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Residency Conferences

Surgical Grand Rounds (every Tuesday, 7 – 8 AM).  This is a formal 45-minute presentation of the state-of-the-art management of a surgical disease given by a faculty member or a visiting professor.  A 10 – 15 minute period of discussion follows the presentation.

Surgery Morbidity and Mortality Conference (every other Tuesday, 8 – 9 AM, alternating with Great Case Conference). This is a 55-minute discussion of the management of four patients who developed complications after surgical care.  The cases to be presented are chosen by the senior residents and the chairman for their educational value and are presented by the resident involved in the care of the patient.  This conference focuses on the prevention, recognition and management of complications of operative management of surgical patients.

Great Case Conference (every other Tuesday, 8 – 9 AM, alternating with Surgery Morbidity & Mortality Conference).  This is a 55-minute discussion of the management of four patients who underwent treatment for a surgical disease on one of our surgical services.  The cases presented are chosen by the senior residents for their educational value and are presented by the resident involved in the care of the patient.  This conference focuses on the clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, diagnostic algorithm and therapeutic strategies important in the management of the patient’s disease.

Case-based Learning Seminar (every Tuesday, 9 – 10 AM). This is a 60-minute Socratic discussion of the management of one or two patients who underwent treatment for a surgical disease on one of our surgical services.  The cases to be presented correspond to the student’s reading program and are chosen and presented by the students.  This conference focuses on the clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, diagnostic algorithm and therapeutic strategies important in the management of the patient’s disease.

Chairman’s Rounds (every Thursday, 5 – 6 PM). This is a 60-minute Socratic discussion of the evaluation and management of a surgical patient who is currently being cared for by one of the senior students.  In addition to optimizing the student’s ability to present a patient’s medical history and physical findings, this conference focuses on the clinical presentation, pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, diagnostic algorithm, and therapeutic strategies important in the management of the patient’s disease.

Clinical Skills Laboratory (every other Tuesday, 8 – 9 AM, alternating with Case-based Learning Modules). This is a 60 minute session that focuses on the acquisition and testing of technical skills using inanimate and cadaveric models.  These sessions include the practicing and testing of open surgical, laparoscopic, and imaging techniques.  Experiences with standardized patients and robotics to teach and assess the evaluation and management of physiologic abnormalities associated with critical illness as well as teamwork and communication skills that prevent medical errors and adverse events.

Journal Club (Tuesday, 6 – 8 PM, once per month).  This is a resident-driven, faculty-proctored 2-hour informal discussion of three to four articles from the recent surgical literature. The articles are picked by the administrative chief resident and presented by both junior and senior residents.  Journal club is held monthly at an area restaurant.

Senior Honor’s Seminar (every Thursday, 4 -5 PM). In this seminar, the senior student investigates in depth an aspect of a surgical disease and delivers a 45 –minute presentation to the surgical faculty and the other senior students.  This seminar is mentored by the faculty.  The topics must be approved by the course director.  Examples of seminars include physiology of gastric operations, physiology of wound healing, genetic basis of colorectal cancer, the physiology of aneurismal rupture and the physiology of acute abdominal pain.