Surgery Morbidity and Mortality Conference (every Tuesday, 7 – 8 AM).

This is a 55-minute discussion of the management of four patients who underwent treatment on one of our surgical services.  This conference provides an opportunity to discuss common (and uncommon) complications of a patient’s therapy as well as the clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, diagnostic algorithm and therapeutic strategies important in the identification and management of surgical diseases.  The cases are selected by the senior residents and the chairman based upon their educational value and are presented by the resident involved in the care of the patient.

Surgical Grand Rounds (every Tuesday, 8 – 9 AM).

This is a formal 45-minute presentation of the state-of-the-art management of a surgical disease.  this presentation is delivered by a faculty member or a visiting professor and correlates with the residents montly reading assignments.

Clinical and Basic Sciences Conference (every other Tuesday, 9 – 10 AM, alternating with Clinical Skill Laboratory).

This is a 60-minute resident-led discussion of the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, diagnostic algorithm and therapeutic strategies important in the management of a basic surgical disease.  The program is aligned with the 24-month SCORE curriculum.

Clinical Skills Laboratory (rotating basis)

Clinical skills training that focuses on the acquisition of essential skills for laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures based on FLS and FES requirements. The program also includes training with animal models.

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.