The definition of the specialty of general surgery, as outlined by the certification requirements of the American Board of Surgery and the Residency Review Committee's Special Essentials, is followed very carefully through our core curriculum.
The curriculum emphasizes "knowledge and skills common to all surgical specialties, including anatomy, physiology, metabolism, immunology, nutrition, pathology, wound healing, shock and resuscitation, trauma and intensive care and neoplasia."
Through the program's educational curriculum, the above basics are applied in the diagnosis, as well as in the pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative care of all patients.
Each level of the postgraduate year acquaints the resident with total management of trauma patients as well as the diseases of the following:
- head and neck
- vascular system
- reproductive system
- alimentary tract
- endocrine system
Included in the curriculum are all phases of:
- diagnostic and therapeutic laparoscopy
- laparoscopic operations
- utlrasonography and endoscopy, including laryngoscopy, bronchoscopy, esophagoscopy, gastroscopy, choledochoscopy and colonscopy.
Graduating chief residents typically perform more than 1,000 cases as principal surgeon in the required defined categories during the course of their residency