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The emphasis during the PGY I year is to develop experience in all facets of pre- and postoperative surgical care while mastering the fundamentals of general surgical technique and principles. Operative experience is considered moderate with approximately 100 uncomplicated surgical and endoscopic procedures performed by the PGY I house staff.
Residents' operative experience is again considered moderate and is commensurate with the residents' technical abilities. In general, by the completion of the PGY II year, residents have completed about 250 cases as surgeon.
The third-year operative experience is considered extensive. The average resident in the Ochsner program has performed more than 500 surgical procedures by the completion of the PGY III year.
The average fourth-year resident performs 350 operative procedures during this very busy year bringing the total cases to over 800 by the end of the fourth year.
The average chief resident performs 350 general surgical procedures, bringing the total operative experience to about 1,200 cases by the completion of training. We encourage a graduated level of autonomy and expectations of chief residents to begin to function independently both in making clinical decisions and also in the OR.