The educational program is well organized and provides a framework for study throughout the resident's training period.
- The Morbidity and Mortality Conference, Patient Safety and Grand Rounds Conference is held on Wednesday mornings from 6:30 a.m.- 8:00 a.m.
- The SCORE Conference is from 7:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m. on Wednesdays
- The Vascular Basic Science Conference is held from 7:15 a.m.-8:00 a.m. twice a month.
- In addition, there are multidisciplinary Breast Conferences from 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. on Thursday mornings, Upper GI Conferences (Surgery, GI, Radiology, Pathology) held every Monday from 12:00pm to 1:00pm and Thoracic Oncology Conferences held every Wednesday from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.
- Endocrine and Cutaneous Skin Cancer Conferences are held monthly
- Graduate Medical Education offers a lecture series with a focus on topics applicable to residents from all departments once a month at noon.
- Mock oral scenarios are administered for PGY-5 residents toward the end of the academic year.
Successful advancement to each postgraduate level is based on several factors. Residents are required to demonstrate sound surgical judgment in providing pre- and postoperative care, as well as demonstrate satisfactory progress in acquiring the technical skills necessary to provide high-quality surgical care.
All residents are required to take the annual surgical in-training examination (ABSITE) as an objective method to assess each trainee's fund of knowledge. There are no required minimum scores on the exam for each resident; instead, the program’s collective performance is evaluated to determine deficient areas that become topics for the next year’s curriculum. Residents are provided feedback by the program director twice per year, in which overall strengths and weaknesses are addressed and remedial action, if needed, is recommended. All faculty participate in the evaluation of each resident's performance. We use 360-degree evaluations in which residents are also evaluated by peers, nurses, patients and self-evaluation. Residents also submit anonymous evaluations for each faculty member in order to provide meaningful feedback that serves to maximize the educational efforts by the staff.