Curriculum

When you graduate from our program, you will be a confident general surgeon ready for practice or further education in a subspecialty fellowship. In addition to our five-year curriculum, your education will be augmented with patient care, formal rounds, conferences, basic science lectures, journal clubs, bioskills sessions, and research with WMed faculty. Residents are also offered the option to pursue one to two years of research following their PGY-3 year. Together, we make the teaching of other residents and medical students an integral part of your academic experience.

PGY-1 Schedule

Blocks Rotation
11 General/Acute Care Surgery
1 Pediatric Surgery
1 Trauma/Critical Care


PGY-2 Schedule

Blocks Rotation
8 General/Acute Care Surgery
1 Breast Surgery
2 Endoscopy/Colorectal Surgery
1 Trauma/Critical Care
1 Vascular Surgery


PGY-3 Schedule

Blocks Rotation
8 General/Acute Care Surgery
1 Bariatric Surgery
1 Pediatric Surgery
2 Thoracic Surgery
1 Elective


PGY-4 Schedule

Blocks Rotation
6 General/Acute Care Surgery
1 Breast Surgery
1 Transplant Surgery
3 Trauma Surgery
1 Elective


PGY-5 Schedule

Blocks Rotation
11 General/Acute Care Surgery
2 Elective

 

Operative Experience

At WMed, we place a deep emphasis on providing excellent hands-on training in our simulation labs and the operating-room environment. All of this serves our mission that each graduate of our program is equipped with the skills and confidence to be a top-notch surgeon ready for practice or continuing education in a subspecialty fellowship.

Average Operative Experience In Defined Categories

*Numbers represent a three-year average based on graduate case logs

Case Numbers Categories
86 Skin, Soft Tissue, and Breast
84 Head and Neck
279 Alimentary Tract
410 Abdominal
11 Liver
11 Pancreas
177 Vascular
27 Endocrine
27 Trauma
31 Thoracic
36 Pediatric
22 Plastic Surgery
265 Laparoscopic-Basic
113 Laparoscopic-Complex
113 Endoscopy
1,204 Total Major Cases
307 Total Chief Cases
132 Average PGY-1 Total
226 Average PGY-2 Total
286 Average PGY-3 Total
321 Average PGY-4 Total


Conferences

At WMed, Thursday mornings, 7 a.m. to noon, are protected time for our General Surgery residents to attend didactic and skills lab sessions.

Thursday Morning Schedule:

  • Morbidity & Mortality
  • Grand Rounds
  • Journal Club (quarterly)
  • Core Curriculum based on the SCORE Curriculum 

Simulation, ultrasound, and bioskills lab occur one Thursday each month in lieu of conferences.
Attending rounds also occurs weekly at both hospitals.