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Although clinical experience is key to a surgical resident's education, formal, didactic conferences are important as well.

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Weekly/ Monthly Conferences

Every Tuesday morning the following conferences are held as part of our didactic schedule:

  • Surgical Grand Rounds
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference
  • Basic Science/Clinical Science Conference

During these conference times, residents are protected from all clinical activity except for emergency care. 

A Journal Club is held monthly where recent surgical articles are critically reviewed by both residents and staff.

Specialty Conferences

Additional specialty conferences are required for residents on particular services, and these may be attended by all residents as well.  These include the following:

  • Acute Care Surgery Conference (weekly) - Didactic sessions presented by ACS faculty
  • Trauma Conference (weekly) -  Trauma cases are presented and reviewed.
  • Vascular Surgery Conference (weekly) - Vascular patient care is discussed.
  • Allegheny General Breast Center Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Conference (weekly)
  • Tumor Board (weekly) - Residents are expected to attend when rotating on the surgical oncology service.

Oral Board Exam Preparation

Each week, PGY-4 and PGY-5 (chief) residents are invited to a session held with selected staff outside of the hospital setting to informally prepare for the oral boards by reviewing material and answering oral board-type questions.

Additionally, in the spring, mock oral board examinations are held for both the PGY-4 and chief residents. This is a combined effort with four additional training programs in the region and involves faculty from all institutions. Residents are given formal evaluations of their performance.

ACLS, ATLS, Orientation

During the first weeks of our General Surgery Residency Program, all residents are expected to take the courses and pass the exams for advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) and advanced trauma life support (ATLS) certification.

Many general surgery residents also choose to obtain ATLS instructor certification during their residency.

Residents are also expected to attend orientation conferences scheduled during the first two months of the PGY-1 (internship) year.


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