Outpatient Experience

The Surgery Residency Program is committed to surgical resident education as a continuum encompassing an initial patient encounter and diagnostic evaluation, surgical planning, surgical intervention and care throughout the totality of the postoperative phase. Extensive outpatient experience in the core disciplines of general surgery is available in the following settings:

All elective admissions to the BMC general surgery service come through an outpatient clinic system in which the residents are full and central participants. All clinic sessions are attended by a full-time faculty member who is responsible for supervision of the house staff in the clinic setting. Residents assigned to clinics see preoperative and postoperative patients with the attending staff on their service.


Most of the elective admissions to the Boston VA come from the outpatient clinic which, similar to the BMC is staffed by residents and supervised by attendings. The VA runs combined general surgery/vascular surgery clinics and GI clinic. All patients in these clinics are seen by surgical house staff with direct attending supervision. These clinics handle a large volume of patient visits per year and provide residents with thorough preoperative and postoperative involvement with their patients.