Program Description and Rotations
The Surgery Residency Program is a five-year program with five categorical residents per year. Residents have the option of pursuing a research fellowship during their residency training. The clinical training program is a hands-on experience with residents performing operations beginning in their intern year. The program graduates caring, capable physicians who are highly competent technicians. The majority of our residents pursue additional fellowship training.
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 a 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.
Subspecialty experience includes rotations in urology, orthopaedics, cardiothoracic surgery, plastic surgery, otolaryngology and pediatric surgery. Rotations during the intern year are four weeks in duration. The second year includes rotations in the surgical intensive care units.
Boston Children’s Hospital is a 395-bed comprehensive center for pediatric health care. As one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States, Children’s offers a complete range of health care services for children from birth through 21 years of age.
Boston Children’s Hospital has approximately 25,000 inpatient admissions each year and more than 200 specialized clinical programs that schedule 557,000 visits annually. Our residents rotate to Children’s with residents from the other teaching hospitals in the city.
Cape Cod Hospital is located on a 38-acre Hyannis waterfront campus which includes 14 medical office buildings, the Breast Care Center for digital mammography and diagnostic testing, the Infectious Disease Clinical Services, and a hospital-supported community health center. Like BMC, it has one of the busiest Emergency Centers in Massachusetts. Cape Cod Hospital sees over 85,000 patients annually and performs more than 12,500 surgical procedures a year. The residents are supervised by a busy group of general, vascular, and thoracic surgeons committed to resident education.
|PGY Level||Rotation||Length (weeks)||Location|
|1||Surgical Oncology (Mozden Service)||8||Boston Medical Center|
|1||Vascular Surgery (Smithwick Service)||8||Boston Medical Center|
|1||Surgical Critical Care||4||Boston Medical Center|
|1||Trauma Surgery/General Surgery||8||Boston Medical Center|
|1||Plastic Surgery||4||Boston Medical Center|
|1||General Surgery||4||VA Boston|
|1||Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)||4||Boston Medical Center|
|1||Colorectal Surgery||4||Boston Medical Center|
|1||Thoracic Surgery||4||Boston Medical Center|
|Additional Rotations (if experience required, designated preliminary residents)|
|1||Cardiothoracic Surgery||4||VA Boston|
|1||Anesthesia||4||Boston Medical Center|
|1||Orthopaedic Surgery||4||Boston Medical Center|
|2||Surgical Critical Care||18||Boston Medical Center|
|2||General Surgery||18||Cape Cod Hospital|
|2||General Surgery||16||VA Boston|
|3||General Surgery||12||Cape Cod Hospital|
|3||Pediatric Surgery||4||Boston Children’s Hospital|
|3||General Surgery (Trauma Consult Service)||20||Boston Medical Center|
|3||Vascular Surgery (Smithwick Service)||12||Boston Medical Center|
|3||Surgical Oncology (Mozden Service)||4||Boston Medical Center|
|4||General Surgery/Trauma Acute Care Surgery||20||Boston Medical Center|
|4||General Surgery||12||Cape Cod Hospital|
|4||Surgical Oncology (Mozden Service)||8||Boston Medical Center|
|4||Thoracic Surgery||10||Boston Medical Center||
|4||Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)||4||Boston Medical Center|
|4||Elective Block (determined on resident interest)||4||TBD|
|5||Surgical Oncology (Mozden Service)||10||Boston Medical Center|
|5||Trauma Surgery/General Surgery||10||Boston Medical Center|
|5||Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)/Colorectal||11||Boston Medical Center|
|5||Colorectal Surgery||11||Boston Medical Center|
|5||General Surgery||10||VA Boston|
Broad experience of surgical cases on each service allows our graduates to meet all ABS requirements.