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.

Clinical Sites

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.

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.

They have approximately 25,000 inpatient admissions each year and over 200+ specialized clinical programs that schedule 557,000 visits annually. Last year the hospital performed more than 26,500 surgical procedures.  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. They see over 85,000 patients annually and perform over 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
Core Rotations 
1 Surgical Oncology (Mozden Service) 12 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 Pediatric Surgery 4 Boston Medical Center
1 General Surgery 8 VA Boston
1 Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) 4 Boston Medical Center
Additional Rotations (if experience required, designated preliminary residents) 
1 Cardiothoracic Surgery 4 VA Boston
1 Plastic Surgery 4 Boston Medical Center
1 Anesthesia 4 Boston Medical Center
1 Orthopaedic Surgery 4 Boston Medical Center
1 Urology 4 VA Boston
1 Otolaryngology 4 VA Boston
1 Emergency Medicine 4 Boston Medical Center
2 Surgical Critical Care  14 Boston Medical Center
2 General Surgery  22 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) 24 Boston Medical Center
3 Vascular Surgery (Smithwick Service) 12 Boston Medical Center
4 Trauma Surgery/General Surgery 20 Boston Medical Center
4 Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)/Cardiothoracic Surgery 16 Boston Medical Center
4 General Surgery 8 Cape Cod Hospital
4 Surgical Oncology (Mozden Service) 8 Boston Medical Center
5 Surgical Oncology (Mozden Service) 12 Boston Medical Center
5 Trauma Surgery/General Surgery 14 Boston Medical Center
5 Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)/Cardiothoracic Surgery 12 Boston Medical Center
5 General Surgery 14 VA Boston

Broad experience of surgical cases on each service allows our graduates to meet all ABS requirements.