Department of Surgery Conferences

A wide variety of didactic lectures and surgical teaching conferences are part of our training program. Conferences are attended by faculty and residents.

At the beginning of each academic year, new residents in surgery take the Advanced Trauma Life Support Course (ATLS). Also all PGY-I’s participate in an n “Intern Book Camp” which educated the residents on critical skills such as central line placement, suturing, handover communication, and management of floor emergencies. Additionally a set of core surgical curriculum lectures are also scheduled weekly during July and August for PGY-1 level trainees to aid in their orientation to the house staff function.

As PGY IV’s our residents participate in the American College of Surgeon’s “Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma,” a scenario based course that utilized cadavers to teach advanced anatomic exposures for trauma.

Attendance at the Departmental Morbidity-Mortality Conference is mandatory. Unless directly involved with a patient emergency at the time, residents are excused from clinical duties to attend these conferences. Attendance is taken at each of these meetings and residents are expected to attend these meetings.

Conferences for our House staff

  • Trauma/ Critical Care Conference

This didactic conference is attended by the trauma and anesthesia critical care faculty. All aspects of trauma and critical care of injured patients are discussed and a resident presents a lecture on a topic related to the recent cases seen in the trauma center. Additionally each month a trauma specific M/M conference is held.

  • Vascular Conference

Vascular Conference is a cross-departmental, educational roundtable used for the discussion and planning of upcoming complicated cases and follow-up of past cases. The conference is regularly attended by the faculty, fellows, residents, students, nurses and non-invasive vascular laboratory team.

  • Breast Conference

Directed by Dr. Dooley, this multidisciplinary breast conference discusses cases and management plans for patients.

  • GI Tumor Board Conference

This multidisciplinary conference enhances skills and treatment therapies by identifying and outlining various medical options that advance and improve clinical care for cancer GI patients. 

  • Basic Science Review Conference

Continuing education of basic surgical pathophysiology is critical to generating therapeutic strategies. Basic science instruction is thus an integral part of the residency program. The core basic science concepts reviewed also help prepare residents for the ABSITE Exam.  Material is presented by our faculty and faculty from departments on campus.

  • Clinical Sciences / SCORE Conference

The Surgical Council on Resident Education (SCORE) mission is to improve the education of general surgery residents (trainees) in the United States through the development of a standard national curriculum for general surgery residency training. SCORE has also created a website to deliver educational content aligned with the surgical curriculum.

The SCORE curriculum is developed around the six competencies required of a graduating resident: patient care and procedural skills, medical knowledge, professionalism, communication, practice-based learning, and systems-based practice.

Our department has a weekly conference for faculty and residents to discuss the areas outlined in the SCORE curriculum.

  •  Morbidity and Mortality Conference

M&M is a weekly conference attended by both resident staff and surgical faculty.  During M&M, cases are discussed by the primary resident along with indications, complications, and alternative treatments. Emphasis of the discussions are on understanding potential pitfalls and preventing future complications.

  • Journal Club

This is a monthly meeting to review current and interesting additions to the professional literature from the core surgical journals. Participation by both faculty and residents provide for lively discussions.