Academic Curriculum

New Resident Orientation

The Department developed an orientation program for the incoming interns to help them transition from being a medical student to a surgical intern and prepare them for some of the basic tasks they will be expected to perform immediately.

  1. How to write notes and prescriptions
  2. Communication with Chief Residents and Attendings
  3. NPs and their roles
  4. Professionalism-Informed Consent/Bad News
  5. R2s - “How to survive your first call”
  6. Chief Residents – “Intro to Residency”
  7. R2s – “What I Wish I Had Known”
  8. Clinical Workshop on “How to” do various patient care activities.
    a. Discharge a patient
    b. Pre-op patients
    c. Do post-op orders

      9.    Case Examples – R4s/R5s role play as patients
         a. Rapid atrial fibrillation
         b. Anticoagulation
         c. Change in mental status

     10. How to acquire surgical loupes

Didactic Program

Approximately 3-4 hours per week are dedicated for didactic program.

The teaching program includes:

Basic Science Lecture Series: In addition to an emphasis on the basic and clinical fundamental science that underlies general surgery throughout the program, we ensure that all residents are exposed to the full range of basic science instruction by scheduling the required Basic Science Lecture Series at a time when routine clinical responsibilities do not interfere. The operating rooms have a delayed start on Wednesdays and the conference meets on Wednesday mornings from 7:00 am to 8:30 am. The entire basic science curriculum is based on SCORE and covers topics such as immunology, hemostasis, wound healing, cardiorespiratory and gastrointestinal physiology. Senior residents also present evidence based reviews 6x/yr. We use basic scientists and experts from other departments to make the presentations timely and authoritative. SCORE also includes an assessment component with a multiple-choice test given every week.

Service Conferences: Residents have weekly mandatory conferences in General Surgery/Surgical Oncology, Endocrine Surgery, Vascular Surgery and Pediatric Surgery. The conferences incorporate resident presentations on various surgical topics. There is also a weekly Mortality and Morbidity conference for residents and faculty.  The conferences are held at 7 AM to comply with the duty hour regulations where residents get to go home post call after attending the conference.

The General Surgery conference focuses on case presentations, journal club, multidisciplinary GI oncology and pancreatic disesases.

Grand Round Lectures: Medical Students, Faculty and Residents have a monthly grand rounds lecture where distinguished faculty from outside institutions visit NYU to give a lecture on a surgical topic. The objective for the residents and students is to increase clinical and basic science knowledge base, understand surgical principles, evaluate literature and learn evidence-based approach to clinical decision-making.

Resident Teaching Development Courses: The learning experience is highly dependent upon the teaching skill of the educator, both in individual and group settings. The Department has invested significant resources in helping our residents and attendings become better teachers, including:

  1. Developing clear roles and expectations for residents and attendings to help guide their interactions with students in the OR, on rounds, and in formal teaching conferences.

  2. Providing regular feedback to residents and faculty on their teaching skills, as assessed by students in their end of clerkship evaluations and by residents in their monthly evaluations.

At the end of each year, the department awards a teaching award to a chief resident based on feedback from students and fellow residents.

Course for R5s

"Managing your Career"

A "Managing your Career" course was designed and implemented for fifth year chief residents. The core concepts are reviewed as outlined below:

How should I start looking for a job?

  • Website
  • Medical Journals
  • Alumni List
  • Letters to Chairman of the Department

What different types of position are available?

  • Academic vs. Private

What should I review in considering a position?

  • Geography
  • Type of institution
  • Salary
  • Resources
  • Benefits
  • Research options

Interviewing and Negotiation Skills for job seekers.

Basic concepts of running a medical practice:

  • Review of business plan and profit and loss statements.
  • Understand payers, coding, billing, reimbursements - HMOs vs. Medicare.