General Surgery Residency Curriculum
NYU Long Island School of Medicine’s General Surgery Residency curriculum facilitates each resident’s development into a highly competent, ethical, qualified general surgeon who excels in private practice or academic medicine in an urban, suburban, or rural setting. Our goal is for residents to become future leaders in surgery.
We have a diverse patient population that is reflected in the composition of our faculty and residents. We strive to create an atmosphere of mutual respect and camaraderie that typifies our training program and binds our faculty and residents together in the operating room, classroom, and outpatient offices. We do this by emphasizing our values of excellence, respect, safety, cooperation, trust, reliability, and honesty in providing excellent patient care, education, and research. We also encourage residents to find a balance between personal and professional life, and we value and foster a family-friendly environment that we’re proud to be a part of.
Our residents receive an education in the broad field of general surgery with progressively increasing responsibility and autonomy. We provide didactic instruction in the basic and clinical sciences of surgical diseases and conditions and training in procedural skills and operative techniques.
General Surgery Residency program aims include the following:
- provide a superb environment to train categorical and preliminary residents to be the next generation of surgeons
- provide comprehensive knowledge of the pathophysiology and natural history of surgical diseases, as well as an outstanding understanding of general surgery, so that residents are prepared to pass the American Board of Surgery certifying exam
- instill the clinical judgment needed to be adept at managing patients, including critically ill patients, and be able to provide compassionate, effective, high-quality care to a diverse group of patients
- teach the technical skill, knowledge, judgment, and ability to perform emergency and elective surgical procedures safely, effectively, and independently
- emphasize the capacity to communicate effectively with patients, their family members, and healthcare personnel, using written and oral means, during patient care, presentations, and in research
- encourage an appreciation of the diversity of patients and colleagues, a respect for the cultural and religious needs of patients, and the ability to collaborate effectively with other healthcare professionals
- train residents to advance knowledge of and proficiency in patient care and practice by applying the literature and scientific evidence
- instill a commitment to lifelong learning and a willingness to understand and participate in teaching residents and students
Residents progress through a structured educational environment from the need for total supervision to essentially independent function. Faculty members are available to residents even after graduation for continued guidance and mentorship.
Rotations are structured in four-week blocks. Residents rotate through the following areas:
- acute care, trauma, and pediatric surgery
- colorectal surgery
- consult service
- endocrine, hepatobiliary, and oncology
- general surgery
- minimally invasive surgery and bariatric surgery
- night float
- surgical intensive care
- thoracic surgery
- transplant surgery
- vascular surgery
New to our residency is the night float/call format. The night float system consists of a team of a physician assistant and a postgraduate year one (PGY-1), PGY-2, or PGY-3, as well as a chief resident. This format allows team members to provide longitudinal care of patients. When not on night float, junior residents typically take call two weekend days per month. Chief residents take call about once a month.
PGY-4 residents can spend two months on an elective rotation of their choosing. Electives can be requested outside of NYU Langone Health if the desired elective is not available in our hospital, such as Burn Units.
Our program offers a full range of conferences that take place at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island:
- surgical grand rounds
- morbidity and mortality conferences
- robotic training
- Core Competency Day
- animal lab simulation
- weekly didactics
- service-specific conferences
- Surgical Oncology Tumor Board
- Trauma Surgery Conference
- Breast Surgery Conference
- Tumor Board
- Attending Service Rounds
Surgical residents are expected to spend time during their residency conducting basic science or clinical research—or both—in any surgical specialty that they desire. The type of research, location, and funding are left to the discretion of the resident’s interest. The Department of Surgery has initiated a mentorship plan and have faculty who actively partake in scholarly projects.