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Surgery Residency Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Educational Program

The Department of Surgery at Abington Memorial Hospital offers a categorical 5-year residency in general surgery and a 1-year preliminary surgical internship.  Both programs provide the resident with the clinical experience necessary to develop broad diagnostic, management, and technical skills with an understanding of the etiology, pathogenesis, and basic science of surgical disease. Each resident grows professionally by assuming gradually increasing responsibility for patient care, commensurate with ability, experience, and developing confidence.

One-Year Program

Both 1-year and 5-year programs begin with "core" training in general surgery and other surgical specialties that provides the resident with a broad understanding  of the principles of patient management and fosters the development of basic technical skills and surgical judgment.

The first-year resident operates with staff surgeons (with the goal of doing 100 cases in the intern year) and is given responsibility commensurate with his or her ability. The basic core program prepares residents for further training in general surgery and other specialties, including otolaryngology, gynecology, anesthesiology, neurosurgery, urology, oral surgery, radiology, ophthalmology and orthopedics. Occasionally, these surgical subspecialties require a second year of general surgery training, which can be arranged. Elective time can be tailored to meet the individual resident's long-range goals.

Five-Year Program

Five residents are accepted into the 5-year program each year. Our residency program is based on the philosophy that the competent general surgeon possesses not only superior operative skills, but also an understanding of the physiology, anatomy, etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and nonoperative management of surgical disorders. To that end, the residency program is organized with a blend of didactic teaching, discussion sessions, preoperative evaluation, operative participation, and postoperative management, including ICU care and outpatient follow-up. Learning is structured so that the resident is first an observer, and then a performer of some of the basic surgical procedures under close supervision. As technical expertise and sound judgement develop, greater independence is encouraged (see operative experience). The program is organized with step-by-step responsibility, accountability, and frequent evaluation and feedback for the trainee.

The first year consists of the core curriculum described above. In the middle clinical years, the resident participates in complex surgical cases, cares for emergency and trauma cases, becomes proficient in gastrointestinal endoscopy and in diagnostic and therapeutic laparoscopic and thoracoscopic procedures, and acts as the junior chief on general surgery inpatient services (see rotations). Graduates of the 5-year program are prepared to be skillful practitioners in general surgery, or may proceed to further training in advanced laparoendoscopic, cardiothoracic, pediatric, plastic, vascular, colon and rectal surgery, transplantation, surgical oncology, trauma / critical care, or to other fellowships (see graduates).

If you have questions about the General Surgery Residency Program or about life as a surgical resident at AMH, please contact any of the following:

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Educational Curriculum

Core conferences meet during protected time on Wednesdays from 7 – 8 AM and Thursdays from 7 – 10:30 AM.

The educational program fully incorporates the SCORE curriculum for general surgery from the American Board of Surgery

Clinical components of the educational program are competency-based and include:

  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference
  • Visiting Professor Lectures
  • Interesting Cases Conference
  • Basic Science Conference
  • *SCORE Conference
    • *SCORE modules address medical knowledge and patient care and cover all essential component areas of general surgery

Example Conference Calendars

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Rotations

PGY1:

 
General Surgery* 3 months
Advanced Laparoendoscopic Surgery 2 months
Bariatric Surgery 1 month
Colon and Rectal Surgery 1 month
Plastic Surgery 1 month
Surgical Oncology 2 months
Trauma/Critical Care 1 month
Vascular Surgery 1 month

PGY2:

 
General Surgery* 4 months
Advanced Laparoendoscopic Surgery 1 month
Burns (Temple University Hospital) 1 month
Colon and Rectal Surgery 1 month
Pediatric Surgery
(Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)
2 months
Vascular Surgery 1 month
Trauma/Critical Care 2 months

PGY3:

 
General Surgery* 4 months
Advanced Laparoendoscopic Surgery 2 months
Colon and Rectal Surgery 1 month
Penetrating Trauma
(Temple University Hospital)
1.5 months
Transplantation
(Hahnemann University Hospital)
.5 months
Trauma/Critical Care 2 months
Vascular Surgery 1 month

PGY4:

 
General Surgery* 5 months
Advanced Laparoendoscopic Surgery 2 months
Cardiothoracic Surgery 1 month
Colon and Rectal Surgery 2 months
Vascular Surgery 2 months

PGY5:

 
General Surgery* 2 months
Advanced Laparoendoscopic Surgery 3 months
Colon and Rectal Surgery 2 months
Surgical Oncology 3 months
Vascular Surgery 2 months

* General Surgery includes traditional general surgery, night emergency surgery, and ambulatory surgery.

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Operative Experience

Procedure

RRC Minimum

Chief Residents

SS&B

25

104

H&N

24

58

ALTR

72

247

AB

65

300

VASC

44

137

ENDO

8

38

THOR

15

36

LAP-B

60

214

LAP-C

25

123

TTL MAJ

750

932

Defined Category Minimums vs. AMH Chief Resident Totals
(Selected Procedures), 2012-13

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Organization and Administration

Department of Surgery

Chair
Program Director, Surgical Residency

Kenric M. Murayama, M.D.

Associate Program Director
Robert K. Josloff, M.D.

Associate Program Director
Kristin M. Noonan, M.D.

Associate Program Director
Director, Surgical Oncology
Christopher M. Pezzi, M.D.

Education Program Coordinator
Rebecca T. Augustine

Divisions

General Surgery
Neurosurgery
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Cardiac Surgery
Thoracic Surgery
Ophthalmology
Orthopedics
Otolaryngology
Urology
Dentistry
Podiatry

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Application Information

All well-qualified senior medical students are welcome to apply. Candidates should have strong academic records, have excelled in surgery and other clinical clerkships, and have strong letters of support. Please submit your application through ERAS - the Electronic Residency Application Service. Only these electronic applications will be accepted.

For information regarding the one-year and five-year residency programs in General Surgery contact:

Kenric M. Murayama, M.D.
Chair and Program Director, Surgical Residency
Department of Surgery
Abington Memorial Hospital
Abington, PA 19001
Phone: (215) 481-7464
FAX: (215) 481-2159
Email: amh-surgery@abingtonhealth.org

Interviews are granted only after review of the application and supporting letters.

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