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Curriculum & Conferences

Curriculum

The first year

  • General Surgery (8 months)
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Anesthesia

The second year

  • General Surgery (8 months)
  • Otolaryngology
  • Urological Surgery
  • Burn Rotation at The University of Wisconsin
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

The third year

  • General Surgery (6 months)
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology (2 months)
  • Endoscopy
  • Transplant Rotation at the University of Wisconsin
  • Electives (Rural Surgery, International Rotation, Research, etc.) (1 month)

The fourth year

  • General Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Endoscopy
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Electives (Rural Surgery, International Rotation & Research) (1 month)

The fifth year

  • General Surgery

Specialty Services

Anesthesiology - Residents work individually with one of the department’s anesthesiologists to learn airway management, support of the anesthetized patient, regional anesthesia, respiratory care, and care of ICU patients. Challenging cases are discussed at monthly conferences.

Cardiothoracic Surgery - Residents work closely with cardiovascular surgeons on diagnostic evaluation of patients, interpreting results, and assisting at major operations. Residents gain maximum experience in cardiac surgery, thoracic and thoracoscopic surgery.

Endoscopy - Residents work with the gastroenterologists to learn the indications, complications, and techniques of colonoscopy and esophagogastroduodenoscopy, percutaneous endoscopic gastrectomy. The resident is also exposed to endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography and associated techniques.

Obstetrics and Gynecology - This busy service has more than 1,500 deliveries a year, offering residents opportunities to work with board certified obstetricians/gynecologists on a wide range of gynecological experiences.

Orthopedic Surgery - Residents learn pre/post operative care of orthopedic patients in the hospital/clinic and assist in surgery. Learning opportunities include working with orthopedic surgeons in the management of fracture cases and non-traumatic conditions involving the musculoskeletal system.

Urology - Through this service, residents work with board certified urologists; learn diagnosis and treatment of urological conditions; and gain an understanding of how urology works with other specialties.

Conferences

Weekly

  • Basic Science Lecture (two-year curriculum)
  • Clinical Science Conference
  • Morbidity/Mortality Conference
  • Breast Cancer Conference
  • Gastrointestinal Tumor Board
  • Vascular Conference

Monthly

Other Conferences

In addition to mandatory surgery conferences, surgical residents are encouraged to attend as many of the daily conferences at the medical center involving other specialties as their schedules permit.

Operative Experience

Experiences are wide ranging, but vary according to the needs of patients at the time each resident is on service. Over the course of five years, a resident typically performs more than 1,100 operative procedures, including 350 major procedures during the fifth year. The following are an average of the major procedures for our graduating residents.

Group Defined Category RRC Minimum Program Average

Skin and Soft Tissue

Skin and Soft Tissue

25

67

Breast

Mastectomy

5

58

 

Axilla

5

23

 

Breast Total

40

93

Head and Neck

Head and Neck

25

35

Alimentary Tract

Esophagus

5

12

 

Stomach

15

18

 

Small Intestine

25

47

 

Large Intestine

40

62

 

Appendix

40

98

 

Anorectal

20

37

 

Alimentary Tract Total

180

272

Abdominal

Biliary

85

151

 

Hernia

85

148

 

Liver

5

5

 

Pancreas

5

5

 

Abdominal Total

250

386

Vascular

Access

10

36

 

Anastomosis, Repair, Exposure, or Endarterectomy

10

48

 

Vascular Total

50

176

Endocrine

Thyroid or Parathyroid

10

15

 

Endocrine Total

15

17

Operative Trauma

Operative

10

13

Non-Operative Trauma

Team Leader Resuscitation

10

12

 

Non-Operative Trauma Total

40

66

Thoracic

Open Thoracotomy

5

12

 

Thoracic Total

20

21

Pediatric

Pediatric

20

31

Plastic

Plastic

10

13

Surgical Critical Care

Surgical Critical Care

40

49

Laparoscopic - Basic

Laparoscopic- Basic

100

253

Endoscopy

Upper Endoscopy

35

55

 

Colonoscopy

50

153

 

Endoscopy Total

85

214

Laparoscopic - Complex

Laparoscopic - Complex

75

109

Role Totals

Total MAJOR

850

1,080

 

Total SURGEON CHIEF

200

338

 

Total TEACHING ASSISTANT

25

36

Residents are exposed to a wide variety of minimally invasive operations including laparoscopy, endoscopy, robotics and endovascular procedures.

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