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General Surgery Curriculum

There are four General Surgery services offering extensive exposure to a comprehensive range of general surgical problems and the associated operative care. Although the goals and objectives for each general surgery rotation may overlap to some degree, each also offers elements of specialty services ensuring experiences that are unique to each service.

Blue Service

This service is comprised of the full-time faculty practice. The service provides an environment of focused attention to the surgical evaluation and management of patients with hepatobiliary and GI problems, hernias, morbid obesity, and endocrine disease. Many of these problems are managed with the minimally invasive approach. Rotation on this service provides an opportunity to learn the anatomy, pathophysiology, and treatment of alimentary tract disease, including management of morbid obesity by bariatric surgery, hepatobiliary disease, pancreatic disease, abdominal wall hernias, and endocrine organs and systems. Residents are expected to acquire experience in the surgical evaluation, diagnosis, and management of patients and to demonstrate clinical and technical skills in the performance of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures using both open and laparoscopic methods.

Green Service

This service is comprised of members of the full time faculty who concentrate on the management of cancer. Hepatic, biliary, colorectal and breast disease are the main types of disease managed on this service. Residents have a rotation dedicated to learning comprehensive care of patients with breast problems including malignancy. Advanced experience in operations such as liver resection, Whipple operations and adrenalectomy provide senior level training for chief or senior residents. Many of these problems are managed with the minimally invasive approach.

Red Service

This service consists of members of a private general surgery community practice. Rotation on this service provides an opportunity to learn the anatomy, pathophysiology, and treatment of alimentary tract diseases, including management of morbid obesity with bariatric surgery, hepatobiliary disease, abdominal wall surgery, and breast disease. Residents are expected to acquire experience in the surgical evaluation, diagnosis, and management of patients and to demonstrate clinical and technical skills in the performance of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures using both open and laparoscopic methods.

Acute Care Surgery (ACS) Service

This service consists of Trauma and Emergency Surgery physicians who care for emergent and urgent inpatient general surgical problems. It is a very busy consultative service where residents acquire broad experience in evaluation, diagnosis and surgical management in high-acuity clinical situations. Residents are expected to be able to demonstrate clinical and technical skills in management of acute abdominal emergencies using both open and laparoscopic methods.