The graduate program in General Surgery is a five-year residency with four categorical positions in each year. The Department of Surgery's educational mission is to evaluate young surgeons for leadership positions in community practice as well as academic medicine. Departmental goals are:
To these ends, the program provides a didactic program of lectures and conferences based upon a recurring two-year curriculum in the basic and clinical aspects of general surgery, the surgical specialties, the ACGME competencies, and those aspects of other areas of medicine essential to the care of the surgical patient. Extensive resident participation along with that of the faculty in preparing these conferences is encouraged and expected.
The didactic program includes a self-directed learning program in the basic sciences which includes a textbook review and online assessments; a weekly case presentation and Socratic discussion in Didactic Conference; weekly Morbidity and Mortality Conference; monthly Journal Club to discuss the current surgical literature; Practice and Professionalism Conferences are held every six-weeks and guest lecturers are invited to discuss topics relating to practice development and professionalism in a seminar format; and weekly Grand Rounds in which faculty or visiting professors present updates of various topics of interest germane to the practice of surgery. Each rotation also has specialty specific conferences - the residents on that service are expected to attend and to participate.
Additionally, there are vascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, oncologic surgery, and breast conferences on a weekly basis, and the trauma service has a daily case review discussion among faculty attendings and resident staff. The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine sponsors the Foundational Curriculum which is required of all new residents. The conference focuses on each of the six ACGME competencies.
The importance given to the didactic program by the faculty is evidenced by the fact that residents are excused from all activities except absolute emergencies to attend conferences.
The atmosphere of the department is one of dedication to the residents' education. There are 48 full time faculty members in cardiothoracic, general, plastic and reconstructive, vascular, oncology, trauma and critical care, urologic, and surgical rehabilitation. Other subspecialty surgical services are staffed by clinical faculty who participate in the educational programs. In general surgery, the residents are assigned to one of these teams with four to five faculty members on each team. These teams hold preoperative and postoperative clinic hours together, operate together at scheduled times, and thereby assure the residents continuity of care. On the other services, the residents work closely with the faculty attendings on a daily basis, involving themselves in all aspects of the patients' care.
Because there are only two fellowship programs in the department (Vascular and Trauma/Critical Care) and a urology residency, the general surgical resident truly has a broad exposure to general surgery, cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, and the subspecialties.
Residents are evaluated on a regular basis at the conclusion of each rotation utilizing New Innovations. Semiannual feedback is provided by the program director and the department chairman. Each resident has a faculty advisor who serves as his or her "ombudsman," meeting with the resident regularly and encouraging him or her to identify problem areas that the advisor can help resolve early in their evolution. Chief residents attend and contribute to faculty meetings, and senior residents are included on departmental retreats where they are encouraged to suggest opportunities for improvement in the residency. The program director meets monthly with all of the residents to discuss problems or opportunities for improvement in the program. Residents are asked to evaluate faculty and service at the end of each rotation as well as yearly program evaluations.Top
Resident Meeting - 7:00 a.m. (1st Monday of each month)
Junior Resident Conference - 7:00 a.m.* (3rd & 4th Monday of each month)
Journal Club 7:30 PM (3rd Monday of each month)
Morbidity and Mortality - 6:30 a.m.
Professorial Rounds - 8:00 a.m.
Trauma QI Conference
- 7:00 a.m.
Vascular Conference - 7:30 a.m.
Oncology Conference - 7:30 a.m.
Clinical Cancer Conference - 8:00 a.m. (4th Wednesday of each month)
Practice and Professionalism - 5:00 p.m. * (Every six weeks)
Grand Rounds - 7:00 a.m.
Pulmonary Conference - 7:00 a.m.
Breast Conference - 7:00 a.m.
*Times subject to change
Ginger Hildebrand, Residency Coordinator
Department of Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine
The University of Tennessee Medical Center
l924 Alcoa Highway, Box U-11
Knoxville, Tennessee 37920
865-305-9230 or 800-596-7249
Simulation is the imitation of real-life experience including the use of task and virtual reality trainers, as well as standardized patients to refine technical and clinical skills of healthcare professionals. At the UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation, the goal is continual improvement in quality of patient care and safety through education, practice, and assessment. Simulation can replicate almost any diagnostic or therapeutic situation, from simple IV insertions using low-fidelity task technology to complicated surgeries using high-fidelity, computerized manikins or virtual reality modules.
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