resident speaking with patients


Our faculty support a diversity of learning styles to promote critical thinking. As a result, our program strengths are the ability to think beyond usual algorithms and to think creatively about patient care and technical approaches to surgery.

All residents are provided an iPad that can be used to access all core surgical textbooks, atlases, review manuals, and ABSITE and Qualifying examination (written boards) preparation resources.

Residents have protected time for all our educational conferences which include:

  • Basic science conference (based on the Surgical Council on Residency Education (SCORE) curriculum)
  • Certifying examination (oral boards) preparation
  • Leadership and professional development
  • Journal clubs
  • Morbidity and mortality conference
  • Multidisciplinary cancer tumor boards
  • PGY specific Skills labs
  • Robotic curriculum
  • Grand rounds lectures

Our program also recognizes the need to provide residents with an environment separate from the actual OR where we can learn and hone our technical skills. We have two facilities, both located at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, conveniently located adjacent to the hospital.

The Washington Institute of Surgical Education (WISE)  and the Clinical Learning & Simulation Skills Center (CLASS) are both available to residents 24 hours, 7 days a week. Residents have access to cutting edge simulators in laparoscopy, endoscopy, robotics, inanimate models, and animal labs.

Each month, each resident class has a dedicated session on a surgical skill that is supervised by our surgical faculty.