The first-year residents (PGY-1) rotate through UMC and the VA. The PGY-1 resident functions as a member of a surgical care team. Responsibilities include evaluation and planning for treatment of patients, attendance at rounds, clinics and conferences, and assisting in the operating room.
The operative experience occurs early in this program. The opportunities to assist and perform operative procedures are readily available to the intern. While the junior house officers have significant responsibility, close supervision and backup by more senior house officers and faculty are always present. The high ratio of surgical attending staff to residents and the collegial attitude of the faculty allow above average supervision and support with clinical, operative, and academic activities. PGY-1 residents are expected to assume primary care for patients on their service on a day-to-day basis.
A major goal of the department is to train the resident to understand the principles of pre- and post-operative care. Each resident will meet all ACGME work hour regulations. This is accomplished through a variety of creative scheduling plans including an Emergency General Surgery Service and a Night Surgery rotation.
PGY-1 rotations include General Surgery, Surgical Oncology/Breast Oncology/Hepatopancreaticobiliary Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Cardiothoracic/Vascular Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Emergency General Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, and Plastic Surgery. Residents also rotate in General Surgery at the VA during the PGY-1 year.