Curriculum

Residents in skills lab.

Skills lab.

Our curriculum will help you fully develop your clinical care abilities, research expertise, professionalism, leadership skills and knowledge about the full spectrum of conditions you will encounter as a specialist in surgery.

First Year

First-year trainees rotate through Buffalo General Medical Center, Gates Vascular Institute, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, the Veterans Administration Medical Center, the Erie County Medical Center and the Women's and Childrens' Hospital. Each resident functions as a member of the surgical care team.

The PGY1 residents are responsible for patient care on the floors, although it is also a busy operative year, with residents typically doing 100-150 cases.

Responsibilities include evaluation and planning for treatment of patients, attendance at rounds, clinics and conferences and operating experience.

The PGY1 year exposes the resident to experiences in General, Vascular, Transplant and Pediatric Surgery and Trauma.

Residents in lecture hall.

Second Year

The second year of the program has an integrated curriculum that includes General Surgery, ICU/Critical Care, Vascular/Endovascular Surgery and Head & Neck Surgery. The second-year resident achieves an increasing amount of clinical independence.

Research opportunities following the PGY-2 year are available to residents. These positions will be selected on a competitive basis. Residents may be allowed to spend 1-2 years in a laboratory setting.

Third Year

The PGY-3 year transitions to the senior program and is a critical year in the program - PGY3 residents are challenged with making the transition to supervisor and team leader.

In this year, the experience is broadened. The schedule includes experiences in Pediatric Surgery, Soft Tissue Melanoma, Breast Surgery, Burn and Trauma. The resident cares for more complicated patients and achieves increasing amounts of clinical independence.

Fourth Year

Fourth year assignments include General, Vascular/Endovascular and Thoracic Surgery. The resident achieves increasing amounts of clinical independence. The assignments are designed to provide the clinical experiences needed to become a Chief Resident.

Fifth Year

The fifth year is designed to provide increasing senior-level experience. Chief Residents are expected to fine-tune their decision making judgments as well as their operative technique on major elective procedures with emphasis on complex gastroenterologic, endocrine, and trauma cases.

The Chief Resident runs the service, prepares and presents at conferences and Grand Rounds and teachers junior residents and medical students.

This final year completes the comprehensive training as required by the American Board of Surgery.

Research Year

Residents who are interested in a dedicated research experience are encouraged to spend 1-2 years in a basic science or clinical research program. Each residents salary is supported by the program. Residents usually enter the lab after completing their PGY2 year. Participation in the research is voluntary.

At the time of graduation, most residents pursue a fellowship, but those interested in a career in general surgery are comfortable, confident and competent in their ability to directly enter surgical practice.