The nondesignated Preliminary Surgery Residency offers a wide variety of surgical experiences to residents who have not yet chosen a surgical subspecialty. The program gives you one year of general surgery training before you go on to the military, public health or other professional interest.

Rotation schedule

This is a typical rotation schedule for the nondesignated preliminary surgery year. These rotations may be changed based on your interest in a particular specialty.

Rotation Length
Colon and rectal surgery 1.5 months
Elective 1.5 months
General surgery 3 months
Vascular surgery 1.5 months
Plastic surgery 1.5 months
Pediatric surgery 1.5 months
Trauma, critical care and general surgery 1.5 months

Didactic training

Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are integral parts of the Preliminary Surgery Residency. For example, you may participate in:

  • Morbidity and mortality conference
  • Basic science conference
  • Chief resident conference
  • Surgical Grand Rounds
  • Journal club

Research training

Preliminary surgery residents are not required to do research, but they may choose to participate in clinical research in which they conduct chart reviews and write papers or prepare case study presentations.

Sept. 11, 2014