New York Medical College At Metropolitan Hospital Center

General Surgery Residency Training Program

Educational Curriculum

The New York Medical College at Metropolitan Hospital Center General Surgery Residency Program is committed to the surgical education of its residents. In addition to educational conferences at each participating institution dedicated to residents currently rotating there, our residents converge at Metropolitan Hospital with faculty members on Academic Wednesday mornings for three-hour sessions of departmental academic conferences. These hours are protected time for the residents: physician assistants and covering house-physicians at the participating hospitals hold the floor pagers to manage non-urgent matters.

NYC Museum The first hour of Academic Wednesday is Morbidity and Mortality conference, where a senior resident presents a recent case involving an associated complication or suboptimal outcome. As in other institutions, this conference is essential for the advancement and betterment of surgical care by the Department of Surgery.

The second hour is Grand Rounds. The format of discussion is different for each week of the month: Clinical Pathology, Tumor Board, Journal Club, and an honorary Guest Lectures are presented on a rotating basis each week. Clinical Pathology and Tumor Board are interdepartmental conferences dedicated to fascinating recent cases where a team-oriented approach to care has led to an unusual diagnosis. Joining our Department of Surgery are the Departments of Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Pathology, and others involved in the particular case being presented. Journal Club is a discussion on timely articles in the surgical literature, often ones selected at the early "online publishing" phase prior to paper press release. Notable Surgeons from outside institutions are invited for Guest Lectures to share their expertise in new surgical developments.

The third hour of Academic Wednesday is split into two thirty-minute lectures presented by residents to their colleagues and medical students: the first dedicated to basic science and the second dedicated to clinical science. The basic science lectures present material in O'Leary's Textbook of Surgery, and the clinical science lectures are based on Sabiston's Textbook of Surgery. This curriculum is intended to form our residents into knowledgeable surgeons, and completes a cover-to-cover survey of O'Leary's over one year, and of Sabiston's over two years.

The above weekly academic conferences will help shape our surgical residents into well-rounded and knowledgeable surgeons, maximizing their chances of Board approval and preparing them for the rapid advances in surgical technology and techniques seen today.