Conference Descriptions

Junior Conference

This conference is held on Mondays at 7 a.m. and is for the PGY1s, PGY2s, and PGY3s. The format of this conference focuses on an integrated basic and clinical science curriculum where each week a PGY2 or PGY3 resident with the assistance of a faculty moderator presents an assigned topic. Following the presentation given by the resident, the faculty moderator utilizes the remaining time for open discussion and to answer questions pertaining to the material covered. The textbook used for this conference is Schwartz's Principles of Surgery.

Senior Conference

This conference is held on Mondays at 7 a.m. and is for the PGY4s and PGY5s. The format of this conference focuses on scheduled topics where faculty experts moderate sessions that are much like the real oral boards. Brief feedback is provided immediately and formal feedback is provided every 6 months.

Chairman's Rounds

This conference is held once a month on Mondays at 7 a.m. in place of the Junior and Senior Conferences, where all general surgery residents, non-surgery off rotating residents, and medical students attend. Dr. Weigel, the Chairman of the Department of Surgery, selects a topic and provides several journal articles for review. The format of this conference includes a case presentation by a selected resident or medical student, which provides the basis for discussion and critical review of the topic led by Dr. Weigel.

ABSITE Review Conference

General surgery residents take the American Board of Surgery In-Training Exam (ABSITE) every year. The residency program is dedicated to helping residents succeed on this exam, and thus every year beginning in November the weekly Junior and Senior Conferences transition to being focused on ABSITE preparation. These conferences are designed by residents and meant to be low pressure, high yield meetings. Examples of previously used conference formats include: resident preparation and presentation of last year's ABSITE topics; group discussion of ABSITE-oriented multiple choice questions; weekly mock ABSITEs - 50 question, multiple choice "pre-tests."

Surgical Audit

This conference is held on Tuesdays at 7 a.m. The content of this conference focuses on cases selected to present and an appropriate literature review in order to improve patient care and reduce complications. Residents selected to present cases, work with faculty members in the development of presentation.

Grand Rounds

This conference is held Tuesdays from September through June on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. As surgical science and practice progresses rapidly, a need exists to continuously keep abreast of advances in surgical education, practice, and research. Utilizing visiting experts and local faculty members, development in these areas are formally presented and discussed.

Skills Lab

Skills lab sessions are held on Wednesdays at 7 a.m. A skills lab curriculum is developed allowing for the residents, based upon level, to learn skills in a controlled environment allowing for verifiable proficiency to be achieved. Sessions are led by department faculty and include formal presentations followed by hands-on practice.

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