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 utilizes a flipped classroom educational approach, where residents will be assigned weekly modules from SCORE (the General Surgery Resident Curriculum Portal). At the start of the conference residents will complete a short quiz, which will be reviewed by assigned faculty who serve as content experts and who will bring interactive case scenarios to be discussed after the review of the quiz.

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.

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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