All formal didactic conferences are protected time.

Board Review

Residents review board topics and questions in preparation for both the in-service training examination and the general surgery boards.

Dedicated Surgery Didactics

Faculty organize, supervise, and run extended block didactic sessions, designed to review relevant topics particularly important for passage of the certifying board exams. Content includes weekly faculty lectures based on SCORE, case and research reviews, practice questions and/or review quizzes, and other topics relevant to the practice of general surgery.

Ethics and Professionalism (PGY1s)

The Chair of the Ethics Committee, who has an advanced degree in bioethics, discusses current ethical challenges in medicine and addresses concepts of professionalism.

Grand Rounds

Residents from each specialty deliver Grand Rounds monthly to a multispecialty audience. General Surgery residents deliver this presentation semi-annually.

Journal Club

Residents read current journal articles in preparation for quarterly resident-led sessions facilitated by faculty. Sessions are focused on the practical application of biomedical statistics and the interpretation and critique of current, evidence-based medical literature.

Morbidity and Mortality

Weekly discussion in which residents and faculty participate to analyze adverse outcomes in patient care through peer review.

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS)

Residents are required to complete IHI Open School courses online prior to Orientation.  Our Quality department leads working sessions on QIPS fundamentals and exposure to RCA. The residency program periodically holds sessions to review institutional data and resident and faculty QIPS projects.

Research Series

To help jump start each resident’s research project, the CMHS Research Division provides essential knowledge required for success. Residents and faculty also meet regularly to review ongoing research projects. Finally, residents present their projects in a public forum locally twice per year and are encouraged to present regionally and nationally and to publish.

Simulation and Skills Labs

Tumor Board

Oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, pathologists, and radiologists meet weekly as a multidisciplinary team to discuss current oncology cases and treatment options.