Protected education time and conferences for Methodist General Surgery Residents
General Surgery Conferences
We believe a well-rounded surgery program must balance operative time with formal educational time. As such, the Methodist General Surgery Residency Program includes protected education time every week. Tuesday morning conferences include Morbidity and Mortality followed by an alternating journal club/chief's conference. Friday morning conferences include Grand Rounds followed by a basic science lecture series. Breast conference, tumor board, and critical care conferences are also scheduled weekly and attendance is actively encouraged.
General Surgery Clinics
Wednesday (Chief's Clinic) – 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Skills (FLS), Flexible Endoscopy Curriculum (FES), and Skills Lab
- Two hours per week of allotted time has been set aside for the residents to attend either the Skills Lab or FLS and FES.
- Attending surgeons are present each week to educate residents on proper surgical technique.
- Instruction in surgical techniques starts in the intern year, when residents are taught laparoscopic fundamentals in an all-access skills laboratory containing laparoscopic, bronchoscopy, and colonoscopy virtual simulators.
- Quarterly live animal/cadaver experience at the Presbyterian Institute for Minimally Invasive Technology (PIMIT) gives residents a chance to practice new procedures on nonhuman patients.