Residency training in General Surgery includes hands on patient care experiences both in and out of the operating room as well as didactic sessions, interactive conferences and simulation. The core curriculum not only provides residents with exposure to the full spectrum of General Surgery as science, it teaches about the social, economic and political issues that can affect surgical practice.

PGY - 1 Preliminary

  • 1 month: Surgical Intensive Care, ED, Colorectal Surgery, Trauma Surgery
  • 2 months: Night Float
  • 3 months: General Surgery*, Acute Care Surgery

PGY - 1

  • 1 month: Pediatric Surgery**, Night Float, Surgical Intensive Care, Colorectal Surgery
  • 2 months: Trauma Surgery, Acute Care Surgery
  • 4 months: General Surgery*

PGY - 2

  • 1 month: Transplant Surgery**, Rural Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Night Float, Surgical Intensive Care
  • 2 months: Trauma Surgery, Acute Care Surgery, General Surgery*

PGY - 3

  • 1 month: Trauma Surgery, Surgical Intensive Care, Acute Care Surgery
  • 2 months: Pediatric Surgery**, Colorectal Surgery, Night Float, General Surgery*
  • 2 weeks each:  Quality and Trauma Surgery

PGY - 4

  • 1 month: Head and Neck Surgery
  • 2 months: Acute Care Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, General Surgery*, Night Float
  • 3 months: Vascular Surgery

PGY - 5

  • 1 months: Flex
  • 2 months: Night Float
  • 3 months: Colorectal Surgery, Acute Care Surgery, General Surgery*

* The General Surgery rotation includes Surgical Oncology experience
** Rotations held at University of Illinois College of Medicine at OSF St Francis Medical Center in Peoria

General Surgery Curriculum

Weekly Conferences

  • Core Curriculum Conference
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference

Monthly Conferences

  • Research Conference
  • Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
  • Journal Club
  • Trauma Morbidity and Mortality Conference

Other Conferences

  • Bioethics Seminar
  • Tumor Board/Breast Cancer
  • Tumor Board/GI

Other Educational Opportunities

  • Simulation Lab
  • Mock Oral Exams
  • American Board of Surgery In-training Exam (ABSITE) Review
  • Weekly Teaching Rounds