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Resident Responsibilities

The development of the young surgeon involves multiple elements. Operative exposure and adequate clinical experience are certainly central to this development. But active participation in teaching and research add to the development of surgeons who will be able to assume leadership roles in either academic or private surgical settings. At NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College we maintain a classical approach to surgical education coupled with modern day technology. A firm belief exists that excellence in clinical surgical judgment develops only after an intimate understanding of the basic principles of surgery. Surgical decision-making skills are refined in didactic sessions in which residents are expected to be actively involved. Teaching, didactic conferences, and research form the core of basic surgical education.

Teaching

The core surgical knowledge is reviewed through a weekly basic science course, and through interactive didactic conferences. Surgical Grand Rounds and the Surgical Morbidity and Mortality Conference present a forum where residents are exposed to the fundamentals of surgical care and to the cutting edge of surgical knowledge. These settings provide residents the opportunity to systematically review basic surgical principles, actively participate in case presentations, and review the current literature. Chief Residents are expected to play an essential role in the instruction of more junior residents, as well as medical students and surgical assistant students.

Conferences

The Department of Surgery has an extensive conference schedule which is constantly reviewed to ensure practicality and adequate dissemination of knowledge. Each of the major services is represented during the course of the week. Interdepartmental conferences at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (notably in Gastroenterology, breast, transplantation, vascular/radiology, endocrine, and thoracic/pulmonary) illustrate the commitment to the complete care of the surgical patient. Regular conference participation by residents serves to enhance the overall academic experience.

Research

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, along with The Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College, and The Rockefeller University provide an unparalleled environment for surgical research. The Department of Surgery strongly supports the involvement of residents in clinical or basic science research. Though research is encouraged, it is not required. However, more than 90% of residents will complete resident fellowships. In general, the most productive experience requires at least a two year commitment to a well defined area of research. The aim of surgical research is to allow residents time to study an area of specific interest and to foster development of skills leading to independent investigation. A "Guideline for Laboratory Research by Residents" is published by the Department of Surgery which reviews the research interests of various investigators. A weekly Surgical Residents Research Conference exists where residents in the lab informally present ongoing work to each other and to the faculty for critical review. A weekly Institutional Surgical Research Conference is also held where more formal presentations are made and invited speakers are heard. In addition, all residents are required to complete a clinical or basic science research project prior to graduation. Our committment to providing our residents protected research time offers a unique opportunity to explore one's full academic potential.

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