Educational Experience

We offer formal teaching conferences to all residents throughout the year and in the subspecialties during specific rotations. General surgery residents acquire an in-depth knowledge of the pre- and post-operative care of acutely ill patients, the principles of surgical physiology and wound management, as well as the essentials of conventional and minimally invasive operative techniques.

In addition to resident/faculty and resident/resident interaction in clinical care situations, the core educational curriculum includes regularly scheduled didactic and interactive teaching during several weekly conferences, including:

  • Grand rounds
  • Morbidity and mortality conference
  • Residents basic science/clinical case conference
  • Surgical oncology conference

Our general surgery residents' educational experience is paramount to the overall residency program, which is why we've incorporated other unique program initiatives to enhance the education experience. One initiative that sets our residency program apart is the Team Education Coordinator program, in which a faculty member in each rotation oversees resident goals/objectives, progress and rotation evaluations. Our residency program also features:

  • Portfolios
  • Surgical education meetings
  • Residents as Teachers and Leaders Program
  • Teaching Effectiveness Program
  • Resident retreats
  • Quarterly resident town hall meetings
  • Surgical skills curriculum, laparoscopic simulation centers
  • Surgical Training and Assessment Tool/quality-based surgical training
  • Quality improvement grant
  • Mock oral exams
  • International rotation in Santiago, Chile

The University of Chicago Medicine also boasts the first-ever surgical ethics program in the country. This program, spearheaded by Drs. Peter Angelos and Mark Siegler, is sponsored by the American College of Surgeons and provides an ethics curriculum for surgical residents. The program coordinates a weekly seminar series and monthly ethics case conference for residents and faculty.