About surgical education and training

Surgical education and the training of medical students, residents, fellows and physicians in practice is an integral piece of our division’s academic endeavors. We strive to cultivate individuals with a passion for surgery, through one on one teaching opportunities, educational course series options and hands-on instruction in clinical and laboratory settings.

General Surgery Residency Program

The division offers a general surgery training program that includes five years of clinical training and one year of research or other advanced training, such as a critical care fellowship.

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Master of Medical Science Program

The Master of Medical Science Program is designed for trainees interested in pursuing a career in academic medicine, to provide opportunity for promising clinically trained individuals to develop into independent biomedical academicians and to facilitate the transition from postdoctoral training to a career as an independent investigator and educator.

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Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery training

Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) is a comprehensive education module that includes a hands-on skills training component and assessment tool designed to teach the physiology, fundamental knowledge and technical skills required in basic laparoscopic surgery.

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Honors Program in Surgery


The Honors Program in Surgery is an elective course for medical students in their fourth year, who are interested in pursuing a career in a surgical field. Course work is spread out over a nine month period. Selected students will participate in lectures, approximately five journal clubs, two to three animate/FLS labs, clinical didactics and the MED III Surgical Anatomy Lab. The animate labs cover abdominal surgery, vascular surgery, thoracic surgery and possibly, minimally invasive surgery. Topics discussed in journal clubs include tumor biology, surgical infections and wounds, informed consent and other legal matters, principles of trauma management and pre- and post-operative care.

Lecture topics may include respiratory therapy, abdominal radiographic findings, transfusion therapy, surgical nutrition, fluids, common drugs and instruments used in the operating room. Selected students will also prepare prosections for the MED III Anatomy Lab and are required to teach three of these labs. Students will spend one day in clinic and one day in surgery with Dr. Muscarella. Finally, student participants will submit a paper expounding on the material covered in the journal clubs.

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