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For Future General Surgery Residents


The General Surgery Training Program has 12 interns:

  • Nine in general surgery (six categorical and three preliminary)
  • Three in urology (preliminary)

Categorical positions are six years in length, a period that includes five years of clinical training and one year of research or other advanced training, such as a critical care fellowship. Six chief residents in general surgery graduate each year. The residency provides progressive responsibility in:

  • Preoperative and postoperative care
  • Non-operative management of surgical patients
  • Development of operative skills and the ability to assume independent responsibility for clinical decision-making

First-Year Goals

  • Develop expertise in patient management
  • Acquire basic operative skills
  • Learn to set priorities in management
  • Develop problem-solving, leadership, and teaching skills

First-year residents participate actively in the operating rooms and clinics.

Second-Year Goals

  • Become familiar with important surgical specialties
  • Develop expertise in surgical critical care and burns

Procedural exposure is excellent during the second year. Second-year residents participate in an advanced laparoscopic lab.

Third-Year Goals

The goal of the third year is the development of surgical skills. The resident serves as an intermediate resident on the surgical services, and participates in consultations, decision-making, and a greater number of major procedures.

Fourth- and Fifth-Year Goals

During the fourth and fifth years, the resident is the most senior on each service. In addition to the further development of surgical expertise, the goal of these years is to develop management and leadership skills. During the fourth year, residents are supervised by faculty and by advanced special residents (fellows); during the fifth year, residents act as service chiefs.

The Department of Surgery pays for fourth- and fifth-year residents to attend one major meeting each year, and provides PGY3-5s with $1,650 for the purchase of loupes and books.

Operative experience is diverse and in-depth. Residents will have served as operative surgeons on more than 1,000 major cases by the time of their graduation from the program.

Research

As an academic institution, we believe a research year is essential to a well-balanced surgical education. Therefore, all general surgery residents are required to spend at least one year doing basic science or clinical research after their second or third clinical year. Research can be conducted under the tutelage of basic science mentors in labs at Ohio State or at other academic institutions. During the research year, residents also earn either a master of medical science, a master of business administration, or a master of public health degree from The Ohio State University.

In lieu of research, some residents choose to do a one-year surgical critical care fellowship in the Department of Surgery after their third year. This fellowship prepares the graduating resident to sit for the American Board of Surgery special certificate in critical care medicine.

All second- and third-year residents must also do a clinical or basic science research project, which they present at the Department’s Annual Surgical Research Conference in May. The Department will pay for residents to attend professional meetings if they have an abstract accepted any time during their residency.

Conferences

All residents attend a morbidity and mortality conference, grand rounds, and specialty-specific conferences each week. Residents attend either a basic sciences conference or a senior resident professor conference every other week.

Evaluation

Faculty evaluate residents at the end of each rotation and semiannually. Residents are also evaluated by peers, and medical students using a 360-degree evaluation. Residents are evaluated on professionalism, medical knowledge, patient-care skills, technical skills, interpersonal and communication skills, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice.

All residents take the American Board of Surgery In-Training Exam (ABSITE) in January. Residents at the PGY3 through PGY5 levels participate in Mock Oral Board exams.

Foreign Medical Graduates

Foreign medical graduates applying to the program must hold, or be eligible for, a valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and a J-1 visa, and must have at least one year of experience in an accredited clinical training program in the United States.

General Surgery Rotations

  • Columbus Children’s Hospital (CCH)
  • Grant Medical Center (GMC)
  • James Cancer Hospital (JCH)
  • Ross Heart Hospital (RHH)
  • University Hospital East (UHE)
  • The Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC)

PGY1

  • Colorectal Surgery - OSUMC
  • Endoscopic/Bariatric Surgery - OSUMC
  • Float - OSUMC
  • General Surgery - OSUMC
  • Pediatric Surgery - CCH
  • Surgical Intensive Care - OSUMC
  • Surgical Oncology - JCH
  • Thoracic Surgery - RHH
  • Transplantation - OSUMC
  • Trauma - OSUMC
  • Vascular Surgery - OSUMC, RHH

 PGY2

  • Acute Care Surgery - OSUMC
  • Burns - OSUMC
  • Breast - JCH
  • Endoscopy/Bariatric - OSUMC
  • Float - OSUMC
  • General Surgery - UHE, GMC
  • Surgical Intensive Care - OSUMC
  • Surgical Oncology - OSUMC
  • Vascular Surgery - OSUMC, RHH

 PGY3

  • Acute Care Surgery - OSUMC
  • Colorectal Surgery - OSUMC
  • Float - OSUMC
  • General Surgery - OSUMC
  • Pediatric Surgery - CCH
  • Thoracic Surgery - RHH
  • Transplantation - OSUMC
  • Vascular Surgery - OSUMC, RHH

 PGY4

  • Acute Care Surgery - OSUMC
  • Endoscopy/Bariatric - OSUMC
  • General Surgery - UHE, GMC
  • Surgical Oncology - JCH
  • Vascular Surgery - OSUMC, RHH 

 PGY5

  • Acute Care Surgery - OSUMC
  • Colorectal Surgery - OSUMC
  • General Surgery - OSUMC, UHE 

Application Information

We accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) of the National Resident Matching Program. Selected applicants will be invited for a personal interview.

For more information, contact:
Surgery Resident Manager
Room 680
395 W. 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1250
Phone: (614) 293-8704
Fax: (614) 293-4063