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Surgery Residency Curriculum

Educational Philosophy

Turning a talented medical student into a capable, empathetic surgeon requires a well-coordinated and designed training program as well as a passion for surgical education. The general surgery residency program at Temple has a strong track record of producing surgeons ready to take on the challenges of clinical practice or the rigors of subspecialty training.

Our unique location provides exposure to a wide variety of pathology, patient populations, and of how social determinants of health impact patient care outcomes.

Each of  our clinical rotations provide ample patient care and operative exposure in an environment that prioritizes education over service. Our educators balance the needs of autonomy and supervision for the trainees while maintaining high quality patient care.

Through a process of active and ongoing feedback from residents, faculty and other members of the healthcare team, we continually analyze and alter our educational offerings to reflect the needs of our residents.  Recent changes include altering our didactic conference to include small group learning and flipped classroom activities, starting an in-hospital in-situ simulation program and growing our ultrasound training.  We believe that feedback is critical in the development of the residents.  Written feedback is given after each rotation by the faulty and the resident and the faculty and residents are encouraged to discuss the resident’s progress throughout their rotations to provide real time actionable feedback.  Each year the Department of Surgery hosts a Grand Rounds speaker that focuses on evaluation and feedback in the adult learner.  Also, the medical school provides numerous faculty development workshops each year centered around this topic. 

The success of the Temple general surgery residency can be documented by the fellowships and positions obtained by our graduates, our board passage rate and the community leadership roles that our trainees pursue. But more important, we take pride in the way our residents care about each other, our patients, and our community. At Temple, we teach the residents the importance of professionalism, humility, communication, relationships and wellness in order to produce competent, grounded and well-rounded surgeons able to face the future challenges in their career and their lives’. 

Conferences and Didactics 

Surgery Residency - Conferences

Our Wednesday morning conference schedule begins with Morbidity and Mortality conference where the department meets to discuss challenging cases and complications.  Additionally, we host joint M and M conference with other surgical specialties and the Anesthesia Department to discuss cases involving multiple services.

Grand Rounds occurs each week during the academic year and covers a variety of both surgical and non-surgical topics. Lecturers come from both within the Temple University System, other academic institutions and non-medical occupations.  The Grand Rounds schedule concludes each year with each Chief Resident presenting on a topic of their choice.  Notable visiting Grand Rounds speakers include:

  • William Walters MD- Managing Director of Operational Medicine for the Department of State
  • Don Smolenski- President of the Philadelphia Eagles
  • Joel Fish- Sports Physcologist of the Philadelphia 76ers
  • Rachel Levine MD- Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvaeddeddaenia
  • Michelle Histand- Director of Innovation at Independence Blue Cross
  • Thoalf Sundt MD- Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Robert Montgomery MD- Director of the NYU Transplant Institute
  • Thomas Scalea MD-Physician in Chief, Shock Trauma Center

Ritchie conference is our weekly didactic session from 9am-11am on Wednesday mornings.  The topics covered follow the two-year score curriculum, are proctored by surgical faculty and are presented through a variety of educational methods including flipped classroom, small group activities, large group lectures and practice board question review.  Each week’s session concluded with two mock oral board scenarios presented to a junior and senior resident by the faculty proctor. 

Skills Lab and Simulation Training

Surgery Residency Skills LabThe William Maul Measley Institute for Clinical Simulation and Patient Safety is an ACS accredited Education institute that provides the opportunity for learning both technical and non-technical skills in a simulated environment. Residents participate in simulation throughout the curriculum. Sessions dedicated to technical skills may include central venous catheter insertion, vascular anastomosis, trauma bay skills in an animate model or surgical exposures in a cadaver. Non-technical skill training focuses on education in informed consent, end of life discussions, stress management and team training.  Also, the Simulation Center serves as a testing center for the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery and Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery exams. 

Along with the simulation center, the Robotics Training Center provide educational opportunity in minimally invasive and robotic surgery.  This is a dynamic space containing both a Davinci robotic trainer and an Intuitive robotic simulator that are used in the standardized robotic curriculum.

Our simulation curriculum culminates each year with the Surgical Olympics where resident teams compete in a variety of technical challenges.

View the simulation curriculum

Surgery Residency Conferences

Clinical Rotations

Our Clinical Rotations are designed to give each resident a broad-based general surgery experience in the academic and community environments.  Each resident will be exposed to general surgical practice and the care provided in the general surgical subspecialties.  Through high quality medical care and the use of evidence-based medicine, the residents will learn to provide surgical care using best practices in differing environments and with a diverse patient population.  The third year provides a unique opportunity to complete a clinical elective of the resident’s design.

View the current clinical rotations. 

Operative Experience

Operative Experience Our residents graduate with well above the 850 major cases required by the American Board of Surgery and ACGME and with no issues fulfilling the requirement for all the defined categories. We provide exposure to all the core general surgery procedures, as well as, a robust experience in robotic, advanced endoscopic and burn surgery.