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Resident Life

The First Postgraduate Year

The first year provides a broad exposure to the principle and secondary components of general surgery. The resident does a series of one month rotations on a variety of surgical services where emphasis is placed on pre- and post-operative management and basic technical skills. Rotations include:

  • General Surgery (Temple University Hospital and Jeanes Hospital)
  • Vascular Surgery (Temple University Hospital)
  • Plastic Surgery (Temple University Hospital)
  • Surgical Oncology (Fox Chase Cancer Center)
  • Pediatric Surgery (St. Christopher's Hospital for Children)
  • Transplant Surgery (Temple University Hospital)
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery (Temple University Hospital)

During this year, first year residents are instructed and nurtured by faculty and senior residents as they gain experience and confidence in patient management, invasive procedures, and simple operations.

The Second Postgraduate Year

The second postgraduate year has been designed to complement the exposure and skills obtained in the first year. Emphasis is placed on surgical critical care and operative technique. The second year rotations include:

  • General Surgery (Temple University Hospital, Jeanes Hospital, and Inspira Medical Center Woodbury)
  • General Surgical Intensive Care Unit (Temple University Hospital)
  • Trauma (Temple University Hospital)
  • Cardiothoracic Surgical Intensive Care Unit (Temple University Hospital)

On these rotations, the second year resident gains the experience and judgment necessary to manage the sickest of surgical patients and also begins to master the specialty of surgery.

 The Third Postgraduate Year

The third postgraduate year provides an intensive experience in general surgery and surgical subspecialities. Residents assume significant responsibility for the diagnostic evaluation and surgical care of patients. The third year rotations include:

  • General surgery (Temple University Hospital, Jeanes Hospital and Inspira Medical Center Woodbury)
  • Trauma (Temple University Hospital)
  • Vascular Surgery (Temple University Hospital)

An elective rotation has been implemented to provide the postgraduate residents the opportunity to explore their fellowship interest or participate in an international medicine rotation.

 The Fourth Postgraduate Year

The fourth year resident assumes greater responsibility in patient care and, in fact, is the senior resident on all the rotations and runs that service.  Fourth year rotations include:

  • Trauma (Temple University Hospital)
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery (Temple University Hospital)
  • Pediatric Surgery (St. Christopher's Hospital for Children)
  • General Surgery (Fox Chase Cancer Center and Inspira Medical Center Woodbury)

 The Fifth Postgraduate Year

During the final year of residency, the resident manages the surgical service to which they are assigned and functions in a junior attending role with surgical faculty.  The chief surgical resident directs the surgical clinics and teaches the junior residents and medical students.  The fifth year rotations include:

  • General Surgery (Temple University Hospital and Jeanes Hospital)
  • Trauma (Temple University Hospital)
  • Transplant/Hepatabiliary (Temple University Hospital)