Residency Training in General Surgery


Stony Brook's surgical residency is a fully approved five-year postgraduate training program, which has been designed to offer residents a broad range of experience in general surgery, as well as in the surgical subspecialties. The general emphasis of the program is to provide residents with an educational experience that will prepare them for a productive and satisfying career in surgery. Since the career goals of individual residents may differ, it is the goal of our residency training to provide a broad base of surgical education from which a career as a community practitioner, researcher, or academician can be equally well pursued. The program likewise ensures that those residents completing the program will meet the standards of professional excellence adopted by the American Board of Surgery, and will be fully eligible for board certification.

Stony Brook University Medical Center, a tertiary care center serving Long Island and parts of Connecticut, provides the academic base for residency training. The members of our surgical staff are all full-time faculty of Stony Brook's School of Medicine and have a serious commitment to resident training. At University Medical Center the resident has the opportunity to rotate not only on the general surgery service, but also to gain experience on cardiothoracic, neurosurgical, pediatric, transplantation, trauma, and vascular surgical services. In addition, surgical residents gain an extensive experience in surgical intensive care during rotations in the surgical intensive care unit, cardiovascular intensive care unit, and the Burn Center.

While University Medical Center is the center of residency training, the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center serves an invaluable role as a major teaching affiliate for resident training. Attended by the full-time Stony Brook surgical faculty, residents gain experience in general surgery, vascular surgery, thoracic, head and neck, and plastic surgery. Junior residents are also exposed to surgical intensive care at the VA Medical Center.

Winthrop–University Hospital serves as the third major teaching hospital in the residency program. This hospital is noted for its high general surgical volume, as well as the organized series of didactic lectures, that make up the surgical core program. First-year residents can anticipate spending approximately one-third of their first year at each of the three teaching hospitals—University Medical Center, Northport VA Medical Center, and Winthrop–University Hospital. Second-year residents will spend approximately half of the year at University Medical Center on the general surgery and specialty services under the direction of a fourth-year resident. The other half of the year is spent at the other two teaching hospitals.

During the third year each resident begins learning how to direct and be responsible for those junior residents working with him or her. Third-year residents rotate on the general, vascular, and cardiac surgery services at University Medical Center, the Northport VA Medical Center, and Winthrop–University Hospital.

The residency program is organized so that the fourth-year resident rotations consist of approximately two-thirds of the year on specialty services at University Medical Center and the Northport VA Medical Center (including, but not limited to: cardiac, pediatric, and trauma) and the other one-third at Winthrop–University Hospital in general surgery.

The administrative chief resident is responsible for the activities of all residents at University Medical Center, the Northport VA Medical Center, and Winthrop–University Hospital. In addition, a resident advisory council that includes all chief residents and a representative from each postgraduate year serves as a liason between the surgical house staff and the faculty. The individual service chiefs also coordinate, direct, and supervise those residents who are on his or her service.

Opportunities are available for select residents to take a year's leave from the regular program to pursue their research interests in one of the surgical laboratories; it is, however, not a mandatory requirement of the residency program that residents do research in basic science. Special one-year clinical fellowships are also available.

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