The Core & Senior General Surgery Training

The Core Training Program

The first two years of the general surgery training program are specifically designed to develop the knowledge and skills required in the principal components of general surgery and the surgical subspecialties. The objective is to provide residents with first-hand experience managing surgical patients in a variety of surgical areas. Residents develop skills in surgical diagnosis and pre- and postoperative patient management.  Daily activities involve evaluating patients in an ambulatory setting, managing an inpatient bed service, and performing and assisting operations both in the main OR’s and in ambulatory surgery. These activities are supplemented by didactic lectures, clinical case conferences, tumor boards, and radiology and pathology conferences.

All PGY-1 positions are offered through the National Resident Matching Program. Five individuals are selected to enter the 5 + 2 standard categorical general surgery training track, one is selected for the Stanford Accelerated Scientist categorical trackand five are selected for the preliminary track. Throughout the year they are joined by others who have been chosen for training in the surgical specialties at Stanford.


The Chief Year

The final year of training - the "Chief Year" - is designed to build upon the first four clinical years of the program. The goal is to provide an opportunity for the chief resident to be the operating surgeon on the most complex general surgery cases. This year offers high-end operative exposure and intense technical training. By the completion of the chief year, residents will have performed more than 1,000 major cases. In addition, it is a year to develop confidence, assume greater responsibility, exhibit independent surgical judgment and patient management. While the goals are high, they are established to provide each of our trainees with the confidence and skills necessary to compete for the best surgical opportunities in the country and the world.