Training and Education


For Applicants

For Residents

The Core & Senior General Surgery Training

Operative Experience

Junior residents at Stanford perform 100-300 cases per year beginning in the PGY-1 year. When you visit us you will have the opportunity to speak with our residents for details of their individual experiences.

A finishing Chief Resident at Stanford will, on average, have performed more than 1000 operations and will have had an excellent personal experience in all of the primary components of General Surgery.

Teaching Conferences

There is a full range of conferences that take place at Stanford and the affiliated hospitals. These include Surgical Grand Rounds, the weekly Morbidity and Mortality conferences, Breast Cancer and Gastrointestinal Tumor Boards, Basic Science and Attending Service rounds. 

We record our Ground Rounds and upload the videos to YouTube each week. View our playlist to the right.

Professional Development

We expect that our surgical residents in our standard 5 + 2 track to spend a well-planned two year period pursuing new knowledge and developing of new techniques that advance the field of surgery and patient care.  The knowledge and skill sets obtained during Professional Development time should different surgical residents from the 1200 other outstanding graduate of surgery every year.

This mission has been achieved, and will continue to be a reality, in an environment in which outstanding surgical faculty have the opportunity to work in concert with highly motivated women and men who share this vision.  This faculty-resident relationship represents the best features of mentoring and assures the educational process necessary to achieve the lofty goals of both the mentor and the trainee. We strive to make our trainees better, and they certainly make us better.

  • -Stanford Surgery ranks 10th in NIH funding
  • -Professional Development is the norm
  • -2-3 years in PD
  • -Expected after PGY2 year

Professional Development Year

Grand Rounds

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