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

“Surgical training is intense, and sometimes one can get a bit lost during the process and forget the original motivations for signing up in the first place. Professional development time allows trainees to refocus, take a breath, and remember what a blessing and a privilege it is to be a surgeon and how many different ways we have to help people.” —Dr. Tom Weiser, Co-Director of PD.

Each resident will prepare for their PD time through a comprehensive three-year curriculum designed by Stanford Surgery residents, for Stanford Surgery residents. The program includes time to explore opportunities, find mentors, and learn the finer points of grant writing, all during protected education time. Furthermore, residents receive personal mentorship from one of two Directors of PD so that each plan is personalized to meet their individual goals.

bootcamp—operated by S-SPIRE Center—welcomes residents to this unique time in their academic career. Following this four-week intensive course, PD residents attend leadership seminars hosted by Vice Chair of Education Dr. Jim Korndorffer to further the residents’ growth while also keeping them connected with the Stanford community.

We believe that the knowledge and skillsets obtained during PD time helps our surgical residents to differentiate themselves amongst the other 1200 outstanding graduates in surgery every year.

PD Research in the News

Reducing surgical site infections in low-resource settings

During a stint in Ethiopia, Stanford surgical resident Dr. Jared Forrester worked on a surgical infection prevention plan for low- and middle-income countries. Read his story.

Understanding and Treating Rib Fractures

General Surgery Resident Dr. Jeff Choi’s talks about how rib fractures have transformed his professional development time from studies on intravenous lidocaine for pain management to learning how to use artificial intelligence in medical imaging. Read his story.

Post-surgical abdominal adhesions: A potential cause and possible treatment

Abdominal adhesions frequently occur after abdominal surgery. Stanford researchers, including General Surgery Resident Dr. Deshka Foster, prevented their formation in mice by blocking a molecular pathway. Read her story.

ACA helps trauma patients avoid financial catastrophe, but more is needed

Dr. Charlwes Liu spent his PD years in the National Clinician Scholars Program and doing research on the Affordable Care Act. Read his story.

Meet Our 20-21 Professional Development Residents

We believe that the knowledge and skillsets obtained during PD time helps our surgical residents to differentiate themselves amongst the other 1200 outstanding graduates in surgery every year.

Grand Rounds

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