The General Surgery Residency Program conducted by the Department of Surgery of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, is accredited by the ACGME (Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education) and is authorized for forty-seven resident positions by the RRC. With six chief residents graduating each year, this rectangular program accepts six PGY1 categorical residents to begin general surgery training each July 1. These residents are selected each year for comprehensive clinical training in preparation for a career in general surgery. Over the course of five years, residents are provided a comprehensive and unique experience in general surgery and its various subspecialties.
Promotion to the second year and to the senior years of the program is assumed but requires satisfactory performance at each level. Seven to nine residents who are interested in subspecialty training will also be accepted for one or two years of general surgery training prior to entering their subspecialty residency.
The University of Massachusetts Coordinated Residency Program in Surgery is a product of the integration of three other residency programs with the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. This coordinated program is designed to capitalize on the academic strength of the medical school and its teaching hospital, together with the clinical strengths of the affiliated hospitals, each of which varies in its clinical emphasis. The University of Massachusetts Medical Center provides exposure to complex tertiary care procedures, such as advanced hepatobiliary -pancreatic surgery, open heart surgery, multi-organ transplantation, and a Level I Trauma Center. The Endosurgery Center at UMMHC further advances training for surgical residents.
All sites have faculty with academic and investigative interests. Rotations are designed such that residents have significant exposure. At any one time, one-half of the residents are assigned to UMMHC both in general surgery and surgical specialties, and the other half are at the Memorial Campus. Additional residents also rotate at the Milford-Whitinsville Regional Medical Center, which provides a rich experience in community-based practice.
This flexibility has been instrumental in helping the program adapt to the technological, educational, fiscal, and regulatory changes that have been occurring over the last few years. With new emphasis upon shorter hospital stays and outpatient management, the ambulatory care and short stay experience now receives more emphasis in surgical training. Outpatient clinics are integrated into the rotations at the UMass Hospital and are incorporated into the clinical experience throughout the program with assignments to private offices and hospital clinics.
During Orientation Week, each new resident is required to complete the two-day American College of Surgeons Advanced Trauma Life Support Course conducted by the University of Massachusetts Hospital Trauma Center. This training, consisting of didactic lectures, skill stations, and an animal exercise laboratory, prepares the surgical resident to manage patients during that first critical hour after major trauma. In addition, new residents complete training in Pediatric Advanced Life Support and begin a surgical skills simulation curriculum. These activities provide the initial portion of the foundation for the strong clinical, technical and academic young surgeons at UMass.