Educational Initiatives

The Surgery Department is committed to changing the way resident education is done by exposing residents to evidence-based learning and training them on updated technology.

All PGY- 1 Categorical residents are provided with a surgical textbook which they are expected to read over the PGY-1 and 2 years. PGY-3 Residents are given Cameron’s, Current Surgical Therapy, which they will keep for 3 years. PGY-5 (Chief) Residents are provided with a trip to the American College of Surgery meeting in the fall of the Chiefs’ year.

Simulation and Skills Training Center
The department has available three laparoscopic simulators for residents’ training. These are used to prepare our senior level residents for required testing of competency by the American Board of Surgery. All residents must pass the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery testing in order to sit for their Boards upon graduation. Preparations have been taken to also house simulators for colonoscopy, bronchoscopy and central venous catheter insertion.

Surgical Anatomy and Techniques Workshops
In conjunction with the Department of Anatomy, Saturday morning training sessions are held to enhance the surgical skills of the residents at all levels. The residents become familiar with surgical anatomy, techniques, instrumentation that they will encounter during their actual operative experience. They learn to use equipment and supplies normally used and already available at Grady Hospital.

Diverse Surgeons Initiative
Each year, at least two PGY-4 residents are recognized as top residents with an interest in advancing their skills in minimally invasive surgery. These residents are invited to attend the Endo-Surgery Institute's Diverse Surgeons Initiative training series. 

Clinical and Scientific Research
The development of research, clinical and scientific, endeavors has been undertaken by encouraging a closer faculty and resident working relationship. This initiative is also necessary to enhance the regional and national exposure of the residents to facilitate an enhanced knowledge base, networking for future post-surgical training and employment, and collaborative clinical and scientific research efforts.