Curriculum & Conferences
General Surgery Home
| Rotation Schedule
| Curriculum & Conferences
| Faculty & Residents
| About Augusta
1. MORBIDITY & MORTALITY / QUALITY IMPROVEMENT CONFERENCE - The M&M/QI conference is a weekly conference attended by all residents and staff. This conference will also serve as the basis for Quality Improvement / Performance Improvement / Patient Safety involvement of every resident. Projects will be initiated and completed through the collaborative efforts of teams of residents and faculty. Updates on the progress of each of the projects will be presented by the teams with a final presentation of impacts/results at the end of the academic year.
2. PREOPERATIVE CONFERENCE - On a weekly basis all elective cases for the upcoming week are presented by residents or medical students. Emphasis is on proper indications, surgical techniques, anticipated problems with and pre- and postoperative care and physiology.
3. TUMOR BOARD CONFERENCE - The Tumor Board Conference is a mandatory bi-weekly conference for the faculty and house-staff. Each new malignancy from the hospital system is presented by the operating resident to a multidisciplinary panel of medical oncologists, surgeons, radiotherapists, pathologists, and diagnostic radiologists.
4. JOURNAL CLUB - This conference is recommended for all staff and house-staff. Each month faculty and the administrative chief resident select articles from the current surgical literature for presentation and discussion. Generally, this involves a evening dinner for academic discussion as well as socialization.
5. MULTIDISCIPLINARY ENDOCRINE CONFERENCE - A one hour endocrine conference occurs monthly in conjunction with the endocrinology service.
6. MULTIDISCIPLINARY GASTROENTEROLOGY CONFERENCE - A one hour gastroenterology conference occurs monthly in conjunction with the general surgery and GI service.
7. MULTIDISCIPLINARY CRITICAL CARE CONFERENCE – A one hour critical care conference occurs monthly with participation of hospital intensivists.
8. MULTIDISCIPLINARY VASCULAR SURGERY CONFERENCE – A monthly multidisciplinary conference including DDEAMC vascular surgery and interventional radiology staff discussing patients with complex vascular disease. This conference is designed to explore the disease processes and available interventions for patients with central and peripheral vascular diseases.
9. ATTENDING STAFF ROUNDS – Weekly bedside teaching rounds with the assigned clinic surgery staff. This may consist of didactics or ward rounds based upon the attending’s preference. These rounds will occur on Thursday mornings and will be led by the attending staff and the team’s chief resident.
10. MOCK ORAL BOARDS – A simulated Oral Exam experience is provided for all PGY-4 and PGY-5 level residents biannually.
11. MORNING REPORT - Each morning, the previous night's on-call resident present to the General Surgery Service any patients admitted to the surgery service and any patients seen in consultation. Management decisions are formulated and diagnostic evaluations are discussed.
12. SURGICAL SIMULATION – A laparoscopic simulation lab session will be performed at junior and senior level sessions on alternating weeks. Laparoscopic and endoscopic simulation tasks are performed and surgical skills are refined under faculty and senior resident supervision. This time will be used for progression through the Flexible Endoscopy Curriculum (FEC) as well as to prepare residents for the FES and FLS exams. This time will also be utilized for a robotic surgery training curriculum for residents.
13. OPERATIVE ANATOMY LECTURE SERIES – A structured approach to reviewing relevant surgical anatomy through short presentations describing procedures and the pertinent anatomy. These reviews are designed to highlight not only common procedures performed, but also the less common procedures that still require residents to be fully knowledgeable. The topics will be reinforced with the Cadaver Lab dissection at the end of the month.
14. SURGICAL TEXTBOOK READING REVIEW - Weekly resident-run lectures will cover the assigned reading material in the assigned surgical text. During each of these sessions a short (4-5 question) quiz will be given to each resident. The surgery team with the lowest average score on the quiz will be responsible for presenting the next weeks reading material, and an attending surgeon from that team will be responsible for creating the quiz.
15. CADAVER LAB – Monthly anatomic dissections designed to elaborate on the finer details of commonly performed and not so commonly performed procedures.
16. EVIDENCE-BASED REVIEWS IN SURGERY – This is a monthly conference during which a published manuscript relevant to the field of surgery is presented and analyzed. Primary emphasis is made on the elements of critical evaluation of published articles.
17. MOCK ABSITE EXAM - Each resident in November will perform an online “mock” ABSITE composed of 250 questions similar to the real ABSITE. This will help in test preparation and will aid in identifying those residents who may require more intensive instruction.
18. PROGRAM DIRECTOR’S CONFERENCE - This recurring conference will be conducted by various attending faculty on a rotating basis. The didactic will focus on a variety of topics and skills including oral board preparation and discussions of other relevant topics at the attending’s discretion. This conference will also focus on other topics relevant to physician and Army officer development as part of a broader Military Unique Curriculum (MUC) of leadership.