It is the intent of the General Surgery Training Program to offer all trainees four major objectives of surgical education:
To foster development in each resident of positive humanistic attitudes as essential ingredients of excellence in surgical patient care.
To assure acquisition by each resident of appropriate technical surgical skills and an appreciation of surgical anatomy and physiology.
To provide opportunity for each resident to develop mature surgical judgment based on theoretical considerations and on practical experience.
To develop in each resident an inquiring mind, tempered by appropriate skepticism, by means of vigorous and candid review of one's surgical work and by exposure to the problems of basic and clinical research.
These objectives are reached through time on various surgical subspecialties, including: acute care, trauma, critical care, HPB, minimally invasive, colorectal, breast, endocrine, vascular, transplant, cardiothoracic, and pediatric surgery. Residents also rotate on general surgery services at the VA and various community hospitals, and also spend two months on endoscopy rotations.