The objectives of a curriculum describe the desired changes that occur in the behavior of learners when goals of the curriculum have been achieved. These objectives are expressed as outcomes and are related to one or more of the competencies or attitudes described as outcomes of professional education. Thus, objectives for the curriculum in surgery specify what the resident should know, be able to do, or have an attitude about. Each of the following curriculum objectives should be prefaced with the phrase: "At the completion of training, the resident should be able to…"
Residents have time on Thursdays from 7 a.m. until approximately 1 p.m. for the academic component of their surgical training. The instructional methods for our conferences include performance presentation, feedback, and formal classroom instruction. The core curriculum is integrated into these discussions and through the assignment of special projects. The use of laparoscopic trainers and high-tech simulation for minimally invasive surgery is also part of our curriculum. Residents have an opportunity to use animal models for the development of minimally invasive and open surgical skills. Residents also engage in a formal mock oral examination in preparation for the qualifying examination for the American Board of Surgery.
The main components of our curriculum are: morbidity and mortality (M&M) conference, grand rounds, basic science conferences, systems-based practice, subspecialty conferences, chairman’s conferences, pathology conferences, trauma M&M, monthly research meetings, ABSITE and mock oral review, and MIS training.
View our schedule of upcoming grand rounds lectures.