Conferences are educational opportunities that provide residents with basic science and clinical preparation throughout the course of the 5-year program. Conferences are facilitated by active members of the Mount Carmel surgical faculty who have expertise on the topics to be discussed. Senior residents also provide both clinical and basic science lectures as well as facilitate anatomy dissections and ABSITE reviews throughout the course of the academic year. Residents are provided with new iPad’s at the start of residency and the Mt. Carmel Health Sciences library is a 24 hour on-line resource with free access to various surgical texts and evidence based literature. Examples of such include: Sabiston’s Textbook of Surgery , O’Leary’s Physiologic Basis of Surgery, Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery, Marino’s ICU book, The ABSITE review, Zollinger’s Atlas of Surgical Operations, PubMed, Up-to-Date, Access Surgery, and the Cochrane Review to name a few. There is a comprehensive library of podcasts created by faculty members which serves to review fundamental topics in general surgery such as hemostasis, shock, fluids, electrolytes, nutrition, sepsis and ventilator management, as well as various aspects of trauma surgery. Finally, each resident is provided with free on-line access to the SCORE curriculum and question database.
Basic Science Lecture
Basic Science Lectures are prepared by PGY 2 - PGY 4 residents and presented on a weekly basis with faculty involvement and participation. Resources include the Physiologic Basis of Surgery by J. Patrick O'Leary, MD, and The Surgical Review: An Integrated Basic and Clinical Science Study Guide, edited by Daniel Kreisel, et al.
Journal Club is proctored by senior faculty member Dr. Stephen Buday. Articles from major surgery journals are reviewed and follow-up discussion with residents and faculty follows in this weekly forum.
Morbidity and Mortality (M and M)
During this weekly conference series, several cases are presented by residents, and followed by Evidence-based presentations and discussion. All discussions lead to “Practice Based learning and Improvement”. Frequent “Systems Based” issues are identified and addressed.
Attending faculty present on topics found in Sabiston Text book of Surgery. Residents are required to prepare by completing assigned readings prior to lecture.
Topics are presented by faculty members from Urology, Neurology, Trauma, Vascular or Colon and Rectal topics.
Oncologists present unusual patient cases to a multidisciplinary audience. Potential treatment protocols are determined through discussion. On occasion, residents are called on to assist with presentations. This bi-weekly conference takes place on Fridays.
Residents participate in a formal written and oral ABSITE review of topics and related questions that were missed on the previous ABSITE examination. Residents create a study manual of topics discussed in order to prepare for the next ABSITE examination and to prepare for board certification.
Anatomic Dissection Lab
Cadaver dissections including relevant surgical presentation with precise anatomic detail are presented by PGY 1 and PGY 2 residents. Topics are chosen by residents with staff approval and participation.
PGY 2 - PGY 4 residents, along with a staff advisor, prepare grand rounds topics on a monthly basis. These are formal presentations given to residents and teaching faculty across the spectrum.
Multidisciplinary Trauma Conference
Patient cases are presented for discussion by faculty and residents from participating programs within the trauma system, including general surgery, Orthopedics, neurosurgery, radiology, emergency room physicians, nursing staff, and para-professionals.
Meetings are held every other week and facilitated by the Research Director. Residents discuss current individual and team research projects.
This conference is presented by vascular surgeons and by residents who have rotated on the General Vascular Surgery service. Articles are assigned and presented by junior and senior residents, and patient cases along with angiography reviews are presented by the senior resident on the service for discussion.