General Surgery Residency

The educational program in the Cedars-Sinai General Surgery Residency Program is designed to provide a combination of clinical experience, didactic teaching and a research year to develop each resident into a general surgeon. The program provides a broad clinical experience, and prepares every resident for a future in academic practice, private practice, or further training in the sub-specialty of their choice. Please refer to the General Surgery Residency Handbook for details.

Each year, we accept five categorical residents. The program is five clinical years in length with up to two years of optional research. The clinical program is summarized in the block diagram below.

PGY LevelRotationLength
PGY 1 Acute Care Surgery 2 months
  Advanced General Surgery 1 month
  Colorectal 1 month
  Liver Transplant / Hepatobiliary 1 month
Night Float 1 month
  Ortho Trauma 1 month
  Peds - CSMC 1 month
  Surgical ICU 2 months
Surgical Oncology 1 month
  Thoracic 1 month
  Vacation, one 4-week block
 PGY 2 Acute Care Surgery 3 months
  Advanced General Surgery 2 months
Surgical ICU 4 months
  Surgical Oncology 3 months
  Vacation, four 1-week blocks
PGY 3 Advanced General Surgery 3 months
  Minimally Invasive Surgery / Bariatrics 3 months
  Peds - CHLA 2 months
  Thoracic 1 month
  Vascular 3 months
  Vacation, four 1-week blocks
 PGY 4 Acute Care Surgery 3 months
  Colorectal 3 months
  Surgical Oncology 2 months
Thoracic 1 month
Liver Transplant / Hepatobiliary 2 months
Minimally Invasive Surgery 1 month
Vacation, four 1-week blocks
PGY 5 Acute Care Surgery 4 months
Minimally Invasive Surgery 2 months
Surgical Oncology 3 months
Vascular 3 months
Vacation, four 1-week blocks

All of the clinical rotations take place at Cedars-Sinai, with the exception of a 2-month rotation to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles during the PGY-3 year, which gives residents the advantage being able to attend all conferences, as well as avoiding added commuting in Los Angeles. The hospital provides ample on-call facilities, excellent ancillary services including around the clock intravenous, phlebotomy and blood gas teams, EKG services, radiology technicians, and patient transport services. Residents receive several added benefits including a monthly food allowance, free parking, as well as access to the House Staff Assistance Program.


Didactic Education Program

The Didactic Education Program includes a wide range of conferences designed to expose each resident to the complete range of material within the broad subject area of General Surgery:

  • Grand Rounds (Wednesday 7 a.m.): The weekly Grand Rounds conferences are presented by departmental faculty or by visiting faculty from institutions throughout the United States. This lecture series is seen to complement the Thursday morning surgical science course, to present important contemporary material, that is not "textbook level" material. Residents are not in the OR during this conference.
  • Basic Science Course (Thursday 7 a.m.): The material for this conference is based on the American Board of Surgery (ABS) and SCORE Weekly Curriculum. All residents have an online copy of the textbook through the SCORE curriculum as well as membership in the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Residents are not in the OR during this conference.
  • General Surgery (Morbidity and Mortality) Conference (Thursday 8-9 a.m.): This weekly conference serves to review complications and interesting surgical service cases. Our redesigned conference involves residents at all levels in the learning process. Residents are not in the OR during this conference.
  • Surgical Skills Lab (Mondays and Thursdays 3-5 p.m.): The Department of Surgery has a Surgical Simulator Laboratory with advanced computerized simulators for endoscopy, laparoscopic surgery and intubation. Residents spend time in the facility under the guidance of faculty members. This laboratory is part of our new endoscopy curriculum, designed to provide all residents with an appropriate experience in a wide range of endoscopic procedures.

In addition there are a number of special lectures throughout the year that bring internationally renowned speakers to the Department of Surgery, as well as a wide range of conferences held for all residents in the institution which comprise a core curriculum.

All residents take the American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination every year. In addition, residents are given opportunities for practice oral examinations. All residents receive the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course, and many have the opportunity to become ATLS Instructors if they desire.


Other Features of the Educational Program

All clinical rotations are accompanied by corresponding outpatient experiences, to enable the resident to be involved in the preoperative and postoperative phases of patient care. All outpatient experiences are supervised by members of the teaching staff.

The research year is usually follows the second or third clinical year, and is fully supported by the Department of Surgery. Research is conducted under the guidance of a member of the faculty and can include basic science research, clinical research, or a combination of these. The selection of a research program and mentor is made by the resident with faculty guidance. Residents are encouraged to present their work at major scientific meetings. Such presentations are fully supported by the department.

Every resident is provided with a faculty mentor for the duration of their residency.