Clinical Program & Rotations

Residency Overview

Our goal is for you to develop into a complete, independent, safe general surgeon. As the only training program in the Intermountain West, one of our missions is to supply general surgeons for our region. Thus, our clinical program is not based on you completing a fellowship where you will learn to operate. It is based on you being well trained and ready for independent practice.

Our program uses four different facilities for training:

  1. University Hospital Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI)
  2. George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VA)
  3. Primary Children's Hospital (PCH)
  4. Intermountain Medical Center (IMC)

Each of these locations uses the principle of progressive autonomy to achieve the above-stated goal of developing into an independent surgeon.

Residency per year

PGY-1

This year is meant to be an introduction to general surgery in addition to the various specialties in general surgery. Most rotations are one month long. Rotations include:

  • Colorectal Surgery (University)
  • Surgical Oncology (University)
  • Breast Health (University)
  • Acute Care Surgery (University)
  • Burn Surgery (University)
  • Transplant Surgery (University)
  • Anesthesiology (University)
  • General Surgery (VA)
  • Vascular Surgery (VA)
  • Pediatric Surgery (PCH)
  • General Surgery (IMC [2 months])

PGY-2

This year is based on critical care, in addition to learning leadership skills as the most senior resident on the Burn Surgery service. These rotations are all two months in length. Rotations include:

  • SICU (University)
  • Burn Surgery (University)
  • Surgical Oncology (University)
  • Acute Care Surgery-PM (University)
  • General Surgery (IMC)General Surgery (VA)

PGY-3

This is a transitional year for the residency. On some of the services, you are the most senior resident, while on others you may be the only resident working one on one with faculty members. You will also participate in Endoscopy during this year. These rotations are all two months in length. Rotations include:

  • Acute Care Surgery (University)
  • SICU (University)
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery (University)
  • Pediatric Surgery (PCH)
  • Transplant Surgery (IMC)
  • Endoscopy (VA)

PGY-4

You are now starting the senior years of the program. On every rotation, you are the most senior resident. There are still opportunities to work one on one as the only resident on a rotation These rotations are 2 months in length and include:

  • Breast Health/Head & Neck Surgery (University)
  • General Surgery (University)
  • Acute Care Surgery-PM (University)
  • Thoracic Surgery (University)
  • General Surgery (IMC)
  • Vascular Surgery (IMC)

PGY-5

The Chief year is important in your development as a competent, independent general surgeon. You are expected to lead teams and care for the most complex patients in the hospital. It is here, in addition to some of the time during your PGY-4 year, where you refine all the skills you have acquired thus far in the residency. Rotations include:

  • Colorectal Surgery (University)
  • Surgical Oncology (University)
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery (University)
  • Acute Care Surgery (University)
  • General Surgery (VA)General Surgery (IMC)