General Surgery

Program Overview

The goal of the general surgery residency program is to:

  • Provide a comprehensive training program in general surgery, resulting in graduates capable of safe, competent independent surgical practice, and who, should they choose, can obtain the fellowship of their choice. The degree of clinical responsibility and technical operative experience increases incrementally with each year of training. Residents mature clinically, with their interpersonal skills and ultimately with technical ability. The application of knowledge in the treatment of surgical disease is for lifelong learning. Dr. Parker and faculty has over 20 years of experience educating general surgery residents. Currently, as site director, of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Surgical Residency Program, we will continue to maintain a strong affiliation as we incorporate the incoming PGY1 surgical residents into the resident rotation schedule.

The resident at the completion of training should be able to do the following:

  • Pass the Qualifying and Certifying Examinations offered by the American Board of Surgery.
  • Function independently and safely as a general surgeon.
  • Critically assess the surgical literature.
  • Develop the necessary tools so that graduates can have the career of their choice whether it be academics, private practice or additional surgical fellowship training.

Objectives of the Surgical Residency Program, in addition to fulfilling the requirements of the Residency Review Committee and the American Board of Surgery are to:

  • Provide the trainees with a broad based exposure to patients in the areas designated as the core areas for general surgery: surgical oncology, vascular surgery, trauma, critical care, endoscopy, endocrine surgery, abdominal surgery and surgery of the breast.
  • Provide exposure to all trainees in the subspecialties of surgery, including pediatric surgery, organ transplantation, orthopedics, urology, cardiothoracic surgery and neurosurgery.
  • Ensure an adequate operative experience in the various areas included in the field of general surgery.
  • Ensure an adequate operative experience in the allied disciplines of general surgery, including pediatric surgery, transplant surgery and cardiothoracic surgery.
  • Provide a basic framework of didactic education in all aspects of general surgery.
  • Provide an atmosphere that encourages life-long self-directed learning and scholarly activity.
  • Provide an atmosphere that stresses holistic aspects of the art and science of medicine.
  • Provide opportunities for scholarly activity, whether basic, clinical or outcomes research.
  • Produce surgeons who can be the next generation of surgical practitioners, researchers and surgical leaders.

View and download the General Surgery Residency Meeting Calendar

View and download a Sample Block Schedule