The Five-Year Program in General Surgery is designed to satisfy the
requirements of the American Board of Surgery, including three full
years devoted to the primary components of general surgery. At the
completion of this program, the trainee will qualify for the examination
of the American Board of Surgery and will be capable of performing as an
independent surgical practitioner.
The training curriculum for General Surgery is a rigorous course of
study that has been meticulously developed in accordance with the
guidelines of the Residency Review Commission.
Three Surgical Services
The General Surgery Residency Program at Lankenau is comprised of three
general surgery services:
Breast Surgery / Plastic
Thoracic Surgery /
Training Design by Year
First Postdoctoral Year
first twelve months of residency are spent in General Surgery at our
home base of Lankenau. The emphasis of the first postdoctoral year is
perioperative patient management.
A night float rotation, shared by all PGY1s fosters maximum continuity
of daytime care by residents.
Second Postdoctoral Year
The Second Postdoctoral Year focuses on developing skills in the
critical care of the surgical patient. Two months in Pediatric Surgery
at Nemours duPont Hospital for Children, two months in Trauma/ Critical
Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. During the time
spent in General Surgery at Lankenau, the resident’s operative
experience is advanced and he/she serves as “midlevel” consult-resident
Third Postdoctoral Year
Eleven months in General Surgery at Lankenau, where the resident’s
operative experience is advanced on the surgical oncology, colorectal
and vascular services.
Two weeks in Burns at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, and two weeks on
Transplantation at Lankenau where the PGY3 performs all renal
Fourth Postdoctoral Year
Nine months are spent in General Surgery at Lankenau as a senior or
chief resident on one of the three general surgery services.
An additional two months are spent as chief resident on the Trauma
Service at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Two months are protected for elective rotations, as residents explore
areas of focused surgical interest and opportunities for advanced
Fifth Postdoctoral Year
The fifth postdoctoral year is spent as chief resident with leadership
experience on each of the three general surgery services at Lankenau.
This significant surgical responsibility prepares the resident to be a
competent technical surgeon, team leader, surgical role model, and
teacher of students and residents.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.