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:


  • Vascular
  • Endovascular
  • Transplant
  • Minimally invasive surgery


  • Colon surgery
  • Rectal surgery/TEM
  • Minimally invasive surgery


  • Surgical oncology
  • Breast surgery/plastic surgery/microsurgery
  • Thoracic surgery/esophageal surgery

Training design by year

First postdoctoral year

The 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 transplants.

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 fellowship.

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.

Conference schedule

Day Time Conference
Monday No conferences
Tuesday 6:30–7:30 am Mortality and Morbidity
Tuesday 7:30–8:30 am Grand Rounds
Tuesday 4:30–5:30 pm Harmonious Consultation Conference
(September, November, January, March, May) third Tuesday unless otherwise noted
Tuesday &
Noon–1:00 pm Interdisciplinary Basic Science Conference (October, December, February, April)
Thursday 6:30–7:30 am Basic Science Conference & SCORE (every Thursday)
Thursday 7:30–8:30 am

Chairman Conference (Weeks one and five)

Thursday 7:30–8:30 am Journal Club (Week two)
Thursday 7:30–8:30 am Radiology Conference (Week three)
Thursday 7:30–8:30 am Mock Orals (Week four)


Noon–1:00 pm Interdisciplinary Conferences:
  • Pulmonary Oncology Conference (Week one)
  • Tumor Board (Week two)
  • GI Conference (Week three)
  • Breast Conference (Week four)
Thursday 4:30–5:30 pm Vascular Conference (every Thursday)
Friday 6:45–7:30 am Marks Conference—live from Cleveland Clinic (Week one)
Friday 7:30–8:30 am Friday Rectal Cancer Management Conference (Weeks one, three and five)


Penn Medicine Division of Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care

The Trauma Center at Penn is accredited by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation as a Level 1, Regional Resource Trauma Center and is nationally and internationally recognized as a model program for other hospitals. In addition, there is a 24-bed dedicated Surgical Intensive Care Unit where trauma and surgical patients are cared for by board-certified intensivists. This unit provides 24/7, 365-day in-house coverage by a team of physicians and advanced practice nurses utilizing state-of-the-art technology, including VISICU, the computerized “virtual ICU.”

Alfred I duPont Pediatric Surgery

Diagnosis and treatment of pediatric surgical conditions

  • Prenatal consultations (for fetal abnormalities that may have been detected during pregnancy and may require neonatal surgery – operations on newborns)
  • Pediatric trauma evaluations in the Emergency Department (ER) including child abuse consultations
  • 24-hour surgical services through our ER and Level II Trauma Center, as well as ERs within affiliated institutions where Nemours surgeons provide surgical services