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Surgery Residency Curriculum and Rotations

The bulk of your residency time is spent on the four general surgery services at Morristown Medical Center, where vascular and endovascular, general, laparoscopic, oncologic, plastic, pediatric, thoracic, and urologic surgery are all practiced. You also spend six weeks of rotation at University Hospital in Newark on the liver transplant and hepatic surgery service. In addition, we provide rotation opportunities through some of the local major private practice offices, along with a pediatric surgery rotation and an elective period.

We provide a rich surgical training experience for residents in the preliminary track. Those who have entered the fields of ophthalmology and radiology, as well as residents destined for careers in urology, orthopedics and otolaryngology may spend one or two years in this track.

Our robust teaching program includes weekly audit and grand rounds, chapter review and basic science, and a clinical conference. Monthly, there are Chief's Rounds, Journal Club, and multiple other hospital-wide conferences, like the Tumor Board, that are open to your attendance. Research is actively encouraged within the residency, with over half of the completing chiefs having published papers or abstracts, and/or presented at regional or national meetings. Many of our faculty members have active research projects.

Teaching Conferences

Surgical teaching conferences are dedicated to your education and are provided each week in addition to the clinical conferences in oncology, gastroenterology and vascular disease that have interdepartmental participation. 

Indication Seminar:
Held bimonthly on Tuesday afternoons with full-time faculty and addresses issues in Indications for Surgery.
Vascular Conference:
Monthly Vascular Surgery Conference dedicated to discussion, diagnosis and indications for therapy and new endovascular procedures.
Trauma Conference:
Monthly Trauma Conference with the Director of Trauma and his staff, which is dedicated to discussion, diagnosis and indications.
Surgical Basic Science Text Review:
Friday morning didactic text review. Faculty members are drawn from the Medical Staff at Morristown Medical with occasional outside speakers. These lectures are integrated into a text review.
Journal Club:
Biweekly discussion led by attending or program director of landmark papers in general surgery or pertinent studies to know
Surgical Audit and Surgical Grand Rounds:
Mortality and Morbidity Conference, or surgical audit, held prior to the surgical grand rounds on Wednesday mornings. Senior surgical residents generate a dialogue with attending surgeons concerning the outcome of the surgical procedures over the past week, followed by a formal presentation on a timely topic, as well as a series of lectures from outside speakers. Our roster of outside speakers includes nationally and internationally known surgeons of unparalleled quality. Monthly multi-disciplinary rounds including other specialties in the hospital.
Critical Care:
Core curriculum includes a Friday midday lecture series based on the curriculum of the Surgical Critical Care board review course, and each resident must complete the fundamentals of the Critical Care Medicine course.
Outpatient Experience:
Weekly surgical clinic run by the residents, and during office hours in the attending surgeon's private practice. A vast opportunity is offered in the four areas of patient care: patient evaluation, therapeutic decisions, operative experience and postoperative management. The residents also manage a minor surgical excision clinic and a month's experience in endoscopy is gained in the GI suite. Consistent exposure to ambulatory cases and the office experience prepare one for the operational realities of office practice.


We've arranged our rotations so that you are afforded early exposure to the specialties, while maintaining an ongoing progression in General Surgery. By the end of your third year, you are fully prepared to perform surgery with assurance and safety. 

Rotation Months
General Surgery 6
Surgical Oncology 2
Vascular 2
Nights 2
Rotation Months
General Surgery 2
Cardiac/Thoracic Surgery 2
Trauma 2
Night Float 2
Rotation Months
General Surgery 5
Pediatric Surgery 2
Transplant (NJ Medical School) 1
Night Float 2
Vascular 2
Rotation Months
General Surgery 5
Elective 1
Night Float 2
Vascular 2
Surgical Oncology 2
Rotation Months
General Surgery Chief Resident 4
Endoscopy/Outpatient 2
Night Float 2
Vascular 2
Surgical Oncology 2

In addition, we rotate at Overlook Medical Center for two months throughout our first through fourth years.