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One Year Surgery Preliminary
Five Year General Surgery Categorical
Meetings, Conferences, Readings, & Research
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General Surgery Residency Program - Objectives

Baptist Health System offers two options for training in general surgery: a five-year Categorical program (#1903440CO), leading to eligibility for examination by the American Board of Surgery; and a Preliminary program (#1903440PO) offering preparation for further training in a surgical or related specialty.

 The primary objective of our programs is to provide comprehensive training in surgery to prepare surgeons for independent practice or for additional specialty training. We strive to achieve excellence in patient care for the full range of surgical disorders and to instill an academic mindset toward clinical practice and an appreciation of basic concepts of surgical research. We believe that optimal training of surgeons occurs in a collegial atmosphere, where patients and professional colleagues are treated with respect and sensitivity to their needs as persons.


 General Surgery Residency Program - Program Details

Throughout the training program, residents have close relationships with the clinical faculty in both general surgery and the surgical specialties. On several services, a preceptor style of instruction allows direct contact between junior residents and faculty members. Most of the preceptors are experienced teachers, and provide a rich resource for the residents. On other larger services, senior and junior residents work together as teams. As experience increases, residents are given increasing responsibility for management of patients. We expect this graded responsibility to produce surgeons who are technically proficient, knowledgeable and highly competent in pre- and post-operative care, and personally able to relate to patients in a compassionate, effective and responsible way.   




 Training is provided primarily at Princeton Baptist and Trinity, which have a total of 1,033 beds, including a surgical bed capacity of over 200. More than 16,000 major operations and 11,000 minor and ambulatory surgeries are performed each year. Generally residents average six months of each year at each hospital. In addition to the chief resident's staff service at each hospital, residents are assigned to two or more private services depending on case loads and training requirements. Pediatric surgery experience is obtained at the Children's Hospital of Alabama and transplantation and trauma surgery at University Hospital. A regular schedule of conferences and bedside teaching by experienced faculty members are regular parts of the weekly program. Basic science conferences are also held regularly throughout the year. Residents are on call no more than 1 in 3 nights averaged over a 4 week period.



Residents receive a rich operative experience at the Baptist Health System. Evidence of this is seen in the case numbers:

o        Graduating chiefs generally obtain 1,000 cases over their five years.
o        PGY-1 residents average over 300 cases each.



General Surgery Residency Program - One Year Surgery Preliminary 
(NRMP #1903440PO)

 There are five positions in the first year for those seeking a firm base of general surgery experience before training in a surgery specialty program.

The Preliminary program is designed to develop judgment, skill and knowledge in the management of problems basic to all fields of surgery. Typically, a resident will be assigned to rotate through ten months of general surgery and two months of electives which are planned to meet the needs of each resident. Experience in clinical research is offered.


General Surgery Residency Program - Five Year General Surgery Categorical
(NRMP #1903440CO)



In 2011, we will begin training 4 residents at each level starting with the incoming PGY-1 class. During the first three years, residents are assigned to general surgery, plastic surgery, pediatric surgery, transplantation, cardiovascular/thoracic surgery, and one or more months in anesthesiology, trauma surgery, and otolaryngology. The fourth year includes thoracic surgery, vascular surgery, surgical endoscopy, trauma, and general surgery. Some of these rotations may be arranged at other institutions, such as the University Hospital of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and the Children's Hospital of Alabama.


During the fifth year, the chief resident is responsible for direction and operation of the staff services and the outpatient referral clinics for several months each at the Princeton Baptist campus and the Trinity Medical Center campus. Under the supervision of faculty members at each hospital, the chief resident cares for patients with the full spectrum of surgical diseases. Endoscopic examinations are performed by the residents.

General Surgery Residency Program - Meetings, Conferences, Reading and Research  

Each hospital conducts surgical conferences to provide tracking of morbidity and mortality and regular didactic teaching sessions. Additional conferences in medicine, pathology, radiology and pharmacology are held regularly at each hospital. Regular multidisciplinary conferences, such as tumor board, are also available.

Excellent library facilities available at both locations include computer access to literature searches and other on-line programs. A supervised journal club meets regularly. Computers are designated for resident use at both hospitals.

Residents are expected to complete a clinical or basic research project for publication. Time for full-time research may be assigned and limited funding is available. Using the support of our research office, numerous opportunities are available for successful completion of research projects within the time constraints of the residency program. Residents are encouraged to present their findings at local, regional, or national meetings, and support is available for such presentations and for attending surgical meetings or courses when approved by the program director. Funding is available for resident attendance at national conferences, as well as for a board review course during the final year of training.


 Criteria for applicant consideration is:

  • USMLE test scores of 200 or above on Step 1 and Step 2 (1st attempt). Both scores available before the application deadline will increase your chance of being granted and interview.

  • Three recommendation letters. At least one from a current member of your medical school's surgical teaching facility.

  • We support the J-1 Visa only.

If you meet all of the requirements and would like to apply to our program, submit your application via ERAS before the deadline, December 2, 2011.

General Surgery Residency Program - Meet The Director


 Program Director: 
E. Shields Frey, M.D.  


Assoc. Program Director: 
Derek E. Robinson, M.D. 

Assoc. Program Director:
Stanley C. Hewlett, M.D.

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