Residents rotate between acute care, minimally invasive (including bariatric and thoracic), general surgery, and colorectal surgery at Saint Joseph Hospital. Oncologic resections and cancer care are included on the general surgery services.
Didactic conferences are held on a regular basis and are described below. Intermittent skills labs in the simulation center and an off-site animal lab are offered with faculty instruction to allow residents to practice laparoscopic and advanced endoscopic skills in a low stress environment.
Here's a sample annual schedule by post graduate year:
NF - Night Float (CV and Vascular Services)
GS NF - Night Float (General Surgery)
ACS - Acute Care Surgery
MIS - Minimally Invasive Surgery
Red - General Surgery (Kaiser Permanente Attendings)
Blue - General Surgery (SCL Attendings)
Surg Ctr - Outpatient Surgery Center Elective
DH SICU - Surgical Intensive Care Unit (at Denver Health MC)
TACS - Trauma and Acute Care Surgery (at Denver Health MC)
MCR - General Surgery (at Medical Center of the Rockies)
BMT - Bariatric, Thoracic, Minimally Invasive Surgery
While the program is based primarily at Saint Joseph Hospital, the General Surgery residents rotate among four other major institutions.
Denver Health Medical Center
Residents are afforded the invaluable opportunity to rotate at Denver Health Medical Center, one of the busiest trauma centers in the nation, admitting over 2,700 trauma patients per year. Saint Joseph Hospital residents rotate at Denver Health for two months in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit during their PGYII year. PGYIII and IV residents rotate for two to three months at a time on the Trauma and Acute Care Surgery service. Residents are responsible for the assessment and management of trauma and acute care general surgery patients under the guidance of nationally-recognized traumatologists. Learn more about trauma care at Denver Health.
Children's Hospital Colorado
Children's Hospital Colorado is a regional pediatric center and admits more than 6,000 patients yearly. PGYII residents work closely for two months with a large staff of pediatric surgeons managing all aspects of pediatric surgery, including transplants and burns. The Children's Hospital is about a twenty minute drive from Saint Joseph Hospital.
University of Colorado Hospital
University of Colorado Hospital provides PGYII residents with a one month experience in liver, kidney, and pancreas transplant surgery. University Hospital is located on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
Medical Center of the Rockies
PGYIV and PGYV residents rotate for one to three months at Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, CO, approximately an hour north of Denver. Residents rotate with a 10-physician group of general and minimally-invasive surgeons. The rotating Saint Joseph Hospital resident is the only surgical resident coverage at that 166-bed hospital, providing optimal operative experience. A one-bedroom apartment is provided free of charge to rotators.