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. St. Joseph Hospital residents rotate at DHMC for two months in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit during their PGY-II year. PGY-III 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. For more information about trauma care at DHMC, please reference the medical center’s website at: https://www.denverhealth.org/services/trauma
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 Health Sciences Center/University Hospital
University 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 campus.
Medical Center of the Rockies
PGYIV and PGYV residents rotate for 1-3 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 SJH 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.
The General Surgery Residency curriculum includes multiple weekday conferences. The goal of the conferences is to provide an environment of ongoing clinical learning and discussion with expert attending guidance. Conferences are summarized below.
A discussion of interesting, challenging, or “bread and butter” general surgery cases on the inpatient service. The residents and faculty review relevant workup, imaging, operative findings, and postoperative course, discussing the overall course as a miniature case study.
Visiting lecturers and in-house faculty present on areas of interest or expertise.
Morbidity and mortality conference reviewing relevant surgical cases, with the overall goal of improving quality and patient care.
A resident-run didactic conference based upon SCORE curriculum topics and chapters from general surgical textbooks. Content includes interactive discussion of the reading and board-style review questions from SCORE and other resources.
Attending-lead didactic conference featuring monthly vascular lecture, lectures by rotating thoracic surgery fellows, and lectures from faculty in their areas of interest.
Ward rounds with the Kaiser Vascular Surgery Attendings featuring rapid-fire clinical review of relevant topics in vascular surgery.