The Surgery Residency Program at Atlanta Medical Center is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The program is designed to prepare physicians for excellence in practice of general surgery and for certification by the American Board of Surgery. While graduates may choose a variety of career paths, the program is primarily focused on excellence in general surgery.
The program has been successful in achieving its goals by providing extensive experience in primary patient care and clinical surgery. Residents experience an intensive didactic curriculum as well as clinical exposure to a cross-section of socioeconomic patients with common and unusual surgical conditions. Atlanta Medical Center, which serves as a regional tertiary Trauma Center, offers residents experience in trauma surgery and critical care medicine.
Three categorical and two preliminary surgical internships are filled each year and three surgical residents complete the full five year program each year. There are no Fellows competing with residents for surgical experience.
Medical students elective for fourth year students are available in trauma, vascular surgery and general surgery. Medical students in their third year from the Medical College of Georgia rotate through Atlanta Medical Center for core curriculum surgery.
Residents in all five years average on-call duty every fourth night and work hours are in compliance with recent ACGME guidelines. Graded progressive participation on cases is designed to increase the residents technical and management skills. The faculty practice is integrated with the residency which provides a meaningful outpatient clinic experience.
The program has an integrated educational curriculum that combines faculty lectures with online resources to provide the house staff with a thorough review of all basic science and clinical topics.
Basic laboratory research is not required. Clinical research and publications are expected of each resident. Annual evaluation by the American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination assesses each resident’s skill and individual evaluations are done by the Surgery Education Advisory Committee. Oral examinations are conducted twice per year by the faculty.
Surgery residents acquire a large volume of surgical case load. Resident attendance at regional, national, and international meetings and presentation of pertinent materials is encouraged and financed by institution. The program provides every resident with membership in the Southeastern Surgical Congress and candidate group membership in The American College of Surgeons.