Many diseases encountered in family medicine are best treated with surgical interventions. Our residents are the primary surgery residents when on service. On call days, the resident takes all surgical admits, scrubs in on emergent surgical cases (typically as first assist), and runs trauma codes. Residents handle postoperative care for general surgery, neurosurgery, bariatrics, urology, and trauma patients. Midlevel providers help to decompress the resident rounding load. Outpatient surgical experiences include plastics, urology, ENT, wound care, and a "lump & bump" clinic for office-based surgical procedures.
We believe that family physicians need to be well-versed in handling surgical diseases. Our surgeons are approachable and enjoy teaching family medicine residents. Residents become comfortable with a wide range of pathology including trauma, cholecystitis, thyroid nodules, breast lumps, appendicitis, bowel obstruction, lower GI bleeding, lymphadenopathy, subcutanous masses, and others.
Residents spend one month of each year on the surgery rotation, and an additional 4 weeks during the PGY-2 year covering the service as night float.