Morbidity and Mortality Conference
- M&M Conference is held on Fridays from 7-8 a.m.
- The chief or senior resident involved in the critical aspects of the perioperative care, the primary decision for operation and the operation itself will make the presentation of the case.
- The following events are expected to be reported every week:
- Death within 30 days
- Unplanned take back to the OR
- Unanticipated re-admissions within 30 days of discharge
- Unanticipated significant escalation of care
- Cases of particular educational value
- Protected teaching time is on Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon.
- Lecture contents are based on ABSITE subjects and vary week to week.
- The majority of the lectures are performed by the attending or chief/senior residents. PGY1s/2s are expected to present on more topics after the ABSITE.
- The "Board-Focused Review/Questions/Videos" session is an hour at the end of each didactic to review the highest yield materials on that particular topic.
Journal Clubs and Mock Orals
- Journal Clubs and Mock Orals alternate each month and are held on the last Tuesday of the month from 18:30-20:30.
- Journal clubs: "Cocktails and Controversy" journal clubs are held at a local restaurant or a faculty's house. During each session, a guest faculty will discuss specific controversial topics in their related field of interest supported by selected recent literature. All residents are expected to attend and participate in the journal clubs.
- Mock Orals: Once every other month, PGY4s and 5s invite a renowned faculty in the field (occasionally from outside academic programs) to review a number of common oral board scenarios over a dinner event.
Tumor Board Conference
- Tumor board conference is held on Thursdays from 7 to 8 a.m.
- A multidisciplinary team of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and surgeons (surgical oncology and colorectal surgeons) review and discuss staging and treatment plans for complex cancer patients.
- Learning through simulation training is an essential component of our surgical residency curriculum. Each simulation session is held on a Friday morning during the protected education time at MedStar Harbor Hospital’s Clinical Simulation Lab (total of 10-12 sessions per academic year).
- The goal is to train junior and mid-level residents in performing common bedside procedures like central line placement, chest tube placement, incision and drainage of abscesses, as well as important surgical techniques like vascular and bowel anastomosis. Residents also spend time to practice Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) and Flexible Endoscopy Curriculum (FEC) in preparation for board certification.
- Cadaver Labs are held 3-4 times a year, focused on vascular control, chest and abdominal procedures as well as head and neck surgery.