Educational Resources for General Surgery Residency
The General Surgery Residency Program supplies residents with the educational resources to aid in the resident’s learning environment. Residents have access to basic texts and web-based exercises; current peer-reviewed literature that assists with evidence-based practice; knowledge and skills acquisition through didactic lectures, simulation training, and conferences; supervised rotations involving educationally-sound clinical and cognitive experiences in the wards, clinics, and the operating rooms; and opportunity for basic, translational, clinical, educational, or other research. Additionally, the following resources are made available:
- American College of Surgeons Fundamentals of Surgery (pre-intern curriculum): FSC is offered to incoming interns/PGY1s in preparation for clinical responsibilities and real-life situations they will encounter. FSC modules are required to be completed before the end of the PGY1 year.
- Campbell University Medical School Library: CUSOM Medical Library offers 24/7 access to over 3,800 full-text electronic journals, thousands of books, Access Surgery, and many major medical information databases. Residents should stay updated on the latest evidence-based medical practice as journal articles are frequently circulated and discussed. The medical library also has a Patient Informatics Consult Service (PICS) program to provide patients and their families with health information. Because the practice of evidence-based medicine is of the highest priority, through synchronous services (Library Information Desk, SearchDoc, the Librarian On-Call, and Learning Site), staff expertise is available electronically 24/7.
- Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES): FES is a comprehensive educational and assessment tool designed to teach and evaluate the fundamental knowledge, clinical judgment, and technical skills required in the performance of basic gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopic surgery (endoscopy)1.
- Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS): FLS is a comprehensive web-based education module that includes a hands-on skills training component and assessment tool designed to teach the physiology, fundamental knowledge, and technical skills required in basic laparoscopic surgery2.
- Surgical Council On Resident Education (SCORE): SCORE is a foundational resource for formal didactics. Residents are expected to complete the weekly TWIS assignments as well as associated quizzes. Residents are responsible for creating their self-study program which is monitored by the Program Director and Program Administrator.
- TrueLearn: An online application that offers ABS-styled questions to prepare residents for both ABSITE and board-certification.
- The latest editions of multiple surgical texts including but not limited to current editions of Sabiston’s Textbook of Surgery, Cameron’s Current Surgical Therapy, Chassin’s Operative Strategy in General Surgery: An Expositive Atlas, and Fischer’s Mastery of Surgery are available to all general surgery residents through the CUSOM library.
- The Graduate Medical Education office hosts bi-monthly development activities for residents and faculty on topics such as quality improvement, clinical work and education, wellness, and fatigue management.
SAGES FES Website
FLS Program Website