Required scope of general surgery

Essentials of General Surgery

Residency training in general surgery requires experience in all of the following content areas:

  • Alimentary Tract (including Bariatric Surgery)
  • Abdomen and its Contents
  • Breast, Skin and Soft Tissue
  • Endocrine System
  • Solid Organ Transplantation
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Surgical Oncology (including Head and Neck Surgery)
  • Trauma and Emergency Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Additional expected knowledge and experience in the above areas includes:
  • Technical proficiency in the performance of core operations/procedures in the above areas, plus knowledge, familiarity and in some cases technical proficiency with more uncommon and complex operations in each of the above areas.
  • Clinical knowledge, including epidemiology, anatomy, physiology, clinical presentation, and pathology (including neoplasia) of surgical conditions.
  • Knowledge of anaesthesia; biostatistics and evaluation of evidence; principles of minimally invasive surgery; and transfusion and disorders of coagulation.
  • Knowledge of wound healing; infection; fluid management; shock and resuscitation; immunology; antibiotic usage; metabolism; management of postoperative pain; and use of enteral and parenteral nutrition.
  • Experience and skill in the following areas: clinical evaluation and management, or stabilization and referral, of patients with surgical diseases; management of preoperative, operative and postoperative care; management of comorbidities and complications; and knowledge of appropriate use and interpretation of radiologic and other diagnostic imaging.

Posted: February 2017

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