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General Surgery Residency Teaching Hospitals

Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) is a tertiary care hospital serving Long Island and parts of Connecticut. The "parent" teaching hospital of our program, SBUH provides the academic base for academic surgical residency training. The members of our surgical staff all serve as full-time faculty in Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, and are strongly committed to the resident training program. At SBUH, residents have the opportunity not only to rotate on the general surgery service, but also gain experience on cardiothoracic, pediatric, colorectal, surgical oncology, breast, plastic, trauma, transplantation, ENT and vascular surgical services. In addition, surgical residents gain an extensive experience in surgical critical care during rotations in the surgical intensive care unit, cardiovascular intensive care unit, and the Burn Center. As a premier academic medical center, Stony Brook Medicine is responsible for healing the sick, educating skilled healthcare professionals, uncovering the complexities of disease discovering new treatments, and reaching out to the community to inform and educate.

While SBUH is the primary center of residency training, the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center (NVAMC) plays an invaluable role as a major teaching affiliate for resident training. Attended by full-time Stony Brook Medicine and NVAMC affiliated surgical faculty, residents gain experience during their time at NVAMC in general surgery, vascular surgery, thoracic surgery, and plastic surgery. Junior residents are also exposed to practice in surgical intensive care at the NVAMC.

Life As A General Surgery Resident

First and second-year residents gain a comprehensive experience focused on acquiring the necessary foundational surgical knowledge and early operative skills to manage and care for the surgical perioperative patient.

During the third year of residency training, residents begin learning how to direct and be responsible for the junior residents with whom they work. Third-year residents rotate on the general, vascular, trauma, and cardiothoracic surgery services at the SBUH and NVAMC hospitals.

Our general surgery residency program is organized so that the fourth-year resident rotations consists of ongoing general and vascular surgery experiences with increasing exposure to specialty services at SBUH and NVAMC (including, but not limited to: cardiothoracic, plastic, vascular, pediatric, and trauma rotations) With transition to senior resident, training is focused on development of deeper understanding of the pathophysiology of surgical diseases and their surgical management while enhancing professional and early leadership skills.

Chief residents spend time at both of the teaching hospitals. At SBUH, chief residents rotate on the surgical oncology and general surgery services. At NVAMC, they gain increased supervisory experience on the general and vascular surgery services. The administrative chief resident is responsible for the activities of all residents at each of the teaching hospitals. The chief residents on individual services also coordinate, direct, and supervise those residents who are on his or her service.