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General Surgery Residency Teaching Hospitals

Stony Brook University Medical Center

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 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 and education.

At SBUH, residents have the opportunity not only to rotate on the general surgery service, but also to gain experience on cardiothoracic, pediatric, colorectal, surgical oncology, breast, plastic, trauma, transplantation, neurosurgical, 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 and discovering new treatments, and reaching out to the community to inform and educate.

Some Facts about Stony Brook University Hospital
  • Founded in 1980, the 603-bed tertiary hospital serves a population of approximately 1.5 million residents.
  • Among the region’s finest, the hospital is Suffolk County’s only tertiary care center.
  • Research expenditures recently totaled nearly $87 million.
  • The hospital occupies three quarters of a million square feet and stands 325 feet and 19 stories tall.
  • The hospital has the County’s only Level I trauma center, regional perinatal center, burn center, bone marrow transplant program, and kidney transplant program.
  • Major economic contributor: $1.4 billion economic impact annually.
  • More impressive facts and stats!

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 the 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.

Winthrop Hospital (WH) serves as the third major affiliated teaching hospital in Stony Brook University’s general surgery residency training program. This hospital is noted for its high general surgical volume, as well as the organized series of didactic lectures that make up the surgical core program. First-year residents can anticipate spending approximately one-third of their first year at each of the three affiliated teaching hospitals: SBUH, NVAMC, and WH. Second-year residents will spend approximately half of the year at SBUH on the general surgery and specialty services under the direction of a fourth-year resident. They will spend the other half of the year on rotations in general and vascular surgery at the other two teaching hospitals. At this level, residents can also expect to gain experience in endoscopy at NVAMC.

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 three affiliated teaching hospitals.

Our general surgery residency program is organized so that the fourth-year resident rotations consist of approximately two-thirds of the year spent on specialty services at SBUH and NVAMC (including, but not limited to: cardiothoracic, plastic, vascular, pediatric, and trauma rotations) and the other one-third spent at WH in general and vascular surgery.

Chief residents spend time at each of the three affiliated teaching hospitals. At SBUH, chief residents rotate on the surgical oncology and general surgery services. At NVAMC and WH, they gain deeper and 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 three affiliated teaching hospitals. The chief residents on individual services also coordinate, direct, and supervise those residents who are on his or her service.