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General Surgery Residency Operative Experience

Based on the past year's surgical statistics, each resident can reasonably expect to be actively involved in approximately 250 operative cases per year, supervised at all times by a member of the full-time or voluntary faculty. Residents keep an up-to-date record of their own operative experience on the ACGME website. Cases are then tabulated and kept as part of their permanent record. The table below summarizes the average operative experience during 2011–12 for our residents at each postgraduate year (PGY) level.

2011–12 Resident Operative Experience*

PGY Level Majors Minors Assists§ Total
PGY-5 350 15 12 377
PGY-4 300 54 89 443
PGY-3 250 35 97 382
PGY-2 200 62 186 448
PGY-1 100 72 112 284

* All cases performed are always supervised by attending full-time or voluntary surgical staff.
† Major cases in which the resident is given primary responsibility in performing that case.
‡ Minor cases in which the resident is given primary responsibility in performing that case.
§ All cases in which the resident acts as a 1st assistant.