General Surgery Residency Program Overview

Surgical Residency Program

Stony Brook's surgical residency, established in 1974, is an ACGME-approved five-year postgraduate training program, designed to offer residents a broad range of experience in general surgery, as well as in the surgical subspecialties. The general emphasis of the program is to provide residents with an educational experience that will prepare them for a productive and fufilling career in surgery.

Since the career goals of individual residents differ, it is the goal of our residency training to provide a broad base of surgical education from which a career as a community practitioner, researcher, or academician can be equally well pursued. The program likewise ensures that those residents completing the program will meet the standards of professional excellence adopted by the American Board of Surgery and will be fully eligible for board certification.

Stony Brook University Hospital, a tertiary care hospital serving greater than 1.5 million people on Long Island, provides the academic base for our program of residency training.

The members of our surgical staff are all full-time faculty of Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University and are committed to resident training. At University Hospital, the resident has the opportunity to rotate not only on the general surgery service, but also to gain experience on cardiothoracic, pediatric, plastics, transplantation, trauma, and vascular surgical services. In addition, surgical residents gain an extensive experience in surgical intensive care during rotations in the surgical intensive care unit, cardiovascular intensive care unit, and the Burn Center.

While University Hospital is the center of residency training, the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center serves an invaluable role as a major teaching affiliate for resident training. Attended by the full-time Renaissance School of Medicine surgical faculty, residents gain experience in general surgery, vascular surgery, thoracic, head and neck, and plastic surgery. Junior residents are also exposed to surgical intensive care at the VA Medical Center.

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What To Expect During Residency

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 each resident begins learning how to direct and be responsible for those junior residents with whom they work. Third-year residents rotate on the general, vascular, and cardiac surgery services at University Hospital and the Northport VA Medical Center.

The residency program is organized so that the fourth-year resident rotations consist of approximately two-thirds of the year on specialty services at University Hospital and the Northport VA Medical Center (including, but not limited to: cardiac, pediatric, and trauma). 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. 

The administrative chief resident is responsible for the activities of all residents at Stony Brook University Hospital and the Northport VA Medical Center. In addition, a resident advisory council that includes all chief residents and a representative from each postgraduate year serves as a liaison between the surgical house staff and the faculty. The individual service chiefs also coordinate, direct, and supervise those residents who are on his or her service.

Opportunities are available for select residents to take 1 or 2 years’ leave from the regular program to pursue their research interests in one of the surgical laboratories; it is, however, not a mandatory requirement of the residency program that residents do research in basic science. Special one-year clinical fellowships are also available.