Program Overview (GS)

Program Overview

The St.Vincent Indianapolis General Surgery Residency is committed to training surgeons who will go into either community or academic practices and who will deliver the highest level of skilled compassionate care to their patients. The Program enrolled its first residents in 2012, and will graduate its first Chiefs in 2015. We focus on a close teaching relationship between faculty and residents. All of our positions are 5-year categorical positions. There are no Preliminary positions at present. We currently have 15 residents with 3 at each level from PGY-1 to 5. Residents rotate on general surgery, thoracic and vascular surgery, pediatric and transplant surgery. There is a rotation which focuses on bariatric and advanced laparoscopic surgery at St. Vincent Carmel Hospital, surgery rotations, and there are rotations on the Trauma Service and Surgical ICU at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis at the PGY-2 and 3 levels.

The call schedule is approximately 1 in 5 nights in house for PGY-1 through 4. There is currently one month of night float during the PGY-1 year while on the ICU rotation.

We are currently participating in the “FIRST” trial on flexibility in duty hours (http://www.thefirsttrial.org/).

There are approximately 16 full-time general colorectal, and pediatric surgery faculty surgeons and an additional 12 faculty in transplant, thoracic and vascular surgery. Rotations occur at St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital and the attached Peyton Manning Children's Hospital. Participation in cases at other nearby St. Vincent Hospitals is available.

St. Vincent is a primary teaching hospital of Indiana University School of Medicine, and welcomes 3rd and 4th year medical students for surgical rotations. There are approximately 180 residents and fellows at St. Vincent, There are currently 2 Fellows in Advanced GI Surgery and Endoscopy.

Didactics occur weekly and include a presentation by a resident or faculty member, and a weekly Morbidity & Mortality/Case Conference session. There are also regular meetings with the Program Director and resident participation in program structure is welcome.

The residents work collaboratively with Advanced Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants on the trauma and acute care surgery service. St. Vincent Indianapolis is a Level II Trauma Center.

There is a weekly Surgery Clinic at the Max Simon Primary Care Center. Residents also see patients in private offices with the faculty.

There is currently no research requirement, but all residents are strongly encouraged to participate in one or more of the many research projects available.

Accreditation: The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).