General Surgery Curriculum & Didactics


First Year 

7 months General Surgery (consult/night floats)
3 months Trauma
1 month Critical Care
1 month Emergency Medicine 

Second Year

8 months General Surgery
2 months Trauma Surgery
2 months Transplant Surgery

Third Year 

7 months General Surgery
2 months Vascular Surgery
1 month GI Surgery
1 month Trauma Surgery
1 month Pediatric/Transplant Surgery

Fourth Year 

10 months General Surgery
1 month Surgery Elective*
1 month Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgery

Fifth Year

Full year General Surgery 


*Available electives include GYN Oncology, Plastic Surgery, ENT, as well as additional time in subspecialties of interest. Residents are permitted to use their elective to "audition" at fellowship programs and/or future practice sites. 


  • Surgery Grand Rounds: Weekly
  • Mortality & Morbidity Conferences: Weekly
  • Staff Lectures: Monthly
  • Resident Lectures: Monthly
  • Cases Presentations: Monthly
  • Breast Conference: Quarterly
  • Critical Care Conferences: Monthly
  • OMM Conferences: Bimonthly
  • GI Conferences: Bimonthly
  • Vascular Conferences: Bimonthly
  • Tumor Board: Weekly
  • Trauma Conference: Monthly
  • Trauma M&M: 8 times/year
  • Ethics Conference: Quarterly
  • SCORE Topics: Monthly
  • Cadaver Labs: 4-6 times/year
  • Journal Club: Monthly
  • Guest Lecturers
  • Laparoscopic Simulator Experience - lab-based training sessions
  • Standardized Patient Assessment - lab-based training sessions (SPAL)

All residents have an Adjunct Instructor Appointment at Des Moines University of provide lectures and surgical skills laboratory instruction. 


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