Surgery Residency

The resident is exposed to a broad range of surgical experiences. Clinical experience is structured for the acquisition of clinical acumen through graduated responsibility in pre-, intra- and postoperative patient care. Specialty exposure includes trauma, general surgery, head and neck, vascular, pediatric and surgical oncology, plus much more as seen in our rotations offered.

Additionally, residents may take advantage of elective research years, typically chosen between the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years

First Year Surgery Residency (PGY-1)

Year 1
Unless noted otherwise, the following rotations are at UF Health Jacksonville
Rotations are up to 3 periods of 1 month each
Surgical Oncology Breast
Urology Emergency Surgery
Trauma Vascular Surgery
General Surgery ICU
Plastic Surgery

Second Year Surgery Residency (PGY-2)

Year 2
ICU 2 months
ICU Nights 2 months
Emergency Surgery 1 month
Trauma Surgery 2 months
General Surgery (UF North) 2 months
Surgical Oncology 1 month
Cardiothoracic Surgery 1 month
Endoscopy (categorical) 1 month

Third Year Surgery Residency (PGY-3)

Year 3
Electives 1 month
Surgical Oncology 2 months
Emergency Surgery 2 months
Vascular Surgery 2 months
SICU Days/Trauma Nights 3 months
General Surgery 1 month
Pediatric Surgery 1 month

Fourth Year Surgery Residency (PGY-4)

Year 4
General Surgery 3 months
Nights 2 months
Emergency Surgery 2 months
Breast 1 month
Trauma 2 months
Pediatric Surgery 1 month
Head and Neck 1 month

Fifth Year Surgery Residency (PGY-5)

Year 5
Acute Care Surgery 3 months
General Surgery 3 months
Surgical Oncology 3 months
Vascular Surgery 3 months


  • Preoperative conference: Weekly conference relevant to scheduled surgical cases
  • Grand rounds: Bi-weekly conference focused on specific issues relevant to general surgery or surgical subspecialties, nationally recognized guest lecturers, and/or research presentations
  • Morbidity and mortality: Weekly review of all complications and deaths
  • Trauma morbidity and mortality: Multidisciplinary review of care of all trauma patients encountered during previous month
  • Vascular conference: Weekly case conference
  • Journal club: Monthly review of articles relevant to a specific topic selected by the responsible faculty member and the resident coordinators
  • Ethics conference: Case-based didactic sessions in biomedical ethics and professionalism
  • ACS/APDS surgical skills curriculum: Junior, senior and chief level-appropriate surgical skills session modules, direct from the ACS/APDS-approved surgical skills curriculum
  • This week in SCORE: Weekly review with a faculty moderator that covers all the SCORE curricular areas over a two year cycle.
  • Mock Orals 2x/year
  • FES/FLS testing center with simulation capabilities
  • DaVinci robotics simulation and skills certification