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
Anesthesiology (anesthesiology preliminary) Surgical Oncology
Surgical Oncology/Breast Urology
Emergency Surgery Trauma
Otolaryngology Vascular Surgery
General Surgery ICU
Plastic Surgery Dedicated Research (categorical)

Second Year Surgery Residency (PGY-2)

Year 2
ICU 4 months
ICU Nights 2 months
Emergency Surgery 4 months
General Surgery (Memorial Hospital) 1 month
General Surgery 1 month
Pediatric Surgery 1 month
Transplant (Mayo Clinic - categorical) 1 month
Endoscopy (categorical) 1 month

Third Year Surgery Residency (PGY-3)

Year 3
Cardiothoracic Surgery 1 month
Surgical Oncology 3 months
Trauma 3 months
Vascular Surgery 3 months
Nights 2 months
Pediatric Surgery 1 month

Fourth Year Surgery Residency (PGY-4)

Year 4
General Surgery 3 months
Nights 2 months
Emergency Surgery 3 months
Transplant(Mayo Clinic) 1 month
Trauma 2 months

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


Teaching conferences are categorized as departmental or divisional. Departmental conferences are described below:

  • Preoperative conference: Weekly conference relevant to scheduled surgical cases
  • Grand rounds: Weekly conference focused on specific issues relevant to general surgery or surgical subspecialties
  • 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
  • Research conference: Bi-monthly discussion on current and upcoming research initiatives and ongoing projects
  • Ethics conference: Monthly 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.