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
SICU 1 block
SICU Nights 2 blocks
Acute Care Surgery 2 blocks
Trauma Surgery 1 block
General Surgery and Breast 3 blocks
Colorectal Surgery 2 blocks
Cardiothoracic Surgery 1 block
Endoscopy 1 month

Third Year Surgery Residency (PGY-3)

Year 3
Transplant 1 block
Surgical Oncology 3 blocks
Acute Care Surgery 1 block
Vascular Surgery 2 blocks
SICU Days/Trauma Nights 2 blocks
General Surgery 3 blocks
Breast 1 block

Fourth Year Surgery Residency (PGY-4)

Year 4
General Surgery 2 blocks
Nights 3 blocks
Acute Care Surgery 1 block
Transplant 1 block
Trauma 2 blocks
Pediatric Surgery 2 blocks
Head and Neck 1 block
Vascular Surgery 1 block

Fifth Year Surgery Residency (PGY-5)

Year 5
Acute Care Surgery 2 blocks
General Surgery/MIS 5 blocks
Surgical Oncology 2 blocks
Colorectal Surgery 2 blocks
Vascular Surgery 2 blocks


  • 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: Quarterly 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