Mission, Aims, Goals and Objectives

Surgery Residency


  • Educate – Train the next generation of surgeons and the future leaders of American Surgery
  • Discover – Create the new knowledge that underlies the biology of surgical disease and that shapes future practice
  • Comfort - Respond to unmet health care and social needs in our community
  • Heal - Provide specialist surgical services to Jacksonville and the region

Program Aims

Our program aims to:

  • Produce well-trained surgeons capable of the independent practice of surgery in an academic or community based setting
  • Train residents that are competent to critically review the current surgical literature and engage in meaningful, clinically-relevant research
  • Educate the next generation of surgeons to be aware of the importance of incorporating quality and safety initiatives into their practice in order to improve surgical outcomes
  • Produce graduates that are aware of the ever-present stressors and challenges inherent in the life-long practice of surgery and ways to mitigate burnout and job dissatisfaction

Goals and Objectives

The overall program goal is to provide high quality postgraduate education leading to board certification in surgery and to accomplish this in an environment that provides the intellectual and emotional support necessary to become a skilled and effective surgeon. By the completion of the program the resident should:

  • Be capable of evaluating and managing patients with a broad range of surgical problems from the preoperative through postoperative phases of illness
  • Have a basic understanding of the pathophysiology and natural history of surgical disease states and familiarity with basic operating room procedure
  • Be adept at managing critically ill patients and teaching the principles of patient management to junior residents and students
  • Have a comprehensive knowledge of surgical disease and an appropriate application of this knowledge to the clinical situation
  • Achieve a working knowledge of the surgical subspecialties and an ability to supervise and direct urgent resuscitations of critically ill or injured patients
  • Be familiar with current surgical literature
  • Demonstrate technical skill, clinical judgment and a firm grasp of surgical knowledge deemed appropriate for the independent practice of surgery
  • Have the level of knowledge and technical skill necessary to successfully pass the American Board of Surgery examination