First year residents will focus on learning preoperative assessment and postoperative care of surgical patients. They spend two months in the combined MICU/SICU during which time they learn critical care basics: techniques and applications of invasive monitoring, vasopressor management, ventilator care, and fluid and electrolyte management*. They are integrated into the operating room early with senior residents and attending surgeons to maximize exposure to complex cases, in addition to acting as primary resident on minor surgical cases in the OR and endoscopy. Interns also rotate through Anesthesia, Radiology, Plastic Surgery, and Vascular Surgery. Interns finish the year by doing their first month of night block. Interns also have opportunities to mentor medical and physician assistant students while on General surgery.
* The ICU rotation is not intended to provide a complete instruction in the critical care management of all seriously ill surgical patients. This is supplemented by postoperative management of seriously ill surgical patients during the remainder of the resident's program. It may also be supplemented by an elective critical care rotation at another institution.