General Surgery Residency Program | Department of Surgery

Karen Brasel, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., General Surgery Residency Program Director

About our program

The general surgery residency program at OHSU is one of the nation’s largest, graduating 13 residents per year. In addition to its size, the program is unique because it offers a breadth of diversity in training via rotations at eight different hospitals in the Portland metropolitan area, and one in southern Oregon. The hospitals include a University-based medical center, a VA medical center, Children’s hospitals, an HMO, and community-based hospitals. Residents are exposed to a wide variety of teaching and practice models.

The curriculum includes skills labs for residents at all levels, from instruction in laparoscopic technique to round-table discussion regarding medical ethics and professionalism. Skills labs take place in our state-of-the-art surgical simulation center, VirtuOHSU, a highly versatile space supporting open, laparoscopic, endoscopic and microscopic technical skills training using task trainers, virtual reality, and synthetic or cadaveric tissues.

The residency also includes optional training in the Oregon towns of Grants Pass and Coos Bay. This rural surgery 6 months to a year is counted as clinical training by the American Board of Surgery. Six residents are eligible each academic year, as selected by the Program Director. Residents participate in cases with urologists, orthopedic surgeons, and obstetrician-gynecologists, along with general surgeons.

Most general surgery residents elect to do one year of clinical research between their third and fourth years of training. After their proposal is reviewed and accepted by the Department of Surgery Research Committee, residents begin their research year on July 1. In addition to research, residents in their research year take occasional call when necessary, participate on a variety of OHSU Committees, and assist with the general surgery residency interview process.  A second year of research is often possible.

Upon completion of the residency training program, many residents opt to do specialty fellowships. Recent graduates have obtained fellowships in such institutions as Johns Hopkins, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the Cleveland Clinic. However, residents are well prepared to enter the independent practice of general surgery if they decide to forego additional training.

For further information regarding the general surgery residency program at OHSU, please contact us.

OHSU is an institutional member of the Association of Women Surgeons and The Society of Black Academic Surgeons

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General Surgery Residency Introduction

General Surgery Residency Introduction

September 14, 2020, 5 - 6:30 p.m. PST
An informational session for medical students traditionally underrepresented in medicine (African American, Latinx, Native/Indigenous).
Hosted by the Department of Surgery
Visit bit.ly/2YReRBZ for registration information.
Send inquiries to surgedu@ohsu.edu

Mission statement

The program’s aim is to provide outstanding general surgical training for residents interested in exploring opportunities across the breadth of general surgery, as well as readying residents for either fellowship or independent practice. The residency program is committed to wellness and well-being, both individually and as a group. We value diversity in its many forms and strive to create an inclusive community. The program strives to provide opportunities to practice real-life scenarios, including mock oral examinations in the fourth and fifth clinical years of training as well as skills labs in the following arenas: laparoscopic skills, open surgical skills, central venous catheter insertion, endoscopy, ultrasound, common bile duct exploration, ethics and communication, and teaching and evaluation. Non-clinical topics, including wellness, leadership and practice management, are addressed during weekly protected Monday educational conferences. Training includes exposure to a breadth of practice models (academic, community, HMO), spanning surgical care for patients from infancy to the elderly, including veterans and homeless individuals, and encompassing a variety of races and ethnicities.

Program aims

  1. Train residents for independent clinical practice and success in fellowship.
  2. Educate the next generation of surgeon educators and surgeon scientists.
  3. Prepare graduates for today’s and tomorrow’s changing healthcare environment.
  4. Cultivate a diverse and inclusive educational environment that is respectful to all.