Curriculum

The VHS General Surgery Residency provides residents the opportunity to train in one of the most unique environments in the country. This program affords the benefits of training with community surgeons combined with the rigors and cutting-edge quality care of academic medicine. The program takes four categorical residents per year and eight preliminary residents per year.

  • The Valley Health System does not have surgical fellows or senior/chief residents. Residents will have a high level of responsibility in the operating room, intensive care unit and hospital wards from the first day of training. By partnering with the numerous private surgeons throughout Las Vegas, residents will get firsthand experience caring for patients with a wide range of surgical conditions in all environments and learning what it is like to work as a surgeon in Nevada. Most importantly, as VHS hospitals perform over 50,000 surgical cases per year, residents will have ample opportunity to develop excellent surgical skills.
  • Residents will complete some of the most rigorous academic training in the country. The VHS General Surgery Residency includes didactic lectures, simulation curriculum, grand rounds and journal club. Residents will have full access to the Surgical Council of Resident Education (SCORE) curriculum. The material is completely online and, over a two-year cycle, will fully prepare residents for the American Board of Surgery (ABS) Certification Exam.
  • Residents participate in the American College of Surgeons/Association of Program Directors in Surgery Surgical Skills Simulation Curriculum at all levels of their training. At the completion of residency, residents will be certified in the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) and Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES), as well as trained in ultrasound and robotic surgery.
  • Residents will complete work-life balance and mindfulness training and learn to recognize the signs of fatigue and burnout. They will also have exposure to executive leadership and faculty development courses to improve their leadership skills and emerge as leaders in the surgical profession.
  • VHS General Surgery residents can monitor their progress with the New Innovations app-based and 360 degree evaluations. This will allow residents to evaluate the residency program and faculty. Residents will be given feedback by everyone they come in contact with through 360 degree evaluation, which provides residents the unique opportunity to monitor their interactions with all the stakeholders in the Valley Health System.
  • Residents will have the option to pursue research throughout their training. While dedicated research time is not mandatory, residents who choose to spend time in the lab will have the opportunity to pursue research in basic science, translational research, outcomes research, global surgery and healthcare finance and advocacy.
  • Residents will use a video-based surgical skills training platform. In a unique partnership with Johnson & Johnson, Valley Health System General Surgery residents will record their teaching cases and the videos will be reviewed by experts throughout the country. This allows for feedback, not only from local faculty, but from world experts who may provide insights into techniques that the resident would otherwise not be exposed to. This program is unique to VHS and will allow the residents to develop a library of cases for future reference, as well as provide an opportunity to develop mentorship outside the standard training models.

Graduates will have the technical skills to provide excellent patient care from day one. Whether you choose to enter private practice, academic surgery, or fellowship, you will be well prepared for your future in surgery.