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Educational Conferences

Educational Conferences

The educational conferences are intended to provide residents with a Socratic approach to surgical education. Conferences are presented in part by residents, faculty, and visiting professors.

Surgical Intern Survival Skills

The transition from medical student to surgical intern is fraught with anxiety. The Surgical Intern Survival Skills Curriculum is designed to alleviate much of this anxiety through a series of lectures and interactive sessions. Topics covered range from “Pharmacy Highlights” to “Radiographic Interpretations” to common “Midnight Calls”. This curriculum runs the month of July.

Fundamentals of Surgery Curriculum

The Fundamentals of Surgery Curriculum is a highly interactive, case-based, on-line curriculum that addresses the essential content areas that all surgical residents need to master in the early years of training. This curriculum runs the length of the PGY1 year.

Mock Orals

Residents at the PGY 3 through PGY 5 levels participate in mock oral examinations given by The Methodist Hospital Department of Surgery faculty. These mock examinations prepare upper level residents for the certifying examination of The American Board of Surgery.

Chief Walk Rounds

In Chief Walk Rounds, residents present interesting cases to the Chairman at the bedside. The Chairman then takes the residents through the cases to develop diagnoses and establish treatment plans.

Basic Science/SCORE Curriculum

The Surgical Council on Resident Education (SCORE) entails a listing of patient care topics which are covered over the five year residency in general surgery. The conference is held in a small team format. Each team consists of attending surgeons and PGY1 through PGY5 residents.

Morbidity & Mortality Conference

Morbidity and Mortality Conference is a key teaching conference during which complications are presented by residents and discussed by faculty and residents. The complications presented are discussed with an emphasis on the current literature and are designed to promote an educational discussion.

Journal Club

Journal Club is held once a month, typically at a faculty member’s home, and centers on the presentation of new clinical and scientific information. Each month junior and senior residents are responsible for presenting the articles. Faculty are present to aid in the discussion of the articles.

Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds is designed to keep surgeons and other healthcare professionals abreast of new surgical knowledge, surgical procedures, and patient care issues. This weekly conference is presented by senior residents, surgical faculty, non-surgical faculty, and visiting professors.

MITIE Skills Laboratory

The Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation, and Education (MITIE) houses a comprehensive training facility for teaching both open and laparoscopic surgical skills, flexible endoscopy, and critical care procedures such as airway management, central line placement, and invasive cardiac monitoring. Housed on the fourth floor of the Fondren wing of the hospital, the Inanimate Skills Laboratory is centrally located for easy access. Residents and fellows are given 24 hour access so that each can work at their own pace and on their own schedule. The West Pavilion of the hospital houses the remaining inanimate skills stations and all of the animate skills stations for MITIE. As part of the conference schedule, resident levels alternate through the laboratory.

Learn more about the MITIE Skills Laboratory »

Discipline Specific Conferences

In addition to the aforementioned conferences, The Methodist Hospital offers numerous discipline specific conferences including: breast; gastrointestinal; and hepatobiliary to name a few.


To get further details pertaining to the educational conferences of The Methodist Hospital Residency in General Surgery, please view the detailed educational conference schedule.