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General Surgery Program Curriculum

Clinical Years 1 and 2

During the first two years, residents rotate among five hospitals. These include three Omaha hospitals:

The primary teaching site is CHI Health - Creighton University Medical Center Bergan Mercy. Three services provide exposure to the full range of general surgical diseases. Other rotations at this institution include anesthesia, vascular, and plastic surgery.

Rotations at other institutions offer experience in:

  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Liver, Kidney and Small Bowel Transplantation
  • General and Vascular Surgery

Each service provides a unique learning opportunity for the resident surgeon.

Clinical Years 3 and 4

The senior years of the program begin with the third clinical year. Rotations include:

  • General Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Colon Rectal and Endoscopy
  • Burn Management

Residents rotate between CHI Health - Creighton University Medical Center, the Omaha VA Medical Center, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Lincoln. Ultimately, residents will be exposed to 6 different clinical environments. Clinical experiences at each add immeasurably to a resident’s medical knowledge, diagnostic ability, and surgical confidence.

We have revised our curriculum to include a 1-month elective opportunity, in response to resident input, in the 3rd or 4th year of our residency program.

Chief Year

The Chief Residents take on a managerial role with regard to the academic program and the supervision of junior residents. The chief year rotations consist of three months at the Omaha Veterans Administration Medical Center, and six months at CHI Health - Creighton University Medical Center with an emphasis on laparoscopic and trauma surgery.