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PGY-4 Electives

The General Surgery Residency Program provides a fourth-year elective experience, sponsored by the Department of Surgery, allowing residents to spend a rotation in an out-of-state setting or to obtain 4-6 weeks of additional experience in a specialty of their choice, either at University of Colorado Hospital or at another institution. The department pays for resident salary and benefits, which is critical support for this program.

The residency program supports University of Colorado Surgical residents at the PGY-4 level and complies with RRC for Surgery and Board of Surgery guidelines for surgical residency international elective applications.

Two of our international residency sites have completed a twinning relationship by sending residents to our program through a program letter of agreement between surgery residency programs.

PGY-4 lunch (October 2022)

Members of the PGY-4 and Chief class having lunch before half-day education (10/21/2022)

Planned Electives in AY2023-2024

Shahyan Bakhtiyar UCH Cardiac Surgery
Kevin Choy UCH Minimally Invasive Surgery
Janet Lee UCH Platinum (Colorectal)
Viviane Leite-Abud Wash U St. Louis Colorectal Surgery
Jose Llaque Salazar UCH Platinum (Colorectal)
Andrea Simioni UCH CT Surgery
Alejandro Suarez Pierre UCH Cardiac Surgery
Keval Tilva MIS Away Location TBD
Dor Yoeli UCH Transplant Surgery

Electives in AY2022-2023

Joshua Billings UCH MIS
Heather Carmichael UCH Platinum (Colorectal Surgery) and Midtown Surg. Center
Anna Gergen UCH CT Surgery
Jamie Hadley Montrose/Black Canyon
Felix Ho UCH White (Surgical Oncology)
Victoria Huynh UCH Breast Surgery
Cenea Kemp UCH CT Surgery
Laura Leonard UCH Breast Surgery
Amanda Louiselle CHCO Pedi Surg/VA Colonoscopy
Alyssa Peace CHCO Pedi Surg
Piyush Sharma UCH White (Surgical  Oncology)

Electives in AY2021-2022

Christian Ghincea UCH CT Surgery
Matthew Bartley UCH CT Surgery
Navin Vigneshwar UCH CT Surgery
Robert Torphy Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Surgical Oncology
Matthew Winn UCH Transplant
Allana White UCH CT Surgery
Alexandria Kovar Montrose Hospital and Black Canyon Surg. Center, GS and Endoscopy
Kiran Dyamenahalli UCH Burn
Paul Rozeboom Poudre Valley/Med Ctr of the Rockies GS

Electives in AY2019-2020

Patrick KohtzUCH CT Surgery
Mohamed EldeiryUCH CT Surgery
Sarah HiltonEmory University Hospital, Pediatric Surgery
Kaitlin McLoughlinMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Thoracic Surgery
Christina KimPresbyterian St. Luke's Hospital, Gen/Pedi Surg
Lindel DewberryCHCO Pediatric Surgery
Geoffrey NunnsMD Anderson Cancer Center, Surgical Oncology
Gregory StettlerMedical Center of the Rockies, General Surgery
Stephanie DavisUCH Endocrine Surgery
Chiara CroceUCH General Surgery
Maggie HodgesUCH CT & MIS Academic Surgery

Electives in AY2018-19

Sam MichelThermopolis, Wyoming, Rural General Surgery
Peter EinersenZhejiang University, PR China
Bradley WallacePresbyterian St. Luke's Hospital, Pediatric Surgery
David SprungerPoudre Valley Hospital, General Surgery
Alicia Heelan GladdenUCH Breast Surgery
Daniel VanderPloegUCH CT Surgery
John FrankelHSPE, Sao Paulo, Brazil, General Surgery
Oliver FackelmayerUniversity of Rwanda, Kiagli
Peter EinersenSt. Anthony Hospital/KCU, General Surgery
Sam MichelUniversity of Rwanda, Kigali
Alicia Heelan GladdenSt. Anthony Hospital/KCU, General Surgery
Eliza MoskowitzParker Adventist hospital, General Surgery
Bradley WallaceZhejiang University, PR China

Elective summaries from previous PGY-4's

John Frankel

From John Frankel: GeneralSurgery at HSPE in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Dec 18-Jan 19

Brazil was a fascinating experience. Working at a major hospital in one of the major cities in Brazil was eye-opening with regard to how healthcare is handled in another country. It was a great opportunity to be incorporated into the residency program there as a chief and to learn the ins and outs of how a surgical residency program is run in Brazil. I scrubbed over 30 cases during the month there and learned valuable techniques and obtained life experience. It is a huge advantage that our program allows the residents to have opportunities such as this one. I am a strong proponent of international medicine, and experiences like this continue to motivate me to work in foreign countries.

Teralyn Carter

From Teralyn Carter: GeneralSurgery at HSPE in Sao Paulo, Brazil, March/April 2018

The elective time during the 4th year affords us a multitude of opportunities to see how training (and surgery) occurs outside of the University of Colorado. For my time I was fortunate enough to spend the elective in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I was exposed to a different system of practicing medicine, and a different (yet very similar) model of surgical resident education. The physicians and residents were very welcoming, and did everything they could to make sure I had a great experience. Learning in Brazil is an pportunity I would never trade, and am very glad I had the chance to experience the health care system in Brazil.

Luke Selby

​From Luke Selby: HPB Surgery at Zhejiang University in China, Jan/Feb 2018

I spent my elective at the Second Affiliated Hospital in Hangzhou China with their HPB service.  On this rotation you're a full member of the team, rounding, seeing patients in clinic, and operating with the team. While at CU you'll get plenty of experience with high volume complex care within our healthcare system, but getting the chance to see how a set of diseases you're familiar with are treated in an entirely new health system will allow you to reflect on the nuances of care we provide.​

Doug Overbey

From Doug Overbey: Cardiac Surgery at the University, Oct/Nov 2017

For anyone interested in pursuing a fellowship in CT, I think a rotation in cardiac surgery as an R4 is extremely beneficial. you meet the cardiac faculty who are very interconnected in the small world of CT, which is very helpful for interviews later in the year. All of the cardiac faculty are very engaged in teaching, and more than willing to explain rationale and operative decision-making. For technical skills, if you spend consistent time with the 3rd year fellows, you can expect to become comfortable with sternotomy and sewing proximal vascular anastomoses. As a fourth year, you are also put in charge of rounding on the cardiac floor patients, so along with the intern and PA's you have a valuable inpatient service. Between and after cases you become familiar with ICU Post-operative card, and also gain exposure to mechanical circulatory support and heart transplants. Thoracic experience is also possible, but with a separate fourth year rotation dedicated to the thoracic service, most of the elective is based around cardiac.

Yihan Lin

From Yihan Lin: Cardiac Surgery at the University, Sept/Oct 2017

I did a cardiothoracic surgery elective at the University of Colorado. The surgical faculty in the cardiothoracic surgery department have a well-deserved reputation of being amazing teachers and mentors, and many of them have won teaching awards for this reason. They have created a great environment for learning. The CT fellows have similarly adopted this love of teaching. In the ICU, we have truly knowledgeable anesthesia and 



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