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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.
Members of the PGY-4 class meeting with Dr. Schulick and the Program Directors, August 2022
|Joshua Billings||UCH MIS|
|Heather Carmichael||UCH Platinum (Colorectal Surgery) and Midtown Surg. Center|
|Anna Gergen||UCH CT Surgery|
|Jamie Hadley||TBD, possibly 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|
|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|
|Patrick Kohtz||UCH CT Surgery|
|Mohamed Eldeiry||UCH CT Surgery|
|Sarah Hilton||Emory University Hospital, Pediatric Surgery|
|Kaitlin McLoughlin||Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Thoracic Surgery|
|Christina Kim||Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital, Gen/Pedi Surg|
|Lindel Dewberry||CHCO Pediatric Surgery|
|Geoffrey Nunns||MD Anderson Cancer Center, Surgical Oncology|
|Gregory Stettler||Medical Center of the Rockies, General Surgery|
|Stephanie Davis||UCH Endocrine Surgery|
|Chiara Croce||UCH General Surgery|
|Maggie Hodges||UCH CT & MIS Academic Surgery|
|Sam Michel||Thermopolis, Wyoming, Rural General Surgery|
|Peter Einersen||Zhejiang University, PR China|
|Bradley Wallace||Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital, Pediatric Surgery|
|David Sprunger||Poudre Valley Hospital, General Surgery|
|Alicia Heelan Gladden||UCH Breast Surgery|
|Daniel VanderPloeg||UCH CT Surgery|
|John Frankel||HSPE, Sao Paulo, Brazil, General Surgery|
|Oliver Fackelmayer||University of Rwanda, Kiagli|
|Peter Einersen||St. Anthony Hospital/KCU, General Surgery|
|Sam Michel||University of Rwanda, Kigali|
|Alicia Heelan Gladden||St. Anthony Hospital/KCU, General Surgery|
|Eliza Moskowitz||Parker Adventist hospital, General Surgery|
|Bradley Wallace||Zhejiang University, PR China|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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