General Surgery Residency Program

Randy Woods, M.D., FACS, Director


The concept of progressive, supervised responsibility is closely followed and is considered the core of the surgical curriculum. The residency utilizes the Surgical Council on Resident Education (SCORE) portal as a comprehensive collection of curriculum tools.  The academic chief resident works with the faculty to arrange and coordinate the didactic sessions around a two- to three-year curriculum framework. All residents are required to review the goals and objectives for each rotation prior to its initiation.

Resident training focuses primarily on the principal areas of general surgery, including: head and neck, skin, soft tissue and breast, alimentary tract, abdomen, endocrine, general vascular, thoracic, pediatric, surgical critical care and trauma surgery. Rotations are structured to assure the resident experience with general surgical conditions related to age group, gender and socioeconomic status. Every effort is made to provide at least one if not two elective rotations in the R3 or R4 year. Recent electives have included a concentrated exposure to vascular surgery, bariatric and fore-gut surgery, ambulatory surgical experience and a rural surgical experience located in east-central Ohio.

The entire chief year is spent in general surgery. Rotations in the final year are carefully adjusted to provide the best possible balance of clinical and operative experience.

Teaching Conferences

Formal teaching conferences are organized both by the department and by the individual participating hospitals.

  • A city-wide surgical grand rounds is conducted weekly.
  • Weekly morbidity/mortality conferences are held at each hospital with full faculty participation.
  • A weekly interactive series of core concepts in surgical science is conducted by senior residents with faculty mentor.
  • Mock oral exams are administered to third, fourth and fifth year residents annually.

Journal clubs, tumor boards and a broad range of specialty conferences are conducted at individual hospitals. Teaching conference participation by residents is mandatory. Distinguished visiting surgeons are brought to Dayton four times a year. Lectures and teaching rounds are a prominent part of these visits. A PDF version of the weekly conference schedule is available here.


Academic interests and professional development are encouraged and nurtured. The opportunity to participate in clinical research with either the academic or clinical faculty is ever present. There is a laboratory-based research year for at least one resident between the R-2 and R-3 years. This yearlong research experience is available for one of the categorical residents, but can be expanded to accommodate more if desired. Typically funding for these research opportunities will need to be obtained prior to taking time away from the clinical rotations.  The active duty resident will need to be successful in obtaining approval via the JSGMESB. These research experiences are typically with one of the surgery faculty but can be in other laboratories and can accommodate clinical research activities if appropriate.