There is a strong tradition of education within the UVA Department of Surgery. Faculty are dedicated to resident education at a departmental and individual level, and residents are dedicated to the education of other residents and medical students. We cultivate a culture that encourages our residents to seek opportunities to educate.
The surgical curriculum is a combination of didactic and clinical teaching. The greatest learning opportunities take place in the operating room, the clinic and the bedside. We aim to help third year medical students gain exposure to common surgical problems, develop clinical decision-making skills, find opportunities to demonstrate technical skills, and evaluate surgery as a future career choice.
The General Surgery Program at the University of Virginia offers a unique commitment to residents through clinical experience, dedicated research and a structured curriculum. During the five years of our clinical program, residents gain knowledge of the pre- and post-operative patient care with a focus on critical care, develop surgical technical skills and most importantly acquire pre-, intra-, and post-operative decision-making skills.
The primary focus of our program is to produce cardiothoracic surgeons who are competitive for both premier academic and private practice jobs. Our residents are exposed to a high volume of complex cases. There are currently four Thoracic Surgery training paradigms at UVA, which include: the Integrated Thoracic Residency Program (I-6), Joint Thoracic Residency Program (4-3), Traditional Thoracic Residency (2 years of CT training), and General Thoracic Track Residency program.
Our residency program was established in 1997 by Dr. Irving L. Kron and is recognized as one of the top clinical residency programs in the country. The primary focus of our program is to produce vascular surgery surgeons that are competitive for both academic and private practice positions. As a tertiary medical center, the vascular surgery service receives a high volume of diverse and complex cases which provides an excellent clinical experience for residents.
The Abdominal Transplant Fellowship is a two year program approved by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.The University of Virginia Health System is a State, Level I Trauma Center, has an ACGME accredited General Surgery Residency program and supports a transplant fellowship. Applicants must be ECFMG certified and a general surgeon to apply.
The University of Virginia Division of Trauma and Emergency General Surgery provides patient care services for traumatic injury in central Virginia. The service also cares for general surgical and critical care burn patients. The Adult Trauma Service admits approximately 600 severely injured patients per year. The Pediatric Trauma Service admits approximately 175 patients between the ages of 0 – 17 per year. There are approximately 1600 injury admissions per year to the medical center. The Trauma Program functions as an entity within the Clinical Care Services of the UVA Health System.
The University of Virginia Global Surgery Initiative is a joint effort between the UVA Department of Surgery and the UVA Center for Global Health that strives to develop education, research and relationship development across disciplines and borders in the area of global surgery. This track combines didactic learning with international medical rotations and research to develop future leaders in Global Health.