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Educational Calendar - January 2015 (PDF)

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Our Extraordinary Residents Reflect Their Environment

Message From the Chair

The late fall and early winter are the time for resident recruitment efforts. This past year was yet another opportunity to consider the remarkable maturation of the Cedars-Sinai surgical residency programs.

We now have a broad complement of nationally ranked "primary certificate" residencies in general surgery, orthopedics, podiatry and urology to go along with our residency in cardiothoracic surgery and numerous specialty fellowships. The number of outstanding applicants in each program has increased to the point that as many as 50 percent of all U.S. medical graduates interested in a given field include Cedars-Sinai in their application list.

Predictably, the quality of residents that we have matched reflects this great applicant pool. Our residents are excelling in their clinical rotations; it is an unusual week when I don't receive a letter from a patient's family complimenting our residents' maturity and caring attitude or a spontaneous expression from an attending about how terrific it is to work with such positive and motivated young people.

Our trainees also have achieved in basic and clinical research with important and prize-winning research publications in every discipline. The excellence of our trainees is demonstrated most clearly in their first jobs after training. For example, in general surgery this past year, all five chief residents received highly prized fellowships in some of the most competitive programs in the country in plastic surgery, colorectal, trauma, surgical oncology and pediatric surgery.

These kinds of results are a reflection of the extraordinary environment here, which blends community and academic practice in a way that few if any other places have ever matched. It also reflects the unwavering commitment of our diverse surgical staff to these educational efforts. Like so many other worthwhile pursuits, it builds upon itself and makes each day we practice here a bit more enjoyable.

We all understand that we have some challenges to maintain our edge in this area. We will need to develop facilities to maximize the efficiency of teaching. A good example is the Women's Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills, which has dramatically changed our capabilities. Still more resident space and support will be needed. As well, along with the rest of the world, we will need to figure out a way to cope with even more rigorous work-hour restrictions.

All that said, the remarkable solidarity of our surgeons in supporting and nurturing the training programs is the very best indicator that we will figure it out and continue to enjoy the special environment we have created.

Bruce L. Gewertz, MD
H and S Nichols Distinguished Chair in Surgery
Chair, Department of Surgery
Vice President, Interventional Services
Vice Dean, Academic Affairs