General Surgery

Letter From the Program Director

Heidi Bahna MDThe UM/JFK Palm Beach Regional Surgery Program is headquartered at JFK Medical Center in Palm Beach County, Florida. The program includes 3 categorical residents per year and 1 PGY1 preliminary resident. Applications to our program are exclusively through ERAS.

Our 3 training sites include JFK Medical Center, the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center and Jackson Memorial on Miami’s main campus. Our program features high operating volumes, and our residents get into the OR very early in their training. By the end of the 4th year, our residents have already completed almost every case requirement that the American Board of Surgery expects by the end of year 5! Resident education is enhanced by rotations at Jackson Memorial Hospital (University of Miami) in the PGY3 and PGY4 years. Eight weeks are spent at Jackson’s renowned Ryder Trauma center, six weeks in Pediatric surgery at Jackson and four weeks in Surgical ICU. A housing allowance is provided for these rotations. Dedicated research time has augmented our academic productivity with residents presenting in regional and national conferences in nearly every subspecialty. In addition, the curriculum includes mandatory protected education sessions every Friday morning. These sessions include faculty moderated didactics, interdisciplinary conferences, and interactive exercises for Board preparation and the 6 ACGME core competencies. Morbidity and Mortality conference occurs every Thursday. Vascular Conference, Breast Conference, and Journal Club are each held regularly. Students from University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s combined MD/MPH program have their surgical rotations with us and further enrich the learning environment.

Our residents receive extensive training in robotic general, bariatric, hepatobiliary, thoracic, and colorectal surgery. All graduating residents are robotic certified. A practice ABSITE exam and mock oral exams provide excellent preparation for these exams.

A South Florida lifestyle is tough to beat. We are a few miles from sandy ocean beaches, top notch golf courses, every watersport imaginable, incredible fishing, and waterfront biking and running trails. We are dedicated to fostering an environment that promotes wellness.

I assumed the role of Program Director in July 2018, and have been deeply involved in resident education and GME at the University of Miami since 2011. I genuinely believe that the UM/JFK program uniquely provides the best of both academic and community hospital training programs. This is truly an exciting time of growth and innovation.

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Program Director, General Surgery Residency
Affiliate Associate Professor, University of Miami