General Surgery

Letter From the Program Director

The UM/JFK Palm Beach Regional Surgery Program is headquartered at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Florida. The program includes 2 categorical residents per year and 1 PG1 preliminary resident. Applications to our program are through ERAS.

We have 3 training sites, JFK Medical Center, the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center and Jackson Memorial on Miami’s main campus. Our program features high operating volumes. Our residents get into the OR early in their training. By the end of the 4th year, our residents have already completed almost every case number 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 years 3 and 4 (Trauma 8 weeks, Pediatric Surgery 6 weeks. Our curriculum includes mandatory education sessions every Friday from 9 to 11:30 am. These sessions include didactics (residents are expected to present), quizzes and role playing exercises that cover both Board material and the 6 core competencies of the ACGME. Our graduating residents are robotic certified. Teaching rounds with the Program Director occur weekly. Morbidity and Mortality conference occurs every Thursday. Vascular conference and breast conference are both held bi-weekly and Journal club bi-monthly. In addition we have a joint Medicine/Surgery tumor board conference once a month.

Our residents take a practice ABSITE exam twice a year. Videotaped mock oral exams by visiting professors occur twice a year for senior resident.

A South Florida lifestyle is tough to beat. We are a few miles from sandy ocean beaches and golf courses are everywhere. Thank you for your interest and feel free to browse the descriptive material on this site.

Sincerely yours,

Robert Kozol, MD, MSA
Professor of Surgery
Program Director