General Surgery

Educational Resources

Library Resources

All University of Miami / JFK Medical Center Palm Beach Regional GME Consortium General Surgery Residents have access to the Calder Library Resources. The library, based at the Miami/Jackson Campus offers an extensive list of online resources including PubMed, thousands of online journals, and reference materials. Our residents have e-access to the Calder Medical library which includes all major text books and journals.

Both the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center and JFK Medical Center offer fulltime librarians to assist our residents in locating resource materials. In addition, board review and computer assisted learning materials are available. Up-to-Date, MD Consult, and additional full text resources are available.

Simulation Training

At the University of Miami /JFK Medical Center Palm Beach Regional GME Consortium General Surgery residency program all of our residents complete ACLS and ATLS at the start of year one. Our program has access to the Gordon Center for simulation on Miami’s medical campus.

JFK has the Simbionix Lap-mentor laparoscopic simulator. This is the best simulator on the market. It includes basic skills, FLS practice, intracorporeal knot tying and actual operative cases which vary in levels of difficulty. In addition, this simulator has haptec force-feedback features allowing for more realistic simulation.

Technology

All of our sites have electronic medical records and radiology PACS systems. Lecture rooms include video conferencing which we use to link to the Miami trauma conference.

JFK has two DaVinci robots including a dual console. Thus, the residents is not “just an observer”, but may switch controls back and forth with the attending surgeon. JFK and the VA have hybrid rooms allowing for the latest techniques in endovascular surgery.

We purchase the SCORE curriculum annually and the Fundamentals of Surgery modules for each intern.

Each resident is provided with a cell phone allowance to offset their smartphone costs, in lieu of a pager.