Subspecialty Service

The goal of this rotation is to provide residents with exposure to the surgical approaches to anatomic areas that are encountered in general surgical practice but are most often cared for by subspecialists in our institution. These areas include ENT, urology, thoracic surgery, gynecology, and plastic surgery.  


This rotation is intended to instruct residents in the fundamentals of surgical care in the content areas described above. By assisting in surgery, the resident will become knowledgeable about the anatomy and surgical exposure of these areas and will be able to perform minor procedures such as tracheostomy and complex skin closure with guidance. The resident will become familiar with the postoperative management of patients in the surgical subspecialties. Residents also learn effective presentation skills, clinical problem solving, and the culture of professionalism in surgery. 


This rotation is intended to instruct residents in the surgical approaches to the head and neck, genitourinary tract, chest, and complex soft tissue defects. Residents should able to perform complex procedures such as radical neck dissection, pulmonary resection, and laparoscopic nephrectomy with guidance. The resident should be independent in basic postoperative care of subspecialty patients and gain experience with more complex postoperative management principles.