A variety of conferences and other educational activities are provided to augment the surgical experience. Some are held in common and afford the opportunity for residents at varying MGH sites to meet on a regular basis.

  • Weekly basic science conference
  • Weekly Morbidity and Mortality conference
  • Weekly critical care conference
  • Weekly radiology/pathology/oncology conference
  • Monthly surgical grand rounds with case presentations from each institution
  • Monthly mock orals for senior residents with all juniors in attendance
  • Monthly journal club
  • Quarterly visiting professor program

PGY Rotations

PGY 1: Categorical Rotations
Anesthesia1 MonthSFH
Cardiovascular/Thoracic Surgery1 MonthMHMC
General Surgery6 MonthsAIMMC/SFH/MHMC/ALGH
Trauma Surgery1 MonthAIMMC
Pediatric Surgery
1 MonthLGH
Colorectal1 MonthAIMMC
PGY 2: Categorical Rotations
General Surgery9 MonthsAIMMC/SFH/MHMC/ALGH
Surgical ICU2 MonthsALGH
Vascular/Thoracic1 MonthAIMMC
PGY 3: Categorical Rotations
General Surgery6 MonthsAIMMC/SFH/MHMC/ALGH
Trauma Surgery2 MonthsAIMMC
Cardiovascular/Thoracic Surgery2 MonthsMHMC
Research*12 MonthsUIC/AIMMC/ALGH
Breast Surgery2 MonthsMHMC
PGY 4: Categorical Rotations
General Surgery4 MonthsMHMC/ALGH
Vascular/Thoracic Surgery2 MonthsALGH
Pediatric Surgery2 MonthsALGH
Hepatobiliary/Transplant Surgery2 MonthsUICH
Trauma2 MonthsAIMMC
PGY 5: Categorical Rotations
General Surgery10 Months
Colo-Rectal Surgery2 MonthsALGH

Abbreviation Key

  • AIMMC – Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • ALGH – Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
  • MHMC – Mercy Hospital and Medical Center
  • SFH – Presence Saint Francis Hospital
  • UIH – University of Illinois Hospital

One PGY 3 resident spends one year in full-time research. He/She will then complete the clinical rotations of years 3, 4, and 5 during the fourth, fifth, and sixth years of residency training.