Where We Work - Resident Perspective

Our surgery residency program includes comprehensive training at 5 different hospitals on campus and several offsite community hospitals.  All rotations allow for close interactions between residents and staff in terms of patient management and surgical education.  Below are the written descriptions of our main training sites from the General Surgery Residency Council Members.

IUH University Hospital – a tertiary referral center for the state in terms of complex surgical patient care.  The rotations include 2 hepatobpancreatobiliary/surgical oncology services, a colorectal surgery, a breast/endocrine, a surgical ICU, and 2 transplant teams.  These rotations provide coveted operating experiences on very complex surgical cases as well as post-operative management.  The services are extremely busy and very rewarding in terms of surgical education.

Eskenazi Hospital – a county hospital with a Level 1 Trauma Center that has 2 general surgery services, one trauma/acute care surgery team, one thoracic/vascular team, and rotations with plastic surgery, endoscopy, the burn unit and the surgical ICU.  Our experiences cover bread-and-butter general surgery, endocrine, and breast cases, operative trauma, and complex surgical oncology.  All services provide and encourage residents’ autonomy in daily clinical and operative patient care, especially at a chief level. In most instances, the chiefs have the opportunity to perform teaching assistant cases with the intern/mid-levels.

Veterans Affairs Hospital – include a general surgery, vascular, and cardiothoracic team with wide variety of simple to complex cases.  These rotations provide autonomy in clinical decision making especially for 5th-year residents.  The staff provides excellent surgical education and allows chief residents to have independence in teaching the midlevel and interns.  There is also great support from the ancillary staff.

IUH Riley’s Hospital for Children – one of two children’s hospital and the only Level 1 Trauma center for children in the state with a tertiary NICU referral.  Riley provides a highly coveted and comprehensive experience in pediatric surgery ranging from simple hernia to complex management of congenital abnormalities.  There are also opportunities to participate in congenital cardiac surgeries.

IUH Methodist Hospital – a large 800-bed hospital with concentrated trauma/acute care surgery, vascular, and cardiothoracic surgical experiences.  There is great support from the ancillary staff to maximize residents’ operative opportunities.  The majority of the services are also chief-led with ample opportunities for teaching-assistant cases for fourth and fifth-year residents.  All adult cardiac surgeries on campus are performed here along with cardiac and lung transplants and vascular emergencies.

IUH West and North Hospital (off site hospitals) – smaller regional centers that provide general surgery experiences with an apprenticeship-model.  These rotations are less service oriented and very operative heavy.

Department of Surgery | 545 Barnhill Drive, Emerson Hall 203, Indianapolis, In 46202 | Phone: (317) 274-5771