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Program Overview

The General Surgery Residency Program at Crozer-Chester Medical Center includes competency-based goals and objectives for each assignment at each level; regularly scheduled didactic sessions; delineation of resident responsibilities for patient care, progressive responsibility for patient management, and supervision of residents over the continuum of the program; and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) competencies.

Patient Care

Residents should be able to provide patients with care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of their health problems, as well as promote good health. Residents:

  • Will demonstrate manual dexterity appropriate for their level.
  • Will develop and execute patient care plans appropriate for the resident’s level, including management of pain.
  • Will participate in a program that must document a clinical curriculum that is sequential, comprehensive, and organized from basic to complex.

Clinical assignments are carefully structured to ensure that graded levels of responsibility, continuity in patient care, a balance between education and service, and progressive clinical experiences are achieved.

Medical Knowledge

Residents must demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and social behavioral sciences, as well as how to apply this knowledge to patient care. Residents:

  • Will critically evaluate and demonstrate knowledge of pertinent scientific information
  • Will participate in an educational program that includes the fundamentals of basic science as applied to clinical surgery, including:
    • Applied surgical anatomy and surgical pathology
    • The elements of wound healing; homeostasis, shock andcirculatory physiology
    • Hematologic disorders; immunobiology and transplantation
    • Oncology
    • Surgical endocrinology
    • Surgical nutrition, fluid and electrolyte balance
    • Metabolic response to injury, including burns

Practice-based Learning and Improvement

Residents must demonstrate the ability to investigate and evaluate their care of patients, to appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and to continuously improve patient care based on constant self-evaluation and life-long learning.

Residents are expected to develop skills and habits to be able to meet the following goals:

  • Identify strengths, deficiencies, and limits in one’s knowledge and expertise.
  • Set learning and improvement goals
  • Identify and perform appropriate learning activities
  • Systematically analyze practice using quality improvement methods, and implement changes with the goal of practice improvement
  • Incorporate formative evaluation feedback into daily practice; locate, appraise, and assimilate evidence from scientific studies related to their patients’ health problems
  • Use information technology to optimize learning
  • Participate in the education of patients, families, students, residents and other health professionals
  • Participate in mortality and morbidity conferences that evaluate and analyze patient care outcomes
  • Use an evidence-based approach to patient care

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Residents must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and health professionals.

Residents are expected to:

  • Communicate effectively with patients, families, and the public, as appropriate, across a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds
  • Communicate effectively with physicians, other health professionals, and health-related agencies
  • Work effectively as a member or leader of a health care team or other professional group
  • Act in a consultative role to other physicians and health professionals
  • Maintain comprehensive, timely, and legible medical records, if applicable
  • Counsel and educate patients and families
  • Effectively document practice activities


Residents must demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and an adherence to ethical principles. Residents are expected to demonstrate:

  • Compassion, integrity, and respect for others
  • Responsiveness to patient needs that supersedes self interest
  • Respect for patient privacy and autonomy
  • Accountability to patients, society and the profession
  • Sensitivity and responsiveness to a diverse patient population, including but not limited to diversity in gender, age, culture, race, religion, disabilities, and sexual orientation
  • High standards of ethical behavior
  • A commitment to continuity of patient care

Systems-Based Practice

Residents must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of healthcare, as well as the ability to call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal healthcare.

Residents are expected to:

  • Work effectively in various healthcare delivery settings and systems relevant to their clinical specialty
  • Coordinate patient care within the healthcare system relevant to their clinical specialty
  • Incorporate considerations of cost awareness and risk-benefit analysis in patient and/or population based care as appropriate
  • Advocate for quality patient care and optimal patient care systems
  • Work in inter-professional teams to enhance patient safety and improve patient care quality
  • Participate in identifying system errors
  • Implementing potential systems solutions
  • Practice high quality, cost effective patient care
  • Demonstrate knowledge of risk-benefit analysis
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of different specialists and other healthcare professionals in overall patient management.

Contact Us

Maria Fuentes
Program Coordinator
One Medical Center Blvd
Third Floor Central-Surgery
Upland, PA 19013
Phone: 610-447-2768
E-mail: maria.fuentes@crozer.org