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Clinical Training

Operative Experience

Our graduates finish with about 900 major cases done as surgeon, with 200 done in the Chief year. Greater than 95% of all cases done in the system are done with the resident acting as primary surgeon. Residents do the range of basic general surgery cases, but also receive in-depth experience in complex cases typical of a tertiary referral center such as: liver resections, major pancreatic and esophageal resections, thoraco-abdominal resections for retroperitoneal sarcomas, thoracic, open and endovascular cases, endocrine cases (including a large number of thyroid and parathyroids), state-of-the-art training in breast disease and other areas of surgical oncology, colorectal and advanced GI and laparoscopic surgery. Our residents spend about 25% of their residency time at Harborview Medical Center where they are trained in some of the best trauma and critical care in the world. Experience in Thoracic, Pediatric, Plastic Surgery (non principal components) and the other specialty areas round out the program. We take advantage of the varied strengths of our teaching hospitals to provide complete training for General Surgery and specialty residents with no areas of deficiency. A major strength to our five hospital system rests in the focused experiences provided at each hospital.

Computer Technology

The University of Washington's nationally renowned program in healthcare informatics and proximity to cutting-edge high tech computer companies such as Microsoft Corporation are evident in its adoption and creation of the latest technology for patient care. Our use of industry-leader Cerner and Epic Electronic Medical Record Systems is coupled with powerful UW-developed systems, such as UWCores (Computerized Resident Sign-out). UWCores is a Web-based rounding and sign-out system developed for residents that quickly and easily provide real-time data at the bedside. In addition, these systems provide computerized laboratory results, vital sign data, transcribed documents and even radiology images (via PACS) on physicians' internet-connected home computers as well.

Call rooms and all resident offices are equipped with fast Ethernet PC systems for quick access to patient care information. All of these machines are equipped with the most recent suite of word processing, presentation design and spreadsheet software. Our department maintains a set of the latest laptop PC and LCD projector systems for resident presentations. In addition, the UW Health Sciences Library provides free full-text access to a vast collection of electronic journals and access to the most popular Internet clinical resources, such as the ABS SCORE curriculum, MEDLINE, Up-To-Date and MD Consult. Our resident intranet site condenses into a handy reference all of the learning objectives, clinical policies and resident survival tips, and makes them available online anytime. And finally, our institution now subscribes to the Med Hub residency management system for on-line work hours entry, evaluations, scheduling and a host of other portal-based options.