Representing one of the largest medical specialties, the Department of Surgery is heavily involved in student education. The department, through its Division of Surgical Education, is active in innovative teaching techniques, including computer-based simulations, problem-based learning and small-group teaching.
The department is also dedicated to patient care. Surgeons practice the following specialities: Colorectal Surgery, General Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery and Robotics, Oncologic Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Peripheral Vascular Surgery, Trauma, and Urologic Surgery. Each division offers electives, teaching and research. Training in critical care, trauma, oncology, breast disease, and gastrointestinal and endocrine surgery is available through the Division of General Surgery.
The Division of Surgical Education has goals including development and implementation of innovative, state-of-the-art educational methodologies, enhancement of educational research and establishment of Fellowships in Surgical Education for faculty and residents. The Division is participating in many national educational activities, such as the Computer-Based Examination of the National Board of Medical Examiners. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) have been used to test the clinical skills of students and residents. The Division participated in a multi-institutional project for development of a model for teaching in an ambulatory environment. Newer trends in medical education as well as innovative methods of teaching and evaluation are routinely used in the education of students. These methods include computer-based simulations to teach problem-solving, use of standardized patients, problem-based learning, small-group teaching, role playing and a program in surgical decision-making.
Each year leading surgeons spend periods of time teaching medical students and residents as Visiting Professors.