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General surgery training requirements

Discussion in 'Surgery and Surgical Subspecialties' started by triathlete411, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. triathlete411

    triathlete411 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Do the final two years of a five year general surgery residency have to be consecutive? i.e., If I wanted to do a research year or a critical care fellowship between 4th and 5th year of my general surgery residency, could I?
     
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  3. Tigger14

    Tigger14 Ready to move 7+ Year Member

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    I don't know about critical care between pg4 and pg5, but the last two clinical years have to be at the same program.
     
  4. Pilot Doc

    Pilot Doc SDN Angel Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

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    Call the ABS and ask.
     
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    I would ask ABS. Its not listed as a requirement on their website, but better safe than sorry.

    I might add that doing research/fellowship between 3rd and 4th years might be easier for most programs to handle (ie, who will be covering your absence between 4th and 5th year?).
     
  6. Dr. Z

    Dr. Z New Member

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    I have always been under the impression that you have to do the last two years of general surgery training consecutively. But, I looked on both the ACGME website for the RRC for general surgery and the American Board of Surgery website and I did not find anything about it. The closest requirement that I found was this one:

    “Have spent the final two residency years in the
    same program, unless prior approval for a different
    arrangement has been granted by the ABS.
    Residents who will complete their residency train-
    ing in the 2007-2008 academic year or thereafter
    must satisfy the above requirements at no more
    than three residency programs overall. Credit for
    training that occurred outside the United States and
    Canada is not included in this limit, as any such
    credit is awarded on an individualized basis. “

    Here is the link for a pdf document that has the detailed requirements for general surgery training from the RRC http://www.acgme.org/acWebsite/downloads/RRC_progReq/440pr1105.pdf

    Here is the link for the pdf for the requirements of the American Board of Surgery.
    http://home.absurgery.org/xfer/BookletofInfo-Surgery.pdf

    All things considered, I would think about asking the program director or the chairman of your program…they should know.
     

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