Surgical ability by PGY

Discussion in 'Surgery and Surgical Subspecialties' started by DrDude, May 14, 2008.

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    Could you guys give me an idea of what procedures and operations you were comfortable doing on your own with each successive year in GS residency?

    I realize residencies are different in how early and how often they let residents operate but I just want a general idea of what GS residents should be able to handle at the end of each year from PGY1 to PGY5.
     
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    I think it goes something like this:
    PGY-1: 20%
    PGY-2: 40%
    PGy-3: 60%
    PGY-4: 80%
    PGY-5: all of them, hooray!

    But I could be gravely mistaken.
     
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  4. It's really going to depend on your training program, whether or not fellows are present, whether it's academic vs. community, etc.

    Plus if you have a top-heavy program you'll get much less operative experience as a junior.

    So it's hard to generalize.
     
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    And the operative word here (no pun intended) is "comfortable".

    See the other thread in which lots of residents state they are doing cases. There, as well as here, I submit that comfort level and ability to do the case entirely by yourself is something fairly rare during residency.

    Most attendings state that it took them 5 years out of training before they felt comfortable.
     

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