Department of Surgery
Surgical Education General Surgery Residency Program
It is the goal of the Monmouth Medical Center and Newark Beth Israel Medical
Center combined surgical residency program to develop residents with clinical
maturity, surgical judgment, technical skill and knowledge at the highest
standards of our profession.
The General Surgery residency is structured to provide five years of general
surgery training. There are four categorical residents per year plus six
preliminary residents. The Residency is under the auspices of Monmouth
Medical Center (MMC) Department of Surgery. The major affiliate of the
program is Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC). At MMC, residents
rotate through the General Surgery Team A and Subspeciality Team B which
includes, vascular, thoracic, pediatric, urology, otolaryngology, plastic
surgery and neurosurgery patients. At MMC, a PGY1 resident rotates through
the ICU/ER. At NBIMC, in addition to general surgery, residents also rotate
on a subspecialty service inclusive of vascular, pediatric, transplant,
oncologic and cardiac surgery. During the PGY2 year, there are also rotations
at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) on various tumor services,
and the Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s trauma service.
Residents rotate about equally between MMC and NBIMC for the remainder
of the five years.
We attain our mutual objectives by:
- guiding the resident in basic biologic phenomena that constitute the foundation
of surgical practice.
- providing opportunities for direct and responsible patient management in
the primary components of general surgery.
- pioneering surgical technology. MMC was the first hospital in New Jersey
to perform laparoscopic cholecystectomy and has launched a full array
of advanced laparoscopic procedures. The Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive
Breast Center is a multidisciplinary group that is recognized as one of
the leading breast centers in the country. A protocol tested sentinel
lymph node procedure was another first for the southern part of the state.
- providing experience in specialties of vascular, pediatric, plastic and
reconstructive, cardiothoracic, ENT, urologic, and neurologic surgery
expecting the resident to become an effective teacher of medical students
and junior residents and assume increasing administrative responsibility
culminating in the final year as Chief Resident.
- establishing and maintaining an atmosphere that encourages the open interchange
of knowledge and experience. Televideo conferences occur between MMC and
NBIMC residents for clinical research planning on Mondays, and core curriculum
basic science review sessions on Thursdays.
- promoting surgical research and national presentations and publications.
Quality research is rewarded in a yearly paper competition. Any level
resident may present high quality research at a national conference.
The PGY goals and objectives are explained relevant to each level. There
are multiple interrelationships between the philosophical, clinical, technical
and academic milestones. Also, there is an in-training examination each
year and mock boards for the fourth and five years residents. Some residents
start out more advanced in one area, and others may gain knowledge faster.
Many goals, therefore, may be reached earlier for some. Upon completion
of the training program, the surgical resident becomes a surgeon qualified
for further fellowship training, or general surgery practice. Residents
who have applied for fellowships have obtained fellowships. Many of our
graduates return to enter practice in the area. Monmouth County is rated
one of the top ten counties in the country because of its wonderful seaside
lifestyle, excellent schools and proximity to cities.
We hope to foster an increasing competence in surgery matched with a passion
for knowledge. Teachers are exhilarated by stimulating intellectual growth.
Many of the surgeons feel that they could only practice in a teaching
institution because of many of the factors described in the goals and