EducationTrainingEvery resident and fellow of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Department of Surgery brings distinct talents and abilities to our team and also has specific professional and personal goals that we strive to support through a customizable training path.

Our broad range of education options allow all trainees to craft a personal experience that supports the career they envision.

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Developing confident, independent surgeons

  • Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center
    • State-of-the-art, high-fidelity simulation labs, including open, laparoscopic and task trainers
    • Video teleconferencing capabilities where surgeries happening anywhere in the world provide trainees a bird’s-eye view of the surgery on one screen and from inside the patient on another, all while speaking with the physicians performing the procedure
    • Formal assessments and mentorship meetings
  • Live case experience, with PGY2 residents averaging 400 cases
  • Novel alcohol-based soft tissue preservation extends reuse of donated bodies and significantly improves the ability to mimic living tissue

OR Coaching program

  • Residents receive feedback from senior surgeons, in addition to the attending for the case
  • Includes procedure-specific suggestions, as well as constructive comments related to technique and OR management, including small procedural changes or potentially negative habits that can be corrected before becoming ingrained
  • Observation and evaluation completed for 12 cases (three each for lap chole, inguinal hernia, ventral hernia and lap colectomy)
  • Based on program success and resident interest, three new OR coaches were added to the team
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Upgraded robotic curriculum

Lead, Engage, Accelerate, Drive in Surgery (LEAD)

  • This leadership elective is available to PGY 2-5 general surgery and lab residents
  • The one-year course teaches effective leadership skills, which we believe is crucial for a successful surgical career
  • Small class size of 15 or fewer promotes discussion and input from varied perspectives
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Exposure to varied surgical settings

  • University Hospital
  • The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute
  • Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital
  • Ohio State East Hospital
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Outpatient surgery centers across central Ohio

Education Team

If you want to learn more about our education options and how they can be customized to each trainee’s interests, please contact our education team members:

  • Brittany Williams – General Surgery Residency Program Manager
  • Anna Patterson – Program Manager, Research Education
  • Lori Bardon – Program Manager, Divisions of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery, and Trauma, Critical Care and Burn
  • Kaitlen Knight – Program Manager, Divisions of Cardiac Surgery and Vascular Diseases and Surgery
  • Xiaodong (Phoenix) Chen, PhD, MSc, BEng – Senior Director of Education Science

Personal career development

All residents complete a minimum one-year research experience or a specialty fellowship during their residency, unless otherwise exempted.

Subspecialty surgical fellowships

  • Advanced therapeutic endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Surgical critical care
  • Abdominal transplant surgery
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Pediatric surgical critical care
  • Surgical oncology
  • Vascular surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Bariatrics surgery

Research Training Program

  • This includes a mentored research project in any area of interest and completion of an advanced degree such as:
    • Master of Medical Science, with a track in translational, clinical, health services and medical education research
    • Master of Public Health
    • Master of Business Administration
    • An alternate Master of Science degree, such as a Master of Science in Anatomy
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Expanded Residency Wellness Program

Ohio State Department of Surgery expands residency wellness program

Wellness took on added importance during COVID-19, and the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center Department of Surgery was able to expand its existing residency wellness program thanks to the Robert Zollinger Surgical Society. This longstanding alumni group was reinvigorated to emphasize the physical, mental, social and professional wellness that is especially important during the often stressful years of residency. Themed events, developed with guidance from the residency wellness committee assistance, helped our trainees establish unity and maintain a supportive environment.

Our two newest integrated residency programs

Cardiothoracic Surgery Integrated Residency

Vascular Surgery Residency