The Division of General and Thoracic Surgery offers a two-year residency (fellowship) in pediatric surgery. One new resident is chosen each year through the National Resident Matching Program. The applicant must have completed a general surgical training program and must be eligible to take the qualifying examination given by the American Board of Surgery. To date, more than 40 pediatric surgery residents have been trained in the division.
With faculty performing close to 5,000 operations annually, the pediatric surgical trainee gains extensive experience in managing a wide spectrum of common and complex pediatric surgical problems in neonates to young adults. This experience includes training in:
- Thoracic surgery
- Fetal surgery
- Abdominal surgery
- Urologic surgery
- Oncologic surgery
- Trauma surgery
- Transplant surgery
- Minimally invasive surgical techniques
The two-year curriculum combines structured rotations, didactic lectures and weekly and monthly educational conferences, comprising:
- Surgery grand rounds (University of Cincinnati)
- Pediatric surgery grand rounds
- Basic science lectures
- Tumor Board
- Other interdisciplinary conferences such as morbidity and mortality, trauma, radiology and pathology
The resident is also expected to engage in independent study and self-directed learning. He or she is given access to computerized databases, library materials and journals, and given the opportunity to participate in a variety of clinical and basic science research projects.
Pediatric surgery faculty members closely mentor the resident throughout training.