Conference Schedule

Friday Conferences are facilitated by the EDOD which is the Education Doctor of the Day. Each faculty member rotations through being the EDOD for Friday Conferences and their one commit that morning is to the resident’s education. 

Morbidity & Mortality (M&M) Conferences are held every Friday morning. Discussions focus on all deaths, complications and "near-misses" that occur on the surgical services related to General Surgery, Trauma, and Vascular Cases.

Resident Grand Rounds are held four times by PGY V and PGY IV on a topic of their choice. Resident Grand Rounds allow residents to research a topic of their choice is which they are passionate about and then teach the audience about that topic.

Interdisciplinary Grand Rounds are held on the third Friday of the month starting at noon. SEAHEC puts on this grand round that fosters a place to come together with the other residencies programs and learn about certain topics that are impacting the medical community.

Multidisciplinary Breast Tumor Board is held every Monday at 7:00am in the Zimmer Cancer Conference Room and is a review of current breast cancer patients. Residents will attend this board meeting when they are on Surgical Oncology and Colon Rectal Rotation and optional for other residents not on this rotation.

Vascular Conferences are held every second Fridays of the month and is a review of current vascular patients.

Surgical Skills Lab is held six times in the academic year and supervised by a faculty member. This conference focuses on surgical skills ranging from suturing to complex cases. Both Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS), Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES), and Robotic Curriculum will be covered. Residents will come out with certifications. Residents are expected to complete appropriate online modules and practice open and laparoscopic skills. The goal of this conference is to move the learning curve for surgical procedures outside of the operating room to improve patient safety.

Trauma/Critical Care Rounds are held in the Surgical-Trauma ICU and conducted by the Surgical Critical Care and Trauma Attendings. Residents who rotate on ICU participate in this traditional bedside style patient management. Trauma/Critical Care Rounds is a multidisciplinary format with emphasis on surgical critical care issues of current patients in the unit.

Tumor Board is a multi-disciplinary conference held on every Friday morning at 7:00am and is a review of current cancer patients that includes clinical, radiological, and pathological findings. Residents will attend this board meeting when they are on Surgical Oncology and Colon Rectal Rotation and optional for other residents not on this rotation.

SCORE Conference is held at 9am on the first and third Friday of the month and is moderated by the chief residents plus EDOD. The Surgical Council on Resident Education was formed in 2006 and adopted by the American Board of Surgery with the purpose of providing residents and residency programs with high-quality educational materials and structured program for self-learning in all areas of general surgery and related topics. The curriculum outline covers a list of topics to be covered in a 5 year general surgery residency. The portal contains chapters from surgical textbooks, multiple-choice questions, and narrated operative videos based on the six ACGME competencies along with a basic science and ethics curriculum. Residents will be assigned topics weekly broken out by junior and senior levels and self-assessments are reviewed as a group on Friday mornings.

Visiting Professor Conference occurs throughout the academic year. Attending surgeons from UNC and other medical schools lecture in their area of clinical expertise.  

Journal Club is held once a month either at attending surgeons' homes or local restaurants. Current literature is discussed with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) electronic journal club as a resource. An evidence-based journal is used to emphasize paper selection, analysis and interpretation of study results. 

Oral Board Review is an interactive conference held quarterly which is led by a core faculty member to prepare residents for their certifying exam. Faculty members choose from a variety of clinical scenarios to question the residents’ knowledge and critique their presentations and identify strengths and opportunities for improvement.

Mock Oral Boards - Chief Residents will attend the Statewide Mock Oral in preparation for the Oral Board. In house, PGY V & PGY IV will do mock oral boards in preparation for Oral Boards. 

ICU Debate takes place at the end of each academic year.

Case Presentations are held at the discretion of Faculty EDOD. Faculty present an upcoming surgical case from the attendings schedule. Preoperative workup, surgical planning, intraoperative decision making, and expected post-op courses are discussed. Imaging and preoperative pathology are reviewed when available in detail to facilitate the breadth of knowledge required to maintain a busy general surgery practice.