The Residency in General Surgery at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center is a standard five-year program. NHRMC is a county-owned, 628-bed facility that serves a seven-county area in southeastern North Carolina. It serves both as a community hospital for the Wilmington, N.C. metropolitan area and as a tertiary referral center for its surrounding seven counties. The Wilmington metropolitan area has a population of 230,000 and a catchment area population of 600,000. The population base assures the subspecialty clinical volumes to support active programs in all surgical areas.
NHRMC has characteristics that traditionally have been associated with both public and private hospitals. Its charter commits the hospital to the care of the indigent. As the most advanced specialty hospital in the region, it supports many private group practices in all fields of surgery and medicine. Community faculty maintains busy general, endovascular, and advanced laparoscopic practices in which surgical residents play an active role. There are more than 100,000 emergency department visits each year and an additional 40 000 ED visits at its two affiliated hospitals in which general surgical services are either not provided at all or are available on a part time basis. General surgical volume from these facilities is transferred to NHRMC.
As a North Carolina-designated Level II Trauma Center, the hospital maintains a busy Trauma Service with 1,500 annual admissions. Teaching faculty serve as the Trauma Service. The Zimmer Cancer Center of the NHRMC provides the only fully integrated multidisciplinary oncologic service in southeastern North Carolina. It is accredited as a Teaching Hospital Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
The Surgical Residency has two residents at each level and one provisional PGY1 resident for a total of 11 residents. Our aim is to maintain the collegial atmosphere expected in a small community residency while functioning within the confines of a large, busy medical center. Resident learning, operative and clinical experience, and personal well-being are of the highest priority. The patient volume and educational curriculum at NHRMC assures that residents receive a rich educational and training experience.
NHRMC combines the best educational aspects of a university program with the best clinical elements of a community teaching hospital. Each member of the full-time faculty of the Residency Program holds a full-time tenure track academic appointment in the Department of Surgery of UNC-Chapel Hill. Community faculty is all board certified in their specialties and hold clinical appointments at UNC-Chapel Hill. The most relevant characteristic of the faculty is its commitment to the mission of NHRMC.
- One week blocks only (no splitting and no two-week blocks).
- No resident on Housestaff may take vacation.
- One resident on vacation per week.
- No vacations allowed the last two weeks of June or the first two weeks of July or the last two weeks in December.
- One vacation per block: Aug/Sep/Oct, Nov/Dec/Jan/Feb, Mar/Apr/May/Jun.
- Vacation requests are made in writing (with multiple preferences listed) to the chief resident by 1700 on the first day of the month prior to the start of the vacation block (i.e. - by July 1 for the Aug/Sep/Oct block). The master vacation schedule will be made within 24-48 hours of that time. The chief resident will post reminder signs as these days approach. If you would like to make travel arrangements further in advance than this, talk to the residents above you who could potentially bump you, then make your advance request in writing to the chief resident. If all residents above you are in agreement, you can secure a vacation week earlier.
- Both weekends of a vacation week cannot be guaranteed. If counting on both weekends off for making travel plans in advance, clear it with the chief resident.
- Vacations begin at the end of the workday on Friday evening, whenever that is. Do not make travel plans for Friday afternoon or early evening.
- Senior vacation requests take precedence over junior requests.
For additional information you may contact:
Thomas V. Clancy, M.D.
South East Area Health Education Center
P.O. Box 9025
Wilmington, NC 28402-9025
FAX (910) 763-4630