Conference Schedule

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.

Video Grand Rounds are held once a month on Fridays at noon. Outside presentations are video recorded and shown to residents during conference and are important for keeping faculty & residents up to date with current healthcare issues.

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.

GS Conference PageSurgical Skills Lab is held once a month and supervised by a faculty member. This conference focuses on surgical skills ranging from suturing to complex cases. Both Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) and Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES) will be covered. 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 Housestaff 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. This conference is optional for residents to attend.

SCORE Conference is held at 11am each Friday and is moderated by the chief residents. 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 on a monthly basis. Attending surgeons from UNC and other medical schools lecture in their area of clinical expertise.

Journal Club is held once a month with ½ of the conferences being held on campus and other ½ being held 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 each month 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.

ICU Rounds are held once each month (not to be confused with Trauma/Critical Care Rounds). The ICU Senior Resident presents cases, radiographic images, critical care problems and patient management issues. An ICU debate takes place at the end of each academic year.

Case Presentations are held once each month. 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.