General Surgery Residency | Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak


becoming a surgeon takes a lot of time

and dedication and it really is a

privilege to operate on people entering

surgical residency really requires a

recognition is that this is the time in

your life that you have to become the

type of surgeon that you would want to

be looking for hard-working honest and

dedicated residents who are really

committed to becoming great surgeons

what does it take to become a surgery

resident and a good surgeon it takes

dedication it takes compassion it takes

hard work it takes teamwork Beaumont

Royal Oak has grown tremendously from a

little 250 vet Community Hospital that

was born in the 1950s to what it is


it's a 1200 bed tertiary care hospital

that has virtually every imaginable

service I chose Beaumont because it was

a community hospital and a tertiary care

center and a large academic center very

good reputation of turning out great

surgical residents the ORS are humming

all the time which is a good problem for

a surgical resident to have because of

the wealth of cases that they can


you're very hands-on here from day one

we were in the operating room

essentially the first day of internship

hernia repairs removal of skin lumps and

bumps as well as starting to get some

introduction into laparoscopic surgery

laparoscopic cholecystectomy

laparoscopic appendectomy is you can go

from doing a thoracic case in the

morning - taking call at night and doing

some very interesting operative trauma -

doing a colon resection or something as

simple as the liner report in the ICU

and we have a lot of autonomy but great

great faculty who are there to support

us and help us and help us grow and be

more independent surgeons in the

operating room there's always an

attending physician there teaching a

resident instructing them discussing the

case discussing what steps would do next

what would we do in a different

situation the attendings here are


you can tell they really have a vested

interest in you and they'll work

one-on-one with you they depend on you I

think there's a mutual respect they want

you to learn they want you to succeed

you know we try to teach them how to

think in the operating room how to

perform in the operating room and how to

do things in lots of different ways so

that when they're coming across

experiences that they haven't seen

before they have the basic skills and

techniques that they can handle in a

situation our resins have the

opportunity to participate in the

surgical learning center in the Learning

Center we have times when the residents

can come on their own and work and

practice suturing and that time can

practice on the simulations - suturing

on the liver and doing a liver resection

in their senior years the program is

geared to the level of the resident

where I believe our strength is is in

the high volume that we are able to

offer to residents the opportunity to

work with a broad variety of surgeons

and to gain the perspective of many

people who don't always do things

exactly the same way but with the same

goal in mind and that is for good safe

outcomes for patients the patient

population at Beaumont is very diverse

being a referral center we get patients

from all over we get patients from rural

areas urban and suburban communities you

know you'll see all sorts of cultures

and education levels and so

socioeconomic status so you really get

exposure to a lot of populations we have

a very heavy critical care influence

surgical critical care we spend a lot of

time in the surgical ICU over our first

three years it's very stimulating it's

very cognitive there's very complex

patients who have issues with multiple

organ systems that really forces you to

think critically to get

better there are great days where you

feel on top of the world there are tough

days because surgery residency is

difficult it is a constant stream of

learning and becoming a better person

and you have to be willing to change

your perspective change how you do

things to better serve your patient the

feedback we get from fellowship

directors who have accepted our

graduates is that they know their way

around an operating table they know how

to recognize complications how to deal

with those complications and what's more

important is that they have this deep

sense of responsibility for the patients

that they're caring for that they're

people with families and lives and it's

taking care of the whole patient from

the time they come into the ER to the

time that they get discharged home and

it's one of those things where you never

say no like someone calls you for help

and you just say yes and that's that's

part of the culture of being a

responsible surgeon and a responsible

physician our residents become fantastic

surgeons that if I woke up one day and

saw them standing over me as my surgeon

I would be more than comfortable knowing

that my life is in their hands