Didactic and Clinical Teaching

The UW Department of Surgery focuses on the development of the total surgeon in the three areas of intellect, skills and humanity.

All residents are required to complete one academic QI project for graduation with a UW faculty mentor. This policy was instituted so that all residents have the benefit of compiling, analyzing, synthesizing and presenting scientific data even when dedicated research time is not taken. However, most of our residents far surpass this minimal requirement.  The Department of Surgery has numerous free resources available for our residents to assist with project design, IRB application, data analysis, presentation and grant funding. We also strongly believe that review of surgical outcomes and problem-based learning and improvement should be an ongoing pursuit that is woven into the fabric of a surgical career for residents and faculty. For this reason, we have incorporated review of our NSQIP and Washington State SCOAP data into our weekly M&M conference.

Residents are exposed to formal workshops designed to improve their teaching skills and provide a foundation in principles of adult education in a clinical setting. Excellence in teaching is an important expectation for both faculty and residents alike. The residency program provides leadership and ethics curricula that span the junior and senior years of training.  In addition, we provide instruction in other areas of medicine such as palliative care, professionalism, global surgery and practice management-related topics. In addition to the usual bedside, clinic, and operating room teaching activities, more formal teaching conferences occur on two levels: department-wide and hospital-based.



Fully equipped libraries, computers and study areas are available to the residents at each training site. In addition to department-wide conferences, each of the teaching hospitals has a weekly M&M review plus individual conferences based on the clinical emphasis of its services. Some examples are listed below: