During the first year, incoming residents are assigned to a faculty mentor. The mentor and resident meet on a semi-annual basis to discuss the resident's written evaluations, review career plans, select a laboratory and address specific problems, as needed. Residents also meet with the program director, Dr. Paul Wise, both as individuals and as a PGY class to discuss any issues on rotations. Residents meet with associate program directors Dr. Ryan Fields, Dr. Amy Cyr, Dr. Jason Wellen and Dr. Laurie Punch to review evaluations and discuss how they are progressing as surgeons. Dr. Timothy Eberlein, Bixby Professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery, is always available to the residents for career advising and planning.
Residents as Teachers
Residents play a key role in educating medical students. Resident teaching responsibilities are outlined in the resident manual, which is updated annually. Teaching responsibilities are discussed at intern orientation and reviewed with all the residents annually in July. Students frequently cite their interactions with residents as a primary reason for choosing surgery as a career.