Post-Graduate Year Descriptions


Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY1): The internship provides an extensive experience in the essentials of pre- and postoperative care for the general surgery patient. First-year residents become competent in managing critically ill patients, and they begin to develop technical skills in operative surgery. The PGY1 year includes rotations in the core general surgery services of Endocrine/Oncologic Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Trauma/Acute Care Surgery, Transplant Surgery and Vascular Surgery.  Rotations in Pediatric Surgery and in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit also are provided in the first year. The majority of the PGY1 rotations are scheduled at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Interns also get to experience community General Surgery at Barnes West County.

Post-Graduate Year 2 (PGY2): In the second year, clinical responsibility and operative experience increase. The PGY2 schedule includes rotations in Trauma/Acute Care Surgery, Endocrine/Oncologic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Vascular Surgery.  In addition, there are rotations in the Surgical and Cardiothoracic ICUs and Pediatric Surgical Service. General Surgery PGY2 residents rotate at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the St. Louis VA Medical Center-John Cochran Division. On many services, the PGY2 residents see both the ED and inpatient consults.

Post-Graduate Year 3 (PGY3): The third year provides advanced experience on the general surgery services of Acute and Critical Care Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Thoracic, Vascular, and Pediatric Surgery. Third year residents also have a dedicated Endoscopy rotation to master EDGs and colonoscopies.

Post-Graduate Year 4 (PGY4): During the fourth clinical year of the program, the residents begin to act as chief residents on the Trauma/Acute Critical Care service, where they often get the opportunity to take junior residents through operations. In the fourth and fifth years, residents may choose to participate in the Flexibility in Surgical Training (FIST) program where they may be able to customize 12 months of elective rotations over the last 2 years of residency. This may include surgery rotations such as Minimally Invasive Surgery, Thoracic, Transplant, Colorectal, Hepatobiliary, Cardiac, and/or Vascular but also non-surgery rotations such as Interventional Radiology and Neonatal Intensive Care.

Post-Graduate Year 5 (PGY5) (Chief Resident): During the final year of the program, the resident rotates at Barnes-Jewish Hospital on the Hepatobiliary Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Endocrine/Oncology Surgery. The Chief Residents also do General Surgery rotations at the VA Medical Center and Barnes West County. Again, Chief Residents may also participate in the FIST program and customize a portion of their schedule based on their own interests. Working under the guidance of attending surgeons, the chief resident is responsible for the administration of the service and actively participates in the organization of conferences and teaching junior surgical house officers and medical students.