Pediatric Surgery Residency Overview

The pediatric surgery resident is expected to perform 1,000 to 1,200 major operations covering the breadth and scope of neonatal and pediatric surgery. Electives are offered in neonatology, pediatric urology, international elective, and other relevant pediatric specialty disciplines. At the completion of the program, the resident is eligible for the Qualifying Examination in Pediatric Surgery administered by the American Board of Surgery.


  • Develop expertise in the diagnosis, operative management, and perioperative care of infants, children, and adolescents with congenital and acquired diseases. These include major anomalies, solid tumors, thermal injuries, and traumatic disorders.

  • Acquire expertise in minimally invasive thoracic and abdominal surgery.

  • Develop skill in pediatric surgical endoscopy.

  • Develop the skills necessary for delivery of surgical care in the tertiary setting, including team management, continuous performance improvement, application of new technology, and participation in clinical research.

Educational Schedule

  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference weekly

  • Combined pediatric surgery/gastroenterology conference quarterly

  • Clinical/translational/outcomes research meeting monthly

  • PedSCORE Tutorial weekly

  • Trauma Grand Rounds monthly

  • Surgery Grand Rounds monthly

  • Surgical Clinic weekly

  • Research Seminar - Fellow series monthly

  • Multiple specialty clinics (Burn Clinic, Bariatric Clinic, Chest Wall Deformity Clinic, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic, Surgical Oncology Clinic, Colorectal Clinic)

  • Tumor Board weekly

  • Pediatric Surgery Review (PSR) weekly

  • Multidisciplinary Colorectal Case Conference weekly

Professional Development Activities - Conferences

Trainee Training Year General Surgery Board Review Course Oncology Review Course (St Jude) March APSA May AAP October Pediatric Colorectal Workshop Additional Training Conf. (Discuss with PD) International Colorectal Trips
Fellow Year 1 To Be Discussed
Fellow Year 2 To Be Discussed

ABS Requirements For Pediatric Surgery Residency Training

  • Requirement is for 96 weeks of clinical training in the two year time frame
  • Fellows will be granted 40 days of non-clinical time over two years, excluding weekends and federal holidays.  All non-clinical time (courses, interviews, meetings, international rotations, vacation, etc.), must fit into the 40 days (weekdays) over two years.

 The “non-clinical” time includes vacations (2 weeks per year) and 2 weeks of all other training activities. These “non-clinical” training activities include courses, interviews, meetings, and international rotations. We are instructing our fellows to select from a menu of these activities that are relevant to their career development, without exceeding the allowed maximum of 10 days per year of training (averaged over 2 years, and excluding weekends and federal holidays). These activities, including international rotations, are very important components of our training program.