General Surgery

Rotation Sites

Rotations for the General Surgery Residency Program will take place at the following sites:

Our sponsoring institution, Southwest Healthcare Medical Education Consortium, comprises five medical centers recognized for quality of care and patient safety. The General Surgery Program takes place at four of these facilities.

The primary clinical site, Temecula Valley Hospital, was built in 2013 and offers a comprehensive range of services similar to hospitals in large metropolitan areas. The hospital offers specialty services including Interventional Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Neuro-interventional services. TVH is also designated as a STEMI Receiving Center and Stroke Center with Thrombectomy capabilities. The Joint Commission has designated the hospital as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center.

Rotation Schedule

Below is a sample block schedule of clinical rotations for the General Surgery Residency:

PGY-1
BlockWeeksSpecialtyLocation
14 weeksGeneral SurgeryTemecula Valley Hospital
24 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
34 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
44 weeksGeneral Surgery/ColorectalRancho Springs Hospital
54 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
65 weeksTrauma Acute CareTemecula Valley Hospital
74 weeksAnesthesiaSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
84 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
94 weeksGeneral SurgeryTemecula Valley Hospital
104 weeksGeneral SurgeryRancho Springs Hospital
114 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
124 weeksGeneral SurgeryTemecula Valley Hospital
PGY-2
BlockWeeksSpecialtyLocation
14 weeksGeneral SurgeryTemecula Valley Hospital
24 weeksGeneral Surgery/ColorectalTemecula Valley Hospital
34 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
45 weeksGeneral Surgery/ColorectalRancho Springs Hospital
54 weeksTrauma Acute CareCorona Regional Medical Center
65 weeksICU-SICUSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
74 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
84 weeksGeneral SurgeryRancho Springs Hospital
95 weeksGeneral SurgeryRancho Springs Hospital
102 weeksBurnUCSD Medical Center
114 weeksGastroenterologyTemecula Valley Hospital
125 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
PGY-3
BlockWeeksSpecialtyLocation
14 weeksPediatric SurgeryRady Children's Hospital UCSD
24 weeksTransplantUCSD Medical Center
34 weeksTrauma Acute CareCorona Regional Medical Center
45 weeksGeneral SurgeryTemecula Valley Hospital
54 weeksGastroenterologyTemecula Valley Hospital
65 weeksGeneral SurgeryRancho Springs Hospital
74 weeksColorectalRancho Springs Hospital
84 weeksMinimally Invasive SurgerySouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
95 weeksCardiac ThoracicTemecula Valley Hospital
104 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
114 weeksGeneral SurgeryTemecula Valley Hospital
125 weeksTrauma Acute CareTemecula Valley Hospital
PGY-4
BlockWeeksSpecialtyLocation
14 weeksGeneral SurgeryTemecula Valley Hospital
24 weeksMinimally Invasive SurgeryCorona Regional Medical Center
34 weeksColorectalRancho Springs Hospital
45 weeksVascular SurgeryTemecula Valley Hospital
54 weeksGeneral SurgeryRancho Springs Hospital
65 weeksColorectalTemecula Valley Hospital
74 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
84 weeksGeneral SurgerySouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
95 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
104 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
114 weeksOutpatient SurgeryCorona Regional Medical Center
125 weeksGeneral SurgeryRancho Springs Hospital
PGY-5
BlockWeeksSpecialtyLocation
14 weeksGeneral SurgeryCorona Regional Medical Center
24 weeksGeneral SurgeryRancho Springs Hospital
34 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
45 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
54 weeksGeneral SurgeryCorona Regional Medical Center
65 weeksGeneral SurgeryRancho Springs Hospital
74 weeksMinimally Invasive SurgeryCorona Regional Medical Center
84 weeksColorectalTemecula Valley Hospital
95 weeksGeneral SurgeryRancho Springs Hospital
104 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
114 weeksGeneral Surgery/Robotic SurgeryTemecula Valley Hospital
125 weeksAmbulatory ClinicSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital

PGY-1
BlockWeeksSpecialtyLocation
14 weeksGeneral SurgeryTemecula Valley Hospital
24 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
34 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
44 weeksGeneral Surgery/ColorectalRancho Springs Hospital
54 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
65 weeksTrauma Acute CareTemecula Valley Hospital
74 weeksAnesthesiaSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
84 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
94 weeksGeneral SurgeryTemecula Valley Hospital
104 weeksGeneral SurgeryRancho Springs Hospital
114 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
124 weeksGeneral SurgeryTemecula Valley Hospital
PGY-2
BlockWeeksSpecialtyLocation
14 weeksGeneral SurgeryTemecula Valley Hospital
24 weeksGeneral Surgery/ColorectalTemecula Valley Hospital
34 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
45 weeksGeneral Surgery/ColorectalRancho Springs Hospital
54 weeksTrauma Acute CareCorona Regional Medical Center
65 weeksICU-SICUSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
74 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
84 weeksGeneral SurgeryRancho Springs Hospital
95 weeksGeneral SurgeryRancho Springs Hospital
102 weeksBurnUCSD Medical Center
114 weeksGastroenterologyTemecula Valley Hospital
125 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
PGY-3
BlockWeeksSpecialtyLocation
14 weeksPediatric SurgeryRady Children's Hospital UCSD
24 weeksTransplantUCSD Medical Center
34 weeksTrauma Acute CareCorona Regional Medical Center
45 weeksGeneral SurgeryTemecula Valley Hospital
54 weeksGastroenterologyTemecula Valley Hospital
65 weeksGeneral SurgeryRancho Springs Hospital
74 weeksColorectalRancho Springs Hospital
84 weeksMinimally Invasive SurgerySouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
95 weeksCardiac ThoracicTemecula Valley Hospital
104 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
114 weeksGeneral SurgeryTemecula Valley Hospital
125 weeksTrauma Acute CareTemecula Valley Hospital
PGY-4
BlockWeeksSpecialtyLocation
14 weeksGeneral SurgeryTemecula Valley Hospital
24 weeksMinimally Invasive SurgeryCorona Regional Medical Center
34 weeksColorectalRancho Springs Hospital
45 weeksVascular SurgeryTemecula Valley Hospital
54 weeksGeneral SurgeryRancho Springs Hospital
65 weeksColorectalTemecula Valley Hospital
74 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
84 weeksGeneral SurgerySouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
95 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
104 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
114 weeksOutpatient SurgeryCorona Regional Medical Center
125 weeksGeneral SurgeryRancho Springs Hospital
PGY-5
BlockWeeksSpecialtyLocation
14 weeksGeneral SurgeryCorona Regional Medical Center
24 weeksGeneral SurgeryRancho Springs Hospital
34 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
45 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
54 weeksGeneral SurgeryCorona Regional Medical Center
65 weeksGeneral SurgeryRancho Springs Hospital
74 weeksMinimally Invasive SurgeryCorona Regional Medical Center
84 weeksColorectalTemecula Valley Hospital
95 weeksGeneral SurgeryRancho Springs Hospital
104 weeksTrauma Acute CareSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
114 weeksGeneral Surgery/Robotic SurgeryTemecula Valley Hospital
125 weeksAmbulatory ClinicSouthwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital
Notes
  • Paid Time Off (PTO): Residents are allowed four weeks (20 days) per academic year during outpatient rotations and are allowed five days per block. See Salary & Benefits for more information.
  • Potential Elective rotations to help personal and professional development include these surgical specialties:
    • Trauma surgery
    • General surgery
    • Vascular surgery
    • Anesthesiology
    • Cardiothoracic
    • Advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery

Didactics

Didactics are very robust and broadly encompassing. Protected half-day a week will be offered and will include morbidity mortality conference, reviewing part of a surgical textbook chapter, SCORE curriculum, basic science lecture and grand rounds. Journal club will take place on a monthly basis.

Research and Scholarly Activity

Our program seeks to advance our residents’ knowledge of basic principles of research, including how research is conducted, evaluated, explained to patients and applied to patient care. Residents are assigned faculty mentors to advise and guide them with their research and scholarly activities. Because of its importance, residents will be allotted time during non-call rotations for scholarly activity as well as the ability to request elective time for scholarly pursuits.

All residents are expected and encouraged to participate in scholarly activity. Residents will participate in hospital performance improvement committees and be exposed to ongoing activities taking place at the hospital such as patient safety efforts and quality improvement.

Residents will present their Scholarly Activity Projects during didactic sessions and are encouraged to submit their projects for presentation and/or publication at professional local, regional or national meetings or in peer-reviewed journals.