Resident Timeline

Surgical residency is a multi-year educational process with many goals and objectives. There are plenty of exams, certifications, and licensing requirements to keep track of. You may be interested in research or apply for fellowship, which requires advance planning. Below you will find links to our Resident Timeline to help organize your educational, professional, and even personal goals.

Master Timeline

PGY-1

Medical Knowledge

  • Fundamentals of Surgery
  • Sabiston Textbook
  • SCORE Curriculum

Professional Development

  • Join American College of Surgeons
  • Update CV

Research Projects

  • Identify mentor
  • Plan projects

Fellowship Application

  • Identify mentor
  • Eliminate unprofessional social profiles

Certifications / Tests

  • BLS
  • ACLS
  • ATLS
  • USMLE Step III
  • Case log (aim 100)

Financial Planning

  • Loan deferment
  • Establish 403b
  • Establish 529

PGY-2

Medical Knowledge

  • Marino’s ICU Book
  • SCORE Curriculum

Professional Development

  • Join specialty society
  • Purchase Loupes
  • Update CV

Research Projects

  • Apply for Grant

Fellowship Application

  • Join specialty society
  • Talk to faculty

Certifications / Tests

  • State medical license
  • DEA
  • FCCS
  • Case log (aim 250)
  • Enter non-op trauma

Financial Planning

  • Loan deferment

R-1

Medical Knowledge

  • Schwartz’s Principles
  • SCORE Curriculum

Professional Development

  • Attend society meeting
  • Join society commitee
  • Update CV

Research Projects

  • Generate data
  • Clinical side project

Fellowship Application

  • Attend society meeting
  • Join society committee
  • Draft personal statement

Financial Planning

  • Loan deferment
  • Moonlighting

R-2

Medical Knowledge

  • Specialty text
  • SCORE curriculum

Professional Development

  • Attend ACS meeting
  • Update CV

Research Projects

  • Analyze data

Fellowship Application

  • Attend society meeting
  • Assemble list of programs

Certifications / Tests

  • Re-credential at hospitals

Financial Planning

  • Loan deferment
  • Moonlighting

PGY-3

Medical Knowledge

  • Essential Operative
  • Techniques and Anatomy
  • SCORE Curriculum

Professional Development

  • Present at meeting
  • Update CV
  • QA Project Lead

Research Projects

  • Present at national meeting

Fellowship Application

  • Solicit LOR
  • Meet with Section Chief
  • Meet with Chairman

Certifications / Tests

  • FLS
  • Case Log
  • Practice mock orals

Financial Planning

  • Loan deferment

PGY-4

Medical Knowledge

  • Complications
  • SCORE Curriculum

Professional Development

  • Attend skills course
  • Update CV

Research Projects

  • Publish all research

Fellowship Application

  • Applications
  • Submit LOR
  • Interview

Certifications / Tests

  • FES
  • Case log
  • Practice mock orals

Financial Planning

  • Loan deferment

PGY-5

Medical Knowledge

  • Cameron’s Surgery
  • SCORE Curriculum

Professional Development

  • ACS Spring Meeting
  • Update CV

Research Projects

  • Review related publications

Certifications / Tests

  • Case Log
  • ABS Application – May 1
  • Practice Mock Orals

Financial Planning

  • Load deferment

Post Grad

Certifications / Tests

  • ABS QE
  • ABS CE

Annual

Medical Knowledge

  • PPD
  • Flu shot