Most family physicians are not performing surgery during their daily schedule.  It is important however for family physicians to learn how to efficiently and professionally interact with surgeons, be familiar with operating room procedures and the operating room experience, and guide our patients through the process of surgery beyond time spent in the operating room.

Our goal during residency training is to increase the residents’ confidence and competency to best serve our patients who may be contemplating, planning, going through, or recovering from surgery. This three-week rotation takes place mid-year during postgraduate year two and to maintain well-being, residents are never scheduled for overnight surgery call.

Goals and Objectives:

  • Coordinate ambulatory, inpatient, and institutional care across health care providers, institutions, and agencies.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with the patient, as well as with the patient’s family and caregivers, to ensure that the diagnosis and treatment plan are clearly understood.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with the surgeon supervisor/consultant about the patient’s symptoms, physical findings, test results, and proposed plan of care.
  • Recognize his or her practice limitations and seek consultation with other health care providers when necessary to provide optimal care.

Location(s): Concord Medical Center and Walnut Creek Medical Center

Distance from Family Medicine Residency Practice: 0.0 m – 6.0 m

Surgery Rotation Sample Schedule, Education Experiences:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
AM Surgicalist Team Surgicalist Team Pre-Op Clinic Team Based Clinic SWAT (wound care)
PM Surgicalist Team Surgicalist Team Wound Care Workshop SWAT or Pre-Op


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