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General Surgery

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The Department of Surgery at Albany Medical Center shares the tripartite goals of the Albany Medical Center, Albany, New York - Education, Patient Care and Medical Research.

Located in the capital city of New York State the Albany Medical Center Hospital, a 651 bed tertiary care facility and New York State designated level one trauma center performs over 30,000 surgical procedures each year. Training programs exist in General Surgery as well as the surgical specialties of Neurological Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology and Urology. Advanced training is offered in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery (including  Bariatric Surgery), Plastic Surgery, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery. An Integrated Training Program in Plastic Surgery is also offered for medical student applicants. All of the training programs have full ACGME accreditation.
The General Surgery Training Program at the Albany Medical Center dates back to the concluding years of World War II when Dr. Eldridge Campbell formalized the residency in Surgery. Under Drs. Charles Eckert  and Samuel Powers the program prospered, training a generation of General Surgeons who became board certified and carried their mentors' skills and talents to serve the wider geographic area of the Northeast.

The faculty of the Division of General Surgery now number 31 with representation from all of the principle, secondary and tertiary areas of General Surgery. These include breast, endocrine, gastrointestinal and colo-rectal, oncologic, pediatric, trauma, transplantation and vascular surgery. Our residents work with all of the faculty, gaining experience in all areas of General Surgery. Over 10,000 General Surgery cases were performed in 2006 with resident participation in virtually every case. Graduating Chief Residents have completed over 1100 major cases representing an experience that places them in the 90th percentile of national resident case experience. Chief residents generally complete over 350 cases during the final year of residency training. Rotations in General Surgery  at the Samuel Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center (a 158 bed  facility adjacent to the Albany Medical Center) and a Rotation in General Thoracic Surgery at St. Peter's Hospital (a 452 bed general hospital) round out the resident's clinical experience. Residents participate with the faculty in outpatient clinics. This provides the resident with training in the many dimensions of surgical care that occur outside the inpatient setting and operating room.

There is ample opportunity for residents to join our faculty in their clinical research endeavors. With the adjacent medical college, New York State Wadsworth Laboratories and Ordway Research Center there is a great opportunity to participate in both basic science and translational research proximate to the Medical Center campus. The Center's association with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, The State University at Albany School of Public Health and a score of local colleges and universities provide additional opportunities for creative research opportunities with advanced degree options available at these institutions. Each resident at the PGY-3 and PGY-4 levels is required to prepare and present a scholarly research project at the annual Research Paper Day in June. We expect that many of these projects will eventually be presented or published regionally or nationally.
Residents are involved with medical students at all levels of training. We hope that in teaching others there is an inestimable benefit to the resident. All residents are involved with students in daily work rounds, weekly teaching rounds and in student tutorial sessions. A close working relationship of faculty, residents and students creates an environment that fosters dynamic learning by all.

Graduates of our training program have successfully completed the certification process of the American Board of Surgery. Most go on to fellowship training in the subspecialty areas of surgery - usually achieving their first choice of training program. 


Todd Beyer, M.D.
Program Director
General Surgery Residency

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