findings home/archives       contact us       other AHC publications   

November 2010 Issue

Jocelyn Collins, MD, assistant professor of surgery, with Bradley Davis, MD, general surgery residency director.
RSS feed

UC's General Surgical Residency Program Known for Training 'Best and Brightest'

By Amanda Harper
Published November 2010

Talk to any UC general surgical residency graduate—recent or distant—and you’ll hear the same thing: The best surgeons are trained in Cincinnati. 


Recent grad and new faculty member Jocelyn Collins, MD, says she had three criteria when seeking out the ideal surgical residency program.


"I wanted to know that I would be excellent at my job, that I would be prepared for any next step I chose to pursue—whether it was securing the best pediatric surgery fellowship or entering private practice—and that residents currently in the program were happy. UC fit the bill exactly,” she recalls.


During her interview process, Collins said UC’s chief residents seemed extremely confident and ready for future challenges.


"They clearly worked as a team and took great pride in their efforts. I didn’t get that sense at other institutions,” she adds. "Their enthusiasm and pride were appealing to me when deciding where I would spend the next seven years of my life.”


What Collins didn’t realize then was that she would be part of an emerging national medical trend for women to choose surgery as a career path.


Nationwide, women comprise 30,400 of the nation’s 160,000 surgeons, a 7 percent increase since 1970. In addition, the proportion of women pursuing surgical residencies has increased by more than 8 percent in the last decade, increasing the number of practicing female surgeons on the cusp of entering private- or academic-medical practices.


This trend is playing out locally at the UC College of Medicine, particularly in general surgery. The July 1999 incoming class of surgical residents was 100 percent male; in 2009-2010, it was 50 percent female. When looking collectively at the last 10 classes of surgical residents, 34 percent were female. The 2004 and 2005 classes represented the big shift, with nearly 67 percent of residents being female both years.


"When I was applying for residency, there were far fewer women choosing surgery as a career path. It’s a clear shift in mentality, and I look forward to being a mentor for other women,” says Collins. 


She completed her general surgery residency, including two years of research work, at UC in early 2010 and joined the UC surgery faculty in July 2010. She will also serve as associate director of the UC surgical residency program. She is part of the UC Health general surgery team and specializes in laparoscopic surgical techniques.


New Director, Curriculum for General Surgery Residency


UC’s surgery department has a reputation that precedes it when it comes to resident training. And that reputation is the perfect blend of proud tradition and modern thought.


Founded in 1922, the program has graduated more than 260 general surgery residents. Now under the leadership of director Bradley Davis, MD, UC’s surgical residency program is focusing on core curriculum enhancements that will take the program to yet another level of excellence.


"Dr. Timothy Pritts had done a phenomenal job of leading and building UC’s residency program for the past five years. I have big shoes to fill,” says Davis.


UC general surgery residents complete five years of surgical training with an optional two years of research experience. Resident interviews begin in November, with residents being matched on March 15, 2011.


Starting with the 2011 class, the program will undergo several key changes, including:


·      Increasing trainee class size from six to seven residents per year.

·      Implementing the American Board of Surgery’s SCORE portal, a new tool to model educational objectives and introduce uniform curriculum across all departments of surgery. Until now, there has been no "standard” surgical curriculum to test against.

·      Introduction of a more robust menu of virtual simulation practice opportunities with inanimate and animate models to perfect surgical skills prior to entering an operating room. These opportunities exist through virtual reality simulation equipment housed in and Woliver Laboratory for Simulation and Education in Surgery and a fullyequipped operating room in the Center for Surgical Innovation.

 back to list | back to top