The residents of the UC San Francisco - East Bay Program rotate through clinical rotations at the Alameda Health System (Highland Hospital), Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, Walnut Creek, Hayward, and Fremont), San Francisco VA Medical Center (San Francisco, CA), Children's Hospital (Oakland), VA Medical Center (Reno, NV) and the California Pacific Medical Center (San Francisco). Clinical rotations through the various sites provide our residents with exposure to a wide variety of patients with diverse clinical problems, surgical faculty, and practice environments.
Traditionally, at the completion of training, the residents have gained extensive experiences in all of the primary components of general surgery. Our graduates comfortably exceed the requirements in all of the defined categories outlined by the American Board of Surgery.
The program matches 7 categorical and 7 preliminary residents each year and has positions for 43 residents (12-10-7-7-7), with all categorical residents who perform satisfactorily finishing at the end of the fifth clinical year. Residents in good standing may elect a period of research after the second or third clinical year.
The program provides graduated level of responsibility for each resident with ultimate responsibility attained during the chief year. Specific rotations include:
1st year: General Surgery, Trauma, Intensive Care, Anesthesiology, Urology, Neurosurgery, Endoscopy, and Liver Transplant.
2nd Year: General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Vascular Surgery, and Intensive Care.
3rd Year: General Surgery, Transplantation, Vascular Surgery, Endocrine Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery.
4th Year: Chief Resident rotations in General Surgery and Trauma.
5th Year: Chief Resident rotations in General Surgery at the integrated hospitals.
The residency curriculum has undergone recent restructuring to ensure the maintenance of high quality educational experiences, while meeting the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) guidelines on resident work conditions and work hours.