Curriculum

physician assistant residency.

CURRICULUM

This twelve-month surgical residency program will provide intense training in the perioperative and operative management of patients. PA Residents will develop critical thinking and surgical assistant skills throughout the year. Residents can expect to gain the fundamentals of surgical care through both didactic and clinical settings in a multitude of surgery subspecialties to best prepare for a career in PA surgery.  A skills lab curriculum is utilized to refine skills and ultimately improve quality of patient care.

We have a competency based curriculum that includes specific goals & objectives for each rotation. This assures that the PA resident develops competence in all areas.

The following conferences and lectures are held weekly unless otherwise indicated:

Physician Assistant meeting

  • Burn Conference
  • Critical Care/Trauma
  • Journal club
  • Morbidity and Mortality
  • SCORE Conference
  • Skills Lab
  • Surgical Grand Rounds
  • Tumor Board (monthly)
  • Vascular Conference (monthly)
  • Medical Student Lectures

 

SKILLS LAB

The program encompasses monthly training sessions in both the UCSF clinical skills lab (CSL) and the UCSF Department of Surgery surgical skills lab (SSL), from suturing to more complex procedures, trauma/critical care simulations with our simulation mannequin for the most comprehensive hands on training. The Department of Surgery skills lab located in the surgery suite where residents have access.

Group of PAs smilingDr. Jim Davis with colleagues

 

ROTATIONS

The intern year consists of 12 months of intensive didactic and clinical education and includes the following rotations: general surgery, burns, orthopedics, ACS/trauma, ER, urology, Trauma ICU, Surgical ICU, vascular, USA Oncology (hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB), breast, endocrine). All rotations are at Community Regional Medical Center (CRMC).