Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Surgery

General Surgery Residency

orEducation is a critical mission to Department of Surgery faculty at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

So much so, that we developed a mission statement just for education to highlight the importance that not only do we want our learners to challenge themselves to achieve their maximum capabilities as surgeons, but to do so in a positive learning environment that drives learners to reach beyond what they thought possible.

To accomplish our mission, stated to the right, we have evolved a dynamic clinical curriculum that prioritizes education over service, a faculty trained to teach and hired with clear expectations of their role as facilitators of learning, and an educational structure that values residents as a group and as individuals with separate learning needs and ambitions.

Residents are also expected to be good teachers of junior residents, medical students, patients, and other health professionals. All residents progress through a Resident as Teacher program in their second and fourth years of residency. Residents receive feedback on their teaching skills and a resident teaching award system is in place to recognize those residents who excel as teachers and educators. Chief residents receive a medical school faculty appointment because of their prominent role and influence as teachers, mentors, and role models.

The Department of Surgery is deeply committed to the general surgery residency program and assumes a kaizen approach, a Japanese term meaning "the relentless quest for better quality." The program leadership and faculty dedicate significant resources (people, time, and financial) to meet our education mission and manage a residency program that truly facilitates the professional as well as the personal growth of its residents to graduate future leaders, scholars and clinicians to the best of our abilities.


"We want our department to manage educational programs that as faculty we are proud of and committed to, where all interested faculty and related staff have an opportunity to contribute and grow as teachers, mentors, learners, educators, researchers and administrators. We want our faculty, education staff, and learners to feel respected, treated fairly, listened to, and accountable for the quality of the educational programs. Our aim is to provide a positive and supportive learning climate where individuals, regardless of level, are properly challenged to achieve their maximum potential personally and professionally. Above all, we want satisfaction from the accomplishments of our learners, as well as the full time and voluntary faculty."

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