Thorough knowledge of gastrointestinal disease is a sine-qua-non for any surgeon. To this end, the Sinai surgical residents will rotate in the Division of Gastroenterology at Sinai Hospital during their 3rd or 4th clinical year for a period of six weeks.
During that time, the surgical residents will participate in all care rendered to inpatient GI patients at Sinai Hospital: admission, consultation, diagnostic workup, endoscopic procedures, post-operative care and discharge.
The comprehensive GI specialty curriculum includes lectures and readings on: acute and chronic pancreatitis, GI bleeding, cholelithiasis, cholecystitis and biliary emergencies; inflammatory bowel disease; colonic polyps and cancers; considerations in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy; malabsorption, celiac disease and management of diarrhea; GERD and Barrett's disease; peptic ulcer and H. pylori; complications of ulcer disease; hepatitis, cirrhosis and liver failure; diverticulosis and diverticulitis; gastric cancer; rare GI tumors; achalasia esophageal dysmotility and diverticula; and colitis.
During this rotation, the residents will spend a large amount of their time in the state-of-the-art GI diagnostic suite learning to perform esophago-gastro-duodenoscopies, sigmoidoscopies and colonoscopies, and related diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. The residents will learn the principles and pitfalls of ERCP and endoscopic ultrasound.
In addition, the surgical residents will attend the weekly general surgery M&M, core curriculum and case-based resident lectures, as well as medicine noon conference/Grand Rounds when applicable to GI topics.