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Welcome to the General Surgery Residency

The General Surgery Residency Program provides extensive, hands-on clinical experience. Our nationally renowned faculty works closely with students to provide individualized and exceptional training.  This fully accredited residency in general surgery provides a solid foundation in all clinical experiences through 2 approved training programs: the Preliminary Program and the Categorical Program.

Students gain expertise in the following skills:

  • Central access placement
  • Chest tube placement
  • Cricothyroidotomy
  • Floor emergencies
  • Hand sewn bowel anastomosis
  • Mesentery division
  • Fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery
  • Percutaneous tracheostomy
  • Sengstakin-Blakmore tube application
  • Stapled bowel anastomosis
  • Suture and knot tying
  • Vascular anastomosis
  • Virtual laparoscopic trainer with haptic feedback
  • Virtual endoscopy trainer

The General Surgery Residency experience

The residency training program in general surgery provides a balance of clinical, research, and operative experience under the close supervision of the full-time and voluntary faculty at 2 primary institutions: Maimonides Medical Center and Coney Island Hospital.

Our affiliations with Coney Island Hospital, University of Maryland Medical Center’s Shock Trauma Center, and Mount Sinai Hospital provide residents with maximum learning and operating opportunities

Now when I say hello to someone in the hallway, it’s not just hello, it’s also a silent recognition of all that we have been through during the Covid pandemic together as a team.

At Maimonides, we are a family. Our team dynamic portrays itself through our patient care. Such an environment has provided a certain level of comfort and confidence, which has allowed me to grow, both as a physician and a person.

It has been a privilege to learn at Maimonides. The case volume and operative variety are unmatched, but more importantly the faculty have inspired us to become passionate advocates for our patients.

Residency Overview

Residents participate in a wide variety of cases across all specialties including colorectal, breast, ENT, Pediatric, bariatric, vascular, thoracic, surgical oncology, and more. Operative experience is enhanced by the use of cutting edge minimally invasive technology including robotic surgery. In addition, the surrounding culturally diverse communities of Brooklyn further enrich the training experience of our residents.

  • There is ample opportunity for clinical research including a one-year funded Oxford University research position after completion of the PGY2 year.    
  • The General Surgery Simulation Curriculum supplements the clinical and technical education of residents across all PGY levels.  The broad curriculum includes hand sewn bowel anastomosis, stapled bowel anastomosis, vascular anastomosis, floor emergencies, laparoscopic skills, and much more. 
  • A certified FLS testing center and home to one of the only FES testing centers in the New York area. 
  • The Biannual Mock Oral Exam and Brooklyn Regional Mock Oral exam sets our residents up for success to pass the American Board of Surgery Certifying exam.
  • The Maimonides resident meritocracy is a healthy competition where at the start of each academic year the residents are sorted into five teams, each led by one of our chief residents. Throughout the year residents earn points by participating in academic activities, winning our quarterly surgical jeopardy, or submitting OR evaluations through our web-based learning system, Firefly.
  • We strive to optimize academic research performance for each resident by providing the infrastructure, mentors, research interest groups, and monthly research meetings.

PGY-1

In the 1st year, residents are exposed to the fundamentals of clinical surgery, including pre- and post-operative principles and  1  course dedicated to basic core surgical knowledge, a strong emphasis is placed on general surgery. The PGY-1 resident is the patient’s primary physician and assumes responsibility for the patient’s hospitalization and clinical contact. All PGY-1 residents are under the supervision of the senior resident staff and faculty. The resident scrubs as a 2nd assistant on major operative cases and 1st-assists on appropriate cases. When the resident has achieved clinical competency for his or her level, the opportunity to perform appropriate procedures under supervision is provided. Experience with subspecialties, including vascular and thoracic surgery, round out the education during the PGY-1 year.

PGY-2

The PGY-2 resident experience differs from the 1st year in that additional responsibility is given to the resident along with an increased operative load and exposure to even more subspecialties. The PGY-2 resident is a central member of the general surgical team and is increasingly responsible for consultations, emergency admissions, and assisting in the supervision of students and PGY-1 residents. An emphasis is placed on general surgery with the remainder of the year assigned to the surgical intensive care unit, vascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, GI/endoscopy, acute care surgery team, and trauma service at Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center.

PGY-3

The PGY-3 curriculum aims to expand overall operative experience in general surgery and surgical subspecialties, as well as exposure to other multi-disciplinary fields that work in collaboration with surgery. The resident is a senior member of the general surgical team and functions with increased independence in patient management. Subspecialty rotations include transplant surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital and pediatric surgery.

PGY-4

The 4th post-graduate year provides residents with the opportunity to run a service and assume complete responsibility for all activities of that service. This experience ensures intensive exposure to general and trauma surgery. Residents spend  2  months at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Residents are responsible for patient management decisions and the supervision of all surgical house staff at the institution.

PGY-5

The final year of the program is designed to complete the resident’s training in general surgery with an emphasis on operative surgery, mastery of all basic surgery skills, and assuming the role of an educator. Chief residents lead the core general surgery teams at Maimonides Medical Center. As leaders among their peers, the chief residents lead discussions during weekly conferences and help shape the evolving educational curriculum.

The mock oral exam

A biannual exam for PGY-3-5 years replicates the certifying board exam with video and written feedback. We feel that having to critically think through complex surgical problems and defend answers in a safe testing environment is a critical component in preparation for successfully passing the certifying board exam.

The dedicated lecture hours have been nothing short of phenomenal. From the resident-led lectures to the tumor board and morbidity and mortality conferences, the education not only provides us with high-yield information for the ABSITE, it allows us to understand the indications for the procedures we perform and allows us to give the best possible care to all of our patients.

Maimonides is a great place to learn. There is a huge volume and variety of cases, and compassionate, knowledgeable attendings who are dedicated to teaching. Without a doubt, training here will make you an outstanding surgeon, and will prepare you for anything you see in practice. I benefitted immensely from doing a program-funded research year which was an incredible experience. I ranked MMC first and would do it again!

I chose Maimonides because it's the perfect mix between a community and academic hospital. We have extraordinary attendings, who are incredible teachers and mentors that are helping me become the best surgeon I can be. Because of our high volume of general and specialized cases, residents are perfectly comfortable going straight into general surgery practice or into a number of prestigious fellowships.

I chose Maimonides to join a group of compassionate and resilient residents, and to learn from distinguished core faculty who value resident education and patient care. From my first day of intern year it was apparent that my mentors would make my success, and the success of my co-residents, a genuine priority.

How To Apply

  • WE REQUIRE (3) LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION AS WELL AS STEP I and STEP II (before considering your application)
  • WE PREFER A SCORE OF AT LEAST 240 IN STEP ONE AND TWO ON FIRST ATTEMPT.
  • WE DO SPONSOR HIB, JI VISA IF NECESSARY- WE REQUIRE YOUR STEP III BE TAKEN BY MATCH DATE TO ENSURE AN H1B VISA BE ISSUED IN TIME FOR A JULY 1ST START DATE.
  • NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY IN THE U.S. OR ELSEWHERE.
  • WE PRESENTLY HAVE FOREIGN MEDICAL GRADUATES IN THE PROGRAM (PRELIMINARY, AND CATEGORICAL). PERCENTAGES ARE NOT AVAILABLE.
  • Eligible candidates must submit their application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) PORTAL. THE LAST DAY APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED THROUGH ERAS IS NOVEMBER 15TH IF NECESSARY. WE WILL STOP REVIEWING APPLICATIONS ONCE OUR QUOTA HAS BEEN FILLED.
  • WE HAVE 5 CATEGORICAL POSITIONS, 3 PRELIMINARY POSITIONS AND ONLY CATEGORICALS ARE OFFERED A RESEARCH YEAR.
  • YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE ECFMG CERTIFIED BY THE TIME OF INTERVIEW.
  • CANDIDATES WITH THE LASTEST GRADUATION DATES WILL BE CONSIDERED FIRST.

The future of medical care is you

Our Medical Education program strives to provide an outstanding educational experience in an environment that assures a balance between academic and clinical activities. We take great pride in educating the next generation of expert medical practitioners.

For more information on the General Surgery Residency Program, please contact Seema Chauhan, Residency Coordinator, at (718) 283-7683.

Apply to the General Surgery Residency Program today!

General Surgery Residency: Our Physicians

Harry Adler, MD

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Shahabuddin Ahmad, MD

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Leonid Chernobelsky, MD

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Mohammad Hamshow, MD, MRCS

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Joel H. Horovitz, MD

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Ronald N. Kaleya, MD

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Lynn S. Model, MD, MS

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Krishan Patel, MD

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Mehr Qureshi, MD

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Amit Y. Schwartz, MD, FAANS, FACOS

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Danny A. Sherwinter, MD

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Ronald Simon, MD

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Ajit Singh, DO

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Supoj Tanchajja, MD

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Sergey Terushkin, MD, FACS

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Aaron M. Winnick, MD

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