American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Medical University of South Carolina

Charleston, SC

Number of Positions Offered: 1

Contact Information

Mastery in General Surgery Program Chief

Rana Pullatt, MD, MS, MRCS, FACS
pullattr@musc.edu

Additional Information

MUSC Ashley River Tower
25 Courtenay Drive
Charleston, SC 29425
Phone: 843-876-4266
Fax: 843-876-4878

Please direct applications to
Administrative contact - Sue Wetherholt
wethersf@musc.edu

Medical University of South Carolina
Department of Surgery
96 Jonathan Lucas Street
MSC 613/CSB 4TH floor
Charleston, SC 29425-6130
Fax: 843-792-4523

Website

http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/musc/

Program Highlights

During the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Mastery in General Surgery Program, time will be divided between the Ralph Johnson Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), MUSC, and McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, SC.

Transition to practice will be accomplished by mentorship and graduated responsibility during the course of the year. The expectation is that the Junior Associate utilizes the resources available during the year to gain confidence and to fill gaps in training. The goal of the program would be to make the Junior Associate confident in his skill set and decision making which would result in finding his ideal job. Rotations will include gaining significant experience in minimally invasive surgery, bariatric surgery, and robotic surgery, which are a significant parts of the practice.

Program Description

The Junior Associate’s time will be divided into three blocks. The first four months will be spent at the Ralph Johnson VAMC/MUSC. The next six months will be spent at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, SC. The Junior Associate will return to MUSC/Ralph Johnson VAMC for the final two months of the rotation. The final two months will be spent in gaining proficiency in robotic surgery, and the Junior Associate will be issued a robotic surgery completion certificate after successful completion of the requisite lab, console training and clinical cases.

Every Wednesday while serving in the VAMC rotation the Junior Associate will have the opportunity to participate in two bariatric surgery cases. The Junior Associate will participate in elective preoperative patient evaluations, operative procedures, postoperative care, and emergency procedures on call. Every other day will be spent in the operating room, gaining experience in surgical management.

On Monday afternoons and Friday mornings the Junior Associate will participate in General Surgery clinic at the VAMC. The Junior Associate will also run the minor procedure clinic on Friday afternoons with an intern. The Junior Associate will participate in morning rounds with the general surgery residents. The Junior Associate will work closely with the six attending surgeons who work at the VAMC and will participate in the call schedule in the VAMC at the level of a junior attending. Participation in Transplant Surgery Donor runs will be incorporated during a month of the rotation. A breast surgery rotation will be incorporated during the rotation. The Junior Associate will participate in clinics at McLeod Regional Medical Center as well. The Junior Associate will participate in the call schedule with other surgeons in the group and will pick up patients while on call and manage these patients surgically as required. One week of the rotation will be spent with the billing coordinator for the group to learn billing and coding.

Clinical conferences, seminars, journal clubs, and one-on-one instruction are all an integral part of MUSC’s Mastery in General Surgery Program. Among these, the Junior Associate will participate in dedicated VAMC educational conferences, Grand Rounds, Morbidity and Mortality conferences, senior basic science educational conferences, and named lectureships by national surgical leaders.

Senior Associates

Mark Lockett, MD, FACS
Joseph Pearson, Jr., MD, FACS