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

University of Louisville School of Medicine

Louisville, KY

Number of Positions Offered: 1

Contact Information

Mastery in General Surgery Program Chief

J. David Richardson, MD, FACS

Additional Information

University of Louisville School of Medicine
550 S. Jackson Street, 2nd Floor, ACB
Louisville, KY
Fax: 502-852-8915

Administrative Contact: Sharlene Dillander,; 502-852-5452


Program Highlights

Junior Associates will have experience both in Campbellsville, KY, as well as Louisville, KY.

In Campbellsville, five surgeons have active practices where the Junior Associate will see patients in the office and scrub with attending surgeons. A wide variety of cases are performed by this group including gynecological, endoscopic, and some bronchoscopy. This initial experience will last six months.

In Louisville, the experiences will be primarily elective and are meant to fill gaps in Junior Associate knowledge or experience which the Junior Associate may need. It is anticipated that in the last two to three months of the experience, if the Junior Associate has progressed satisfactorily in terms of confidence, that they will act as an attending surgeon taking call (with backup as needed) on an acute care general surgical service which does a variety of both emergency and elective cases.

Program Description

The initial experience will be at the Taylor Regional Hospital in Campbellsville, KY, lasting a minimum of six months, with the flexibility to extend time as needed. This site has integrated two associates within their practice within the past several years. It is anticipated that for the first one to two months, the Junior Associate will see patients in the office and will scrub with the attending surgeons. This particular surgical group does about 500 cases per month with about 40 percent of those being gynecological, endoscopic, and some bronchoscopy. It is a very robust general surgical practice with a variety of cases being offered. Cases performed in significant numbers include a wide variety of intra-abdominal procedures including laparoscopic cholecystectomy with route intraoperative cholangiography, laparoscopic and open colectomies, laparoscopic and open anti-influx procedures, and a variety of other cases. They have an extensive breast and thyroid practice as well. One of the five members also has fairly extensive cardiothoracic practice and does open thoracotomies as well an occasional VATS and a number of bronchoscopies. Another surgeon is the Trauma Program Director for a Level 3 Trauma Center, so exposure to that experience will also occur.

Additionally, there are opportunities to scrub and participate in care that may be useful to a broader-based surgeon in a more rural practice. These opportunities include caesarian sections, orthopedics, urologic, and ENT procedures as well. These opportunities are available, but will not necessarily be a part of the core curriculum. If a Junior Associate contemplates a broad-based practice (such as a rural practice) where such skills will be needed, those opportunities will be available. At the University of Louisville, it is anticipated that various electives will be available which would augment the Junior Associate’s ability to fill in gaps that may be existing after the Campbellsville experience. Examples of such rotations might include colorectal surgery, and office anal-rectal practice. Given the number of teaching hospitals that are available there would be various opportunities for elective situations that would not be competitive with general surgical residents depending on the Junior Associate’s needs.

Senior Associate

Eugene Shively, MD, FACS