The schedule below represents a typical first-year rotation in the HonorHealth General Surgery Residency Program. Upper-level residents have more flexibility about which electives they can choose.


Most rotations are at HonorHealth John C. Lincoln and Deer Valley medical centers. Pediatric, Burn and Transplant rotations are offsite. At completion of the program, you'll be fully prepared to enter practice with a comprehensive range of solid surgical experience.

1st Year Rotations Duration Location
General surgery 5 months HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center and Deer Valley Medical Center
Orthopedic surgery 1 month HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center
Pediatric surgery 1 month Phoenix Children's Hospital
Plastic surgery 1 month HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center
Surgical ICU 2 months HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center
Trauma 2 months HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center

Required rotations by training year (PDF).

Call Schedule

We have the advantage of putting together our own call schedule. Interns and junior residents take call every third or fourth day. Senior residents take call every third to fifth day depending on the call pool.

Protected Education Time and Conferences

With a commitment to a well-rounded program of hands-on and educational experience, the General Surgery Residency Program includes protected education time for weekly M&M, Basic Science Pathophysiology lectures, and protected simulation time. We also offer monthly programs including Grand Rounds, Trauma Research meeting, Trauma Improvement Committee Meeting, and Journal Club.

Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Skills and Skills Lab:

  • Attending surgeons and senior residents teach you proper surgical technique each week
  • You will be taught surgical techniques starting in the intern year
  • Laparoscopic fundamentals with 4 laparoscopic trainers
  • DaVinci console in simulation lab as well as operative console kept in the hospital with activities to log
  • Access to Banner University Medical Center’s EGD and colonoscopy simulators to practice before certification for FES
  • Preparation for FLS, FES, and DaVinci robotic certification upon graduation
  • PGY 1-2s have simulation and training modules to complete and have access to the FLS and DaVinci simulators, but are required to work around senior resident schedules
  • PGY 3-4s transition into self-guided simulation practice geared toward preparing for FLS and FES certifications, as well as preparing for robotic cases