Residency Curriculum

The schedule below represents a potential 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, Deer Valley and Scottsdale Osborn medical centers. Pediatric, Burn and Transplant rotations are offsite. At completion of the program, trainees enter practice with the skills and knowledge needed for comprehensive surgical experience.

1st Year Rotations Duration Location
General Surgery 4 months HonorHealth John C. Lincoln and Deer Valley Medical Centers
Orthopedic Surgery/Anesthesia 1 month HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center
Pediatric Surgery 1 month Phoenix Children's Hospital
Surgical ICU 1 months HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center
Trauma 2 months HonorHealth John C. Lincoln and Deer Valley Medical Centers
Night Float 2 months HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center
Vascular Surgery 1 month HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center

Required rotations by training year (PDF)

Call Schedule

The fifth-year chief residents serve as leaders in the program.  Included in their responsibilities is creating the program’s monthly 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 experience, the General Surgery Residency Program includes protected time for weekly M&M, Basic Science Pathophysiology lectures, and simulation. Additional program didactics include Grand Rounds, Trauma Research meeting, Trauma Improvement Committee Meeting, and Journal Club.

Fundamentals of Surgical Skills Lab:

  • Comprehensive surgical techniques are taught in the intern year (as appropriate for level of training)
  • Laparoscopic fundamentals with laparoscopic trainers
  • Robotic console simulator in sim lab and robotic operative trainer in the OR (Robotic curriculum required)
  • Access to EGD and colonoscopy simulators to practice before certification for FES
  • FLS, FES, and DaVinci robotic preparation for certification
  • PGY 3s and 4s transition into self-guided simulation practice geared toward preparing for FLS and FES certifications, as well as preparing for robotic cases
  • ASSET (Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma): Senior residents will have the opportunity to attend the ASSET course