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UC San Diego Courses

Students, surgical residents and practitioners get hands-on experience using teaching facilities equipped with the latest surgical, robotic, laparoscopic and microscopic technologies. Students and practitioners train in the microsurgery laboratory for instruction in operating on the body's tiniest nerves and blood vessels.

Medical Students

  • Introduction to surgery
  • Use of surgical lights, booms, imaging
  • Suturing
  • Endoscopes
  • MIS equipment

Surgical Residents

  • Use of surgical equipment and instruments
  • Laparoscopic techniques
  • Introduction to robotics
    • General Surgery 
    • Colorectal Surgery
    • Urology 
    • Surgical Oncology
    • Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery
    • Other new techniques and technologies

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UCSD residents and faculty may view our full event schedule by requesting link access from their Department Chair/Division Chief or the CFS Educational Programs Manager: newing@health.ucsd.edu

General Surgery Resident Curriculum

The goal of the UC San Diego General Surgery residency curriculum is to provide a challenging and engaging experience. Resident labs are typically held on a weekly basis, each with a different area of focus, and are overseen by Drs. Santiago Horgan, Garth Jacobsen, Bryan Sandler, and Ryan Broderick.

All courses are located at the Center for the Future of Surgery unless noted otherwise. 

Surgical Residency Curriculum
Date Time Event PGY
​Oct 18, 2023 ​10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Robotic Hernia and Abdominal Wall ​3
​Oct 25, 2023 ​No lab - ACS Clinical Congress
​Nov 1, 2023 ​10 a.m. - 1 p.m. ​Vascular/Bleeding control lab ​4
Nov 8, 2023 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Vascular/Bleeding control lab 3
Nov 15, 2023 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Hernia and Abdominal Wall 2
Nov 22, 2023 Break - Thanksgiving
Nov 29, 2023 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Bowel handling/anastomosis

2
Dec 6, 2023 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Bowel handling/anastomosis (OSATS) 3
Dec 13, 2023 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. MIS Fellows Lab MIS Fellows + Chief Residents
Dec 13, 2023 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Endoscopic tools and techniques 3
Dec 20, 2023 Break - Holiday week
Dec 27, 2023 Break - Holiday week
Jan 3, 2024 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Robotic Surgery 3
Jan 10, 2024 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Robotic Surgery 1
Jan 17, 2024 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Robotic Surgery 4
Jan 24, 2024 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Robotic Surgery 2
Jan 31, 2024 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Robotic Surgery 2
Feb 7, 2024 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Robotic Surgery 4
Feb 14, 2024 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. MIS Fellows Lab MIS Fellows + Chief Residents
Feb 14, 2024 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Vascular/Bleeding control lab 3
Feb 21, 2024 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Foregut/Bariatric  3
Feb 28, 2024 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Foregut/Bariatric 2
Mar 6, 2024 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Joint Anesthesia (UCSD SimCenter) 2
Mar 13, 2024 10 a.m. - 1 p.m Joint Anesthesia (UCSD SimCenter) 3
Mar 20, 2024 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Joint Anesthesia (UCSD SimCenter) 4
Mar 27, 2024 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Vascular/Bleeding control lab 2
Apr 3, 2024 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Robotic Surgery 3
Apr 10, 2024 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Robotic - Foregut 3
Apr 17, 2024 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Vascular/Bleeding control lab 4
Apr 24, 2024 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Robotic Surgery 2
May 1, 2024 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. MIS Fellows Lab MIS Fellows + Chief Residents
May 1, 2024 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Joint Anesthesia 2
May 8, 2024 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Joint Anesthesia/Hernia 3
May 15, 2024 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Joint Anesthesia/Hernia 4
May 22, 2024 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Hemostasis/Trauma lab 3
May 29, 2024 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Endoscopic tools and techniques 1
Jun 5, 2024 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Hemostasis/Trauma lab 4
Jun 12, 2024 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Hemostasis/Trauma lab 2
Jun 19, 2024 Break - Graduation
Jun 26, 2024 Break - Graduation

Continuing Medical Education

  • Certification to teach the Fundamental Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) courses
  • Minimally invasive techniques using simulators
  • NOTES
  • Robotics

The UC San Diego School of Medicine, Continuing Medical Education office has been awarded Accreditation with Commendation by its accrediting body - a distinction earned by only a small percentage of providers nationwide. We offer a large range of services that are tailor-made to help you plan, fund and execute your next activity.

The Center for the Future of Surgery meets all accreditation standards for a level 1 American College of Surgeons Comprehensive Education Center.