General Surgery Curriculum

OPTI affiliation

Henry Ford Macomb Hospital participates in the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSU COM) Statewide Campus System (SCS), the Michigan OPTI.


HFMH General Surgery Residency Program will use the SCORE system, which includes the on-line use of surgical textbooks, videos, animation, anatomy and board review activities.  The HFMH General Surgery Program Director will be able to track, assess and develop reports on the residents' progress in working through the developed curriculum rotations.  Residents and Program Directors are able to use the program from any computer with internet access. 

We have a variety of regularly scheduled weekly education conferences that include journal club, board review using SCORE system, angio rounds, Morbidity and Mortality, and CME lectures by guest lecturers and weekly medical student lecture presentations/ suture clinics or skills labs.

The Program requires that each resident obtain competence in the seven AOA competencies to the level expected of a new practitioner.  The Institutional Core Competencies Plan (ICCP) specifies the teaching methods and evaluation system in place for each. Surgical skills will be assessed through weekly skills labs culminating in FLS certification by the end of the 3rd year of residency.

Reading List: A list of books representing minimal core knowledge of surgery has been established. Students applying for a residency in General Surgery are expected to have completed a standard surgical text prior to starting his/her residency. This would appear to be the minimum knowledge, which would allow him/her to be of assistance to the surgical patient and attending staff.  Additional reading from the "list" is encouraged throughout the program. Obligatory reading is regularly assigned to the Resident. Use of the interactive learning center is also encouraged. Journal articles are recommended and referred throughout the program.

First year resident

  • Cameron; Current Surgical Therapy
  • Fitzgibbons; Nyhus and Condon's Hernia
  • Greenfield et al; Surgery, Scientific Practice & Principles
  • Maingot; Maingot's Abdominal Operations
  • Miller; Millers Anesthesia
  • Pertzmanetal; The Trauma Manual
  • Schwartz; Principles of Surgery
  • Thorek; Anatomy in Surgery
  • Townsend; Sabiston Textbook of Surgery
  • Zuidema; Shackelford's Surgery of the Alimentary Tract

Second year resident

  • ACS Surgery; Principles and Practice
  • Bland; The Breast
  • Blumgart; Surgery of the Liver and Biliary Tract
  • Harris; Diseases of the Breast
  • Kirkpatrick; The Acute Abdomen
  • Shields; General Thoracic Surgery
  • Telinde; Operative Gynecology
  • Trede; Surgery of the Pancreas
  • Werner & Ingbar; The Thyroid
  • Williams; Textbook of Endocrinology

Third year resident

  • Moore; Trauma
  • Rosai; Rosai & Ackermans Surgical Pathology
  • Wells, Kyle, Dunphy; Scientific Foundations in Surgery
  • Major Journals such as Journal of Surgery; Surgery; New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, etc.

Fourth year resident

  • Corman; Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Gordon; Principles and Practice of Surgery for the Colon, Rectum, & Anus
  • Major Journals

Fifth year resident

  • Text and Journals as noted above

Recommended journals:

  • American Journal of Surgery
  • American Surgeon
  • Annals of Surgery
  • Archives in Surgery
  • Cancer
  • Current Problems in Surgery
  • Diseases of the Colon & Rectum
  • Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
  • Gastroenterology
  • Journal of the ACS
  • Journal of Thoracic & Vascular Surgery
  • Journal of Trauma
  • Surgical Clinics of North America