Greetings from Dr. Keith Delman
Emory's education program values a strong balance between mentored learning and supervised independence. We recognize that residents are trained physicians whose primary responsibility is to mature into skilled surgeons through clinical experience and directed learning.
Given Emory's geographic location and the fact that there are no other major academic medical centers in the surrounding area, Emory and its affiliates have the distinct privilege of being a referral center for some of the most complex patients in the country. Residents also benefit from exposure to the diversity of Atlanta's population by rotating through seven different clinical sites, all within minutes of one another. Time is spent at Children's Hospital of Atlanta, the largest pediatric healthcare system in the nation; Grady Memorial Hospital, one of the busiest trauma centers and public hospitals in the country; the Atlanta VA Medical center; Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, one of the few hospitals in the world to receive Magnet Recognition for Nursing Excellence; and of course, both of Emory University's campuses. In addition, there are rotations at Piedmont Hospital, a community hospital where volunteer faculty initiate residents into the routines of private practice general and vascular surgery.
The Department of Surgery is composed of world-renowned faculty that are approachable, supportive, and view resident education as a primary focus of their endeavors. We have leveraged the strength of our faculty and the multitude of clinical sites to ensure that our residents continue to have a broad experience in routine, complex, and subspecialty surgical cases. We recognize and embrace the importance of technology and simulation and integrate this into our curriculum. In recent years we have expanded the clinical rotations to include elective opportunities in the PGY 3, 4, and 5 years, offering opportunities for residents to add to their standard experience in areas such as plastic surgery, cardiac surgery, pediatric surgery, minimally invasive surgery, and transplantation.
While not mandatory, an advanced degree or traditional benchtop research is available to any interested resident. Active labs are maintained in composite tissue allograft (hand transplantation), critical care medicine, immunology and transplantation, surgical oncology, vascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, diabetes, and pediatric surgery. Residents are encouraged to stay at Emory, but are also allowed to select a research program at any lab in the country. Clinical research such as outcomes analysis and clinical investigation in surgical oncology is also available. In recent years, residents have pursued advanced degrees in public health, combined MPH/MBAs, and masters in clinical research. Research is funded by the Elkin Fellowship, named after our founding chairman, and by departmental T32s and other funding sources. The collaborative research efforts of the residents, PhDs, post docs and their mentors have contributed to the Emory Department of Surgery consistently placing in the upper ranks of departments of surgery nationwide in annual NIH funding since 2008. According to ranking tables of annual NIH funding posted online by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, Emory Surgery placed 8th in NIH awards in 2016.
As a result of these broad opportunities and experiences in both the clinical and research realm, Emory residents graduate with an outstanding reputation from one of the most well-respected training programs in the country. Our residents continue to obtain the most prestigious fellowships available, in recent years going to MD Anderson, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, the Moffitt Cancer Center, Vanderbilt University, University of Florida and New York Hospital, amongst others. Of course, many choose to stay at Emory for several of the prestigious fellowships available here while others choose traditional, private practice opportunities.
We believe that Emory is the finest training program in the country with the most comprehensive clinical exposure of any surgical department in the nation. We recognize that each trainee is an individual and believe that the variety and breadth of clinical, research, and other educational programs available at Emory allows residents to tailor their own education in order to optimize their Emory experience.
Keith A. Delman, MD
Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine