University of Hawaii General Surgery Residency Program

Curriculum Goals

At the end of five years of training in the program, a resident should:

  • Manage surgical disorders, based on a thorough knowledge of basic and clinical science;
  • Demonstrate appropriate skill in those surgical techniques required of a qualified surgeon;
  • Demonstrate the use of critical thinking when making decisions affecting the life of a patient
  • Make sound, ethical and legal judgments appropriate for a qualified surgeon;
  • Collaborate effectively with colleagues and other health professionals;
  • Teach and share knowledge with colleagues, residents, students, and other health care providers;
  • Teach patients and their families about the patients' needs;
  • Demonstrate acceptance of the value of life-long learning as a necessary prerequisite to maintaining surgical knowledge and skill;
  • Demonstrate a commitment of scholarly pursuits through the conduct and evaluation of research;
  • Develop leadership, communication and administrative skills;
  • Provide cost-effective care to surgical patients and families within the community; and
  • Respect the needs of patients and their families, and provide surgical care in accordance with those needs.

2017-2018 Curriculum Guide

This document includes comprehensive information about the residency program including competency-based curriculum guides for each training experience. This online Curriculum Guide is not the FULL VERSION. Current residents have access to the full Curriculum Guide and the Resident Handbook via New Innovations.


The following are general guidelines; other subspecialty rotations can be substituted based on interest and/or availability.

  • PGY-I
    includes nine months of general surgery, three months of trauma, SICU and/or electives.
  • PGY-II
    includes six months of trauma/SICU, four months of general surgery, and electives in anesthesia, plastic surgery, or urology.
    includes six months of general surgery, three months of trauma, two months of pediatric surgery and one month of ultrasound.
  • PGY-IV
    includes five months of general surgery either assisting the chief or as senior resident, three months of vascular surgery, two months of endoscopy, and two months of rural surgery.
  • PGY-V
    includes twelve months of general surgery as chief resident; working time is divided between two hospitals (Queen's and Kuakini).
  • All residents are required to teach medical students and fellow residents. The chief or senior resident at each hospital is responsible for assuring that students and house staff receive adequate instruction in patient care and clinical skills.


Research is considered an integral part of the program and is expected of all residents. Some individuals spend a year away from clinical duties (which must be made up) to pursue a specific project. Most residents pursue some sort of clinical research resulting in published papers by the end of their five years.

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