Residency Training Program


I.    General Objectives

The Residency Training Program of the Department of Surgery of the Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center is primarily geared towards the productions of General Surgeons equipped with sound scientific surgical  judgment, excellent technical skill as both in rural and urban settings, morally upright principles, and humane and ethical attitudes.

II. Specific Objectives

To be able to make a logical and reasonable surgical diagnosis; confirm this with the appropriate laboratory and / or ancillary procedures, and manage the condition/s or problems adequately.
2.    To make rational; decision in cases which require immediate surgical intervention.
3.    To perform/ assist minor and major surgical operations
4.    To recognizes cases that should be referred to other specialties
5.    To act as a medico-legal officer and expert witness in judicial proceedings.
6.    To behave at all times in a manner consistent with accepted moral and ethical principles
7.    To conduct scientific studies and research on relevant topics.
8.    To qualify as a Diplomate of the Philippine Board of Surgery and as a Fellow of the Philippine College of Surgeons.
9.    To qualify as a Medical Specialist of the Department of Health


III. The Program Structure

    The General Surgery Residency is an intensive five-year program based on a modified pyramidal system of promotion and graduation.
    Currently, the program has a total of (16) residents categorized as follows:

First Year Residents

(5) five maximum (with only 4 being promoted)

Second Year Residents

(3) three

Third Year Residents

(3) three

Fourth Year Residents

(3) three

Fifth Year Residents

(2) two

    Among the fifth year residents, one is chosen on the basis of previous performance and leadership potential and appointed as the Chief Surgical Resident. The Chief Surgical Residents has the distinct privilege to operate on any service patient in any section/ subspecialty service he may choose. He carries out both administrative and supervisory over the rest of the resident staff.

    The whole course of residency training involves rotations in the following services:

       General Surgery

       Specialty surgery 

    Rotations in General Surgery include assignments in the emergency room, wards, and outpatient clinic. Special arrangement in the schedule of rotations are made depending on the needs of the service and the intent of the residents trainees, especially those who intend to pursue training in subspecialty fields.

    Rotation in Specialty surgery include:

Pediatric Surgery

3 months

Orthopedics, TCVS, Urology, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, ENT, and Neurosurgery

2-3 months

Radiology, ICU & Endoscopy

4 months

Trauma (MCGH-PCGH Consortium)

4-6 months

    Residents are taught not only technical proficiency, but also given maximum exposure to academics through library facilities, compulsory attendance in departmental scientific conferences, optional attendance in the scientific activities of other departments, and opportunities for research work. As part of the program, each resident is required to write at least one scientific research paper during each year of his training.

    During his training period, he is expected to behave and act at all times in accordance with accepted moral and ethical principles, violation of which is a ground for disciplinary actions, non-reappointment or termination.

    After finishing the five-year General Surgery residency program, the resident is given a certificate of completion. Completion of the training program qualities the resident to apply as a Diplomate of the Philippine Board of Surgery, and as a Fellow of the Philippine Society of General Surgeons Inc. and Philippine College of Surgeons, subject to the prerequisites and requirements by said specialty organizations.

IV. Requirements for Admission

1.    Duly accomplished application form together with the credentials required by the Chinese General Hospital, Department of Medical Education.
2.    Certificate of completion of post-graduate internship.
3.    Photocopy of the National Medical Board rating
4.    Satisfactory grade obtained in the written examination given by the Residency Training Committee.
5.    Satisfactory rating in the interview given by the Residency Admissions Committee of the Department.
6.    Certificate of good moral character.