Impact of integrated programs on general surgery operative volume

Published:December 27, 2016DOI:



      Integrated residencies are now commonplace, co-existing with categorical general surgery residencies. The purpose of this study was to define the impact of integrated programs on categorical general surgery operative volume.


      Case logs from categorical general, integrated plastics, vascular, and thoracic surgery residents from a single institution from 2008 to 2016 were collected and analyzed.


      Integrated residents have increased the number of cases they perform that would have previously been general surgery resident cases from 11 in 2009–2010 to 1392 in 2015–2016. Despite this, there was no detrimental effect on total major cases of graduating chief residents.


      Multiple integrated programs can co-exist with a general surgery program through careful collaboration and thoughtful consideration to longitudinal needs of individual trainees. As additional programs continue to be created, both integrated and categorical program directors must continue to collaborate to insure the integrity of training for all residents.


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