General Surgery Residency Program

Unique & Comprehensive General Residency Training

The St. Anthony Hospital General Surgery Residency is a five-year ACGME accredited general surgery residency program.  Our program is committed to assuring excellence in surgical education through training and self-directed learning, patient care and advocacy, and leadership development. We seek to foster continuing personal growth and professional relationships.

The residency’s contribution to living the mission of Centura Health is realized through serving patients with traumatic injuries both in the hospital's Level I Trauma Center and in the clinic setting.

St. Anthony Hospital Shock Trauma Center treats patients from the Denver Metro area and across Colorado with expert physicians and nurses, specially trained trauma teams, advanced technology, a dedicated trauma operating room, and a partnership with EMS responders, providing the highest level of care.

Trauma Room 10 (T-10) at St. Anthony Hospital is Colorado’s first dedicated trauma-operating suite that enables seriously injured patients to go directly to surgery upon their arrival with EMS (including Flight For Life Colorado). The T-10 suite is fully equipped and ready at all times to accept seriously injured trauma patients who may need emergency surgery – including dedicated radiology, EKG, lab and other services. The new high-speed dedicated elevator provides even faster access.

St. Anthony Hospital is recognized internationally as an innovative leader in trauma system development, emergency transport, intensivist teamwork, sub-specialty intensive care unit operation, and physician-through-paramedic education. Its service to Colorado, the Rocky Mountain region, and the world now spans nearly four decades, confirming its place among the nation’s first sites for shock trauma care and creating a unique environment for the resident program.

Our trauma surgeons and in-house physicians and clinical staff play a vital role in teaching and consulting with the residents. Additionally, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCUMB) COMEC provide ongoing direction and support for the program.

For questions, contact us.

St. Anthony Hospital 
11600 W. 2nd Place 
Lakewood, CO 80228

Alexis Fojo, BA, Surgical Residency Program Coordinator

Phone: 720-321-0627  
Fax: 720-321-0601  
Email

  • Residency Application

    Residency program applications are accepted and reviewed through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applicants are encouraged to submit completed applications early when ERAS opens as they are reviewed by mid-September.

    Application requirements:

    1. Application
    2. Personal Statement
    3. Dean’s letter and three letters of recommendation submitted through ERAS. (Applications are considered incomplete until all documents are received).
    4. Medical School transcript
    5. USMLE/COMLEX scores
    6. As a general rule, we are unable to sponsor anyone requiring a visa.

    Strong preference will be given to applicants who are eligible to obtain full licensure in the state of Colorado at the end of the PGYI year in training. The Colorado Board of Medical Examiners requires one year of postgraduate US education for US and Canadian graduates and requires three years postgraduate US education for international graduates before licensure may be granted. If you have questions regarding Colorado licensure, contact the Board of Medical Examiners.

    Phone: 303-894-7690

    Interview Information: 

    • Applications are reviewed by mid-September. Applications received after September 15th will only be reviewed if a second round of application review is necessary.  Applications received after September 30th will not be reviewed.
    • Interviews are scheduled late October through early January
    • The interview process includes:
      • Formal meetings with the Program Director, Director of Medical Education, physician mentors, and clinical leaders
      • Informal meetings and campus tour with current residents
      • Sample Contract (for illustrative purposes only)

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    We do not offer audition rotations at this time. For further questions, email us.

  • Facility

    An Entire Campus Dedicated to Your Health

    The St. Anthony Medical Campus in Lakewood combines our heritage of expert care with the latest in technology and innovation. In addition to the hospital, our medical campus offers OrthoColorado Hospital - the only orthopedic specialty hospital in the region, plus, our two Medical Office Plazas where you'll find the St. Anthony Breast Center, Cancer Center, Senior Health Center and more.  As our campus continues to grow to meet the healthcare needs of the community it serves, a third Medical Office Plaza is under construction and anticipated to open in 2017.

    St. Anthony Hospital is a showcase of some of the most advanced technology and smart building features including:

    • Surgical suites - sophisticated boom systems integrate procedural equipment and imaging.
    • Private rooms - specialized patient lifting devices enhance safety and comfort, this is a place designed for extraordinary patient care.
    • Customized elevator - speeds trauma patients from the helipad to our unique T-10 field-to-surgery suite in just three seconds.
    • TechnoFloor TM slip-resistant surfaces - installed in patient rooms for easy cleaning and infection control.
    • TransVac system - automates the entire waste and recycle handling process and reduces infection risks and manual labor.
    • Interior paints, carpets and finishes - contain low volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

    St. Anthony Hospital is a full-service, acute care hospital with specialties including:

    • Cardiology Program and Rapid Response Heart Attack Care - St. Anthony Hospital is treating heart attacks 38 minutes faster than the national average and is recognized for several 2017 five-star recipient awards by Healthgrades.
    • Comprehensive Stroke Center - Our stroke program holds a Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and has earned the 2016 American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
    • Emergency Care and Level I Shock Trauma Center - We are equipped with a dedicated trauma room, T-10, which is the only surgical suite of its kind in Colorado. We also operate Flight for Life Colorado, providing emergency air transport throughout the Rocky Mountain Region.
    • Cancer and Oncology - St. Anthony Hospital has the only combined Novalis Tx TM and RapidArc TM radiotherapy technology in Denver or the Rocky Mountain region.
    • Breast Center – Nationally accredited breast center offering 3D Tomosynthesis, the latest in mammography technology.
    • Neurosurgery and Neurology Specialties through the Neurosciences Center - Our neuroscience program offers an exceptional degree of multidisciplinary collaboration from a medical team that includes expert doctors, radiologists, specially trained nurses and rehabilitation specialists along with the latest technology.
    • da Vinci® Minimally Invasive Surgery - allowing surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures such as prostatectomy, hysterectomy and more through very small incisions with unmatched precision.
    • Sleep Disorders Center - State-of-the-art sleep clinic and board certified sleep doctors to diagnose all types of sleep disorders including sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome and more.
    • St. Anthony Hospital Awards and Accreditations.
  • Program Goals

    The St. Anthony Hospital General Surgery residency program is committed to assuring excellence in osteopathic surgical education through training and self-directed learning, patient care and advocacy, and leadership development. We seek to foster continuing personal growth and professional relationships.

    The goals of the St Anthony Hospital General Surgery Residency Program sponsored by KCUMB are:

    • To provide residents with comprehensive structured cognitive and procedural clinical education in both inpatient and outpatient settings;
    • To provide training in all general surgery aspects that will enable them to become competent, proficient and professional surgeons upon completion from the training program;
    • Train surgeons who after having passed the qualifying and certifying examinations of Surgery, will remain lifelong learners, teachers and leaders in a constantly changing environment.

    The program will provide each resident with a sufficient scope, volume and variety of clinical experiences in general surgery:

    • Each Resident in the program will document by program completion, participation, under appropriate supervision, a minimum of 850 major surgical procedures, as surgeon or first assistant.
    • During the chief year, at least 200 major surgical procedures of appropriate scope and variety with senior responsibility must be documented and 25 teaching assistant cases.
    • During each year of the program, progression of surgical responsibility should be demonstrated including an adequate scope, volume, and variety of surgical experience.

    The program provides clinical learning and experience in the pre-operative, peri-operative and post-operative learning and surgical experience for patients with all diseases which fall within the scope of practice of general surgery.

    In addition, the program will provide educational requirements such as textbooks and literature representing minimal core knowledge of surgery, annually required scholarly activities for which the program will provide direction, support and education (study design techniques, research methods, literature, library access, etc.) and attendance to key committees and team meetings to further the Residents’ knowledge and understanding of the medical centers’ patient-centered activities, procedures and processes and the physicians’ role.

    Evaluations, being an essential key to any high quality training program, will be used frequently and by many members of the residency program team to provide assessment, feedback and opportunities for improvement.

  • Curriculum

    Our program is accredited with the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Our curriculum reflects the ACGME and the American Board of Surgery (ABS) requirements.

    As described by ACGME, we expect our graduating residents to be competent in six areas:

    • Patient care and procedural skills
    • Medical knowledge
    • Professionalism
    • Communication
    • Practice-based learning
    • Systems-based practice

    It is necessary to master knowledge specific to diseases and operations when caring for the surgical patient. However, knowledge of systems and conditions that affect the body as a whole, such as sepsis or coagulopathy, must also be learned. Our program encourages the Resident to care for the whole patient not just the surgical issue.

    Rotation
    The Resident will be assigned to a service/specialty for one month. Duty hours will vary based on the preceptors’ schedule, surgery schedule and other factors. Residents will also be expected to attend conferences and committee meetings as mentioned in the Conferences section

    View an EXAMPLE of a block schedule for the program.

    Duty Hours
    Each resident in the program will document by program completion, participation, under appropriate supervision, a minimum of 850 major surgical procedures, as surgeon or first assistant. Of these 850 procedures, each resident should average 170 cases per year.

    Resident work hours are in compliance with the guidelines established by ACGME and will be limited to 80 hours per week averaged over a 4-week period, inclusive of in-house night call and any allowed moonlighting. Residents will be provided with 1 in 7 days free from all educational and clinical responsibilities- averaged over a 4-week period and shall have no call responsibility during the time. When vacation time is taken, it will be averaged over a 3-week period. Residents shall not work in excess of 24 consecutive hours with an additional 4 hours allowed (PGY+) for transitions of patient care must occur for patient safety and resident education.

  • Conferences

    The Program provides regularly scheduled conferences and teaching opportunities at which each resident’s attendance is expected.

    Residents are encouraged to make every effort to attend as many conferences as possible. View conferences offered; other conferences and committees may be added as applicable.

    A general description of conferences follows: 

    • Weekly Didactic Sessions: Didactics cover the full spectrum of general surgery, including ortho-spine, neuro-vascular, cancer, brain tumor and surgery. Additionally, Residents are encouraged to attend (when possible) Ortho Trauma Conference, Tumor Board and the Lightening Data Conference (a quarterly conference which includes Colorado experts and reviews of lightening-strike cases and related data). Faculty and volunteer specialists provide weekly lectures year-round.
    • Trauma Morbidity and Mortality Conference: The goal of this conference is to review adverse events and learning points as well as review unique and interesting cases with Trauma Services. Cases are reviewed in a supportive environment identifying systems that could be improved, current treatment guidelines and potential learning opportunities.
    • General Surgery Peer Review
    • Trauma Clinic: Each resident is assigned, along with a faculty preceptor, to perform schedule procedures and/or follow-up exams on recently discharged trauma patients; one-on-one supervision with a member of the trauma team is provided.
  • Salary & Benefits

    Listed below are the salaries for 2017-2018

    Our residency program stays market competitive. A sample contract is available under Application Information. 

    • PGY1 - $52,237
    • PGY2 - $56,800
    • PGY3 - $58,800
    • PGY4 - $60,000
    • PGY5 - $62,400

    We care about your total well-being

    Our offerings reflect Centura Health’s Mission and Values as we continually evaluate organizational performance, processes and practices to ensure a stable, successful future and enduring legacy of care. Our affordable, industry-competitive benefits package (for benefit-eligible positions) is designed to address the diverse coverage needs of our associates and their families.

    The benefits we offer include:

    • Three Medical Plan Options
    • Wellness Programs
    • Dental Plan Options
    • Vision Plan
    • Flexible Spending Accounts
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
    • Basic Life Insurance
    • Supplemental Life Insurance
    • Spousal Life Insurance
    • Child Life Insurance
    • Paid Time Off
    • 401(k) Retirement Plan
    • Employee Assistance Program

    Retirement Planning/401(k)

    Centura Health is also proud to offer a 401(k) plan with a generous annual employer contribution and matching rate. When an eligible associate contributes six percent of their pay, they can earn up to six percent in employer contributions. Our financial partners also provide tools and education to help you plan and save for the future. 

    Wellness Resources, Education and Support

    As part of the Centura Health family, you’ll have access to Code You, our internal well-being program included as part of our benefits. Code You provides associates (and their spouses enrolled in a Centura Health Medical Plan) with health and well-being programs for emotional, behavioral and social support; resources for lifestyle improvement; opportunities for fun activities and challenges; wellness incentives to reduce Medical Plan premiums; preventive care and disease management. As a new hire, you have the option to receive a complimentary biometric screening during the pre-employment process. 

    Product and Service Discounts

    Our Associate Discount Program offers group rates on cell phone providers and insurance carriers to protect your home, auto, pets and more. Enjoy savings on local/national entertainment for the whole family, travel perks, resort/ski lift tickets, clothing, fine jewelry and electronics. 

    Vacation and Sick Leave

    Fifteen (15) days per year (No Saturdays or Sundays, and is not carried over into next year). Vacation days may not be taken on some rotations. No pay is given in lieu of unused vacation leave. 

    Five (5) days of sick leave are permitted per year and do not carry over into the next year; pay is not given in lieu of unused sick leave time. 

    Educational Leave

    Five (5) days paid educational leave can be used during the program for attending approved conferences for further education and/or to present research. 

    Meals

    Meals are provided through the physician lounge. Weekend and evening meals are provided through the hospital cafeteria. 

    Parking

    Free parking is provided for both the hospital and clinic.

  • Sponsoring Institution

    Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College (KCUMB)

    The Surgery Residency at St. Anthony Hospital is sponsored by the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College (KCUMB). KCUMB is a private university comprised of a College of Osteopathic Medicine, founded in 1916, and a College of Biosciences. Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College is the oldest medical school in Kansas City, Mo., and the largest in Missouri. 

    Centura Health 

    Centura Health formed in 1996 as a faith-based, non-profit health network designed to manage and strengthen its hospitals and services. Our collective Values reflect the holistic care and wellness approach of the Adventists, along with the Catholic tradition of caring for the underserved. Many of the hospitals within the Centura Health network have served their communities for well over 100 years. 

    Centura Health has been hosting residency training programs throughout the nation for many years and continues to Pioneer Health by connecting with and empowering people to make smarter decisions about their health and wellness. 

    The Surgery Residency Program's inaugural class began in July 2014. Our residents continue to enjoy a unique opportunity to collaborate with leadership to shape this new program. We value their feedback and rely on them to help facilitate their learning and professional experience.