VCU General Surgery Residency Program
Chief Resident in Quality and Safety
The National Center for Patient Safety sponsors a one year program for residents across the country in various specialties to focus on patient quality and safety as well as quality improvement at their local VA. This year long program involves over 80 residents at over 50 VA centers that participate in regular large group didactics focused on teaching principles of quality and safety, as well as small group sessions that focus on conducting a quality improvement project to improve the safety of healthcare at each CRQS’s local facility. At the end of this program, residents are equipped to conduct root cause analysis of patient safety events, design and conduct a quality improvement project, and teach others about the importance of patient safety and high reliability organizations.
VA 3D Printing Fellowship:
Our residents have the opportunity to complete a two year 3D printing fellowship at our VA facility under the guidance of Dr Michael Amendola. During this fellowship residents learn the intricacies of 3D printing and its applicability to modern healthcare and surgery.
Basic Science Opportunities:
Residents have the opportunity to spend approximately 2 years in basic science research labs in Richmond. Here they may conduct research in trauma resuscitation, surgical oncology, transplant, or cardiac surgery as well as other fields across the medical center. Descriptions of labs can be found here.
External Research Opportunities:
Residents may also elect to leave Richmond for their research time.
Moonlighting is encouraged during the lab time. Multiple moonlighting opportunities exist for research residents both at our downtown location and at our associated VA for residents on dedicated research time.