Message from the Program Leadership

With all the terrific Surgery residencies available throughout the U.S. why should you look at our program at Tufts MC? What differentiates Tufts MC from other surgical programs?

Culture, programs/facilities, patient population, educational climate, training out- comes, and location are among the characteristics you will consider in choosing a program. We believe that Tufts MC Medical Center offers major strengths in each of these areas.

Collegiality characterizes the culture of the Department of Surgery at Tufts Medical Center. We are the smallest of the university-based residencies in Boston. Because of this, we are able to provide individual attention to each of our residents. You will never be just another cog in the machine at Tufts MC. Our size promotes closer working relationships between residents and faculty and among residents. Our non-hierar- chical approach to teamwork and training facilitates communications between resi- dents and faculty and improves the timeliness and quality of patient care and educa- tion. At Tufts MC, culture is not something we casually talk about, it is the core of who we are.

We have recently overhauled our resident selection process to make it more holistic. We are amongst the first surgical residency programs in the country and the first in New England to use SurgWise. This innovative platform creates customized struc- tured selection criteria as well as standardized interview questions and interview evaluation techniques. Through this system we hope to de-emphasize grades and board scores and re-emphasize character, motivation, and “fit” (competency and value alignment) for our program. If you pass our minimum application criteria, you will receive via email an assessment designed to evaluate alignment with our expec- tations and values. Those deemed the best potential matches for our program will be invited to interview. To ensure receipt of the assessment, please add admin@se- to your safe senders and contacts lists. We believe that use of the as- sessment and structured interview will allow us to select those candidates most like- ly to thrive in the Tufts Medical Center Surgery environment.

Despite our relatively small size, the Department of Surgery is home to many truly state of the art programs and facilities. We have the busiest heart transplant and ventricular assist device program in New England. We are a Level I Trauma Center for both adults and children. We have innovative oncology programs with one of the largest and best known peritoneal based malignancies program in the country. We have rapidly growing programs in robotic thoracic surgery, in oncoplastic surgery, and in other new and rapidly evolving areas. We have state of the art robotic and hybrid OR facilities. The Tufts MC Department of Surgery also oversees a state of the art animal lab. The Surgical and Interventional Research Lab (SIRL) is the home to cut- ting-edge device and technique development research featuring cooperative efforts among industry leaders and academicians.

At Tufts MC, we serve one of the most diverse patient populations in the country. Since our campus borders Chinatown, we serve many Asian patients. But since we are also in the middle of the city we see patients from Boston’s entire ethnic, racial, socioeconomic, and sexual orientation spectrum. Tufts Medical Center’s case mix index (a measure of the overall severity of illness of our patients) is the highest in the city, creating a training environment that is challenging and exciting.

Our resident educational curriculum has recently been revamped through resident- and faculty-led efforts. We have a robust weekly didactic schedule with an emphasis on case-based study, encouraging learner engagement and a “flipped classroom” approach. We also incorporate a wide variety of surgical simulation within the cur- riculum to encourage the development of surgical skills beyond the operating room. Finally, we emphasize true formative feedback for our residents, especially around surgical procedures. The small size of our program, emphasis on positive faculty- resident interactions, and formative feedback encourages frequent post-operative debriefings, providing a unique level of coaching and mentorship for our surgical res- idents.

We are proud of the accomplishments of our residents. Our 2021 graduating chiefs moved on to fellowships in breast oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in critical care, trauma, and acute care surgery at Wake Forest University, and in Plastic Surgery at The University of Illinois, Chicago. These fellowships are typical of those pursued by our graduates over the past 20 years

Finally Boston is one of the most exciting cities in the U.S.! Certainly Boston is a major hub for medicine and the biomedical sciences with three fine medical schools, multiple world-class hospitals, and unlimited research opportunities. The city!s diver- sity is remarkable and clearly reflected in our staff and patients. Boston is famous for its sports, arts, music, museums, and restaurants. Boston is also an easy city to get out of. The easily accessible beaches of the North Shore, South Shore, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are among the finest in the nation. The Maine seacoast is only 90 minutes away. To the north and west there is outstanding hiking, biking, and skiing. These characteristics plus the multitude of academic institutions in and around Boston make the city a haven for graduate students and young pro- fessionals in all fields.

As you consider your options for training in Surgery, we hope you will strongly con- sider applying to Tufts Medical Center. We are committed to offering our trainees a robust, diverse, exciting, challenging, and rewarding experience in a highly collegial environment.