First Year

During the first year, surgical interns spend a few months on off-service rotations, such as ICU, Emergency Medicine, and Nights. They will also complete a month at UH Cleveland Medical Center on the transplant service. The remaining months are spent covering general surgery, vascular, plastics, and urogynecology at Western Reserve Hospital.

Second Year

During second year, residents spend two months on trauma surgery/trauma ICU at a Level I trauma center. We have affiliations with both UH Cleveland Medical Center and Shock Trauma in Baltimore. Resident have the choice to stay in Cleveland for trauma or to go to Baltimore. Residents also spend one month at Akron City Hospital on Bariatrics/Minimally invasive surgery and the remainder to the time is split between Western Reserve Hospital and UH Portage Medical Center. At UH Portage, residents cover general surgery, plastics, vascular, and trauma. UH Portage is a level III trauma center.

Third Year

During third year, residents have multiple out rotations on different surgical subspecialites.
Pediatric surgery (two months), Akron Children’s Hospital
Breast surgery (one month), Cleveland Clinic
Breast/Endocrine surgery (one month), UH Cleveland Medical Center
Colorectal surgery (one month), UH Cleveland Medical Center
Thoracic surgery (one month), UH Cleveland Medical Center
The remaining months are split between UH Portage and Western Reserve Hospital.

Fourth Year

During fourth year, the residents complete an additional two months of trauma, as an upper level, time is spent predominately in the operating room. They also complete one month of hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery at UH Cleveland Medical Center. An elective surgical month is built into the PGY4 year. The remainder of the year is spent at UH Portage and Western Reserve Hospital

Fifth Year

During fifth year, the residents run the service at Western Reserve Hospital. Fifth year residents have one out rotation on Acute Care Surgery at UH Cleveland Medical Center


Throughout each year, there are numerous didactic activities which are required. There are weekly board review in which residents from multiple Akron area training programs review a selected surgical text. The text reviewed, as well as the accompanying board review is chosen on a yearly basis, and the session is supervised by multiple surgical attending physician faculty. All residents must participate in the In-Service Exam yearly.

All Western Reserve Hospital residents must attend both a monthly tumor board session and mortality review conference. These review any surgical oncologic cases as well as any pre-operative diagnostic challenges for current cases. There is attendance by the primary care physician, as well as all disciplines involved in the patient care plan including radiology, oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, and surgery.

There is also noon lecture, grand rounds, OMM, and morning report lectures each Tuesday through Thursday on a rotating basis.