Surgical Residency Program
Through takeovers on the Department of Surgery Twitter page, surgical residents at Massachusetts General Hospital provide a behind-the-scenes look at their days and experiences in the Surgical Residency Program.
"A Day in the Life" with Danielle Ellis, MD, MTS, PGY-1 resident
The Start of the Day
This month, I’m on Churchill (trauma/ACS) & by some miracle (aka amazing, thoughtful admin chiefs @sophiakmckinley, @budelsman), my husband @joshuaellis2020 (gen surg intern/@MGHIR1 resident) is on the team this week. It's early o'clock, but it's a good day to have a good day!
Rounds on Churchill are kind of like this picture—brisk, a little blurry & full of love. Pictured here are a clerkship student, two interns, one of our Churchill nurse practitioners and our fearless leader/senior @clcostantino_MD on our way to the Emergency Department!
In the OR
We’re in the OR so much already as interns, and on Churchill, operative learning is especially fun bc our seniors take us through cases! Major shoutout to @morganhennessy for her patience & guidance as I struggled my way through this appy today.
One of the most meaningful parts of residency is the people we get to do it with. It's not every day that you find three brilliant, budding surgeons who also make for the best brunch crew.
The Reality of Residency
In case #gensurg social media conveys anything to the contrary, surgical residency is HARD and much of the time, looks like this. It is, however, incredibly moving and surprising and inspiring—10/10 would recommend.
Even a few minutes of hold music is nothing a little coffee can't fix [not pictured here are Barbara, Molly and Lois, our residency coordinators and the backbones of this program who, besides doing a million other things, also feed and water us every day].
A View of Boston
This is one of my favorite places in the hospital. I call it my "big picture" room, and sometimes when I'm up here on my PM rounds (always be rounding, amirite?), I take a few moments in here to zoom out from the chaos and minutia of the day.
"A Day in the Life" with Grace Lee, MD, PGY-5 resident
Meet Grace Lee, MD
Hi everyone! It’s time for another #meettheMGH! I’m Grace Lee, MD, and I’m so excited to take you through my day as an Mass General surgical resident.
Kicking Off the Day
The day begins in the chief resident office, where we review patients prior to morning rounds. Zhi Ven Fong, MD, just got a Star Wars toaster and is happily making breakfast. Brooks Udelsman, MD, MHS, is not as impressed.
I started chief year on trauma nights with Selena Li, MD, and Filippos Kontos, MD, as my fearless interns. There was a lot of 2 am running between the Emergency Department and sick floor patients. Selena likes the stairs. I felt very old.
In the Operating Room
Chief year is full of operating, operating, operating! Incredible cases with incredible attendings—it is the crown jewel of the Mass General Surgical Residency Program. Here I am performing a thyroidectomy with Richard Hodin, MD. Our attendings are world-class experts—we’re pretty spoiled.
Spare Time Studying
You may ask: do you ever have time to read textbooks and study? Answer: yes! We have surgical textbooks galore in the resident lounge to help us prepare for cases, teaching sessions and the ABSITE.
Look who I found! Zhi and Bram Verhofste, MD, rounding with Motaz Qadan, MD, PhD. Dr. Qadan advises our resident wellness committee. We have access to great resources for maintaining our wellbeing throughout residency and the COVID-19 crisis.
Celebrating Fellowship Match
Sahael Stapleton, MD, MBA, and I just matched to colorectal surgery fellowship! We are so excited to bring some Mass General surgery to Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo Clinic (the drawings from Sahael’s kids are the best part of our chief resident office).
In the Pit
Time to bring fuel to the surgery residents in the Emergency Department (ED), aka the Pit! PGY2 and PGY3 field all ED surgery consults and run traumas. It’s a tough job but Liz Calle, MD, PhD & Sarah Marx, MD, are seasoned vets. We leave the Pit feeling amazed at what we can accomplish in one shift.
Ending the Day
The day ends in the chief resident office, where we relax after a long day. Andrea Axtell, MD, has had to listen to many of my stories. Talking to her makes everything better and scuba diving together in Gloucester, MA, DEFINITELY makes everything better.
Planning the Weekend Shift
What are weekends like? Lauren Williams, MD and I meet John Mullen, MD, to run the list. He is the best—have I mentioned he won the Mass General Brigham outstanding program director award? Dr. Mullen & Keith Lillemoe, MD, are the reason many of us came here!
One of the oldest and most prestigious training programs in the country, the Mass General Surgical Residency Program continues to pride itself on the success of its graduates, many of whom are current department chairs, division chiefs and renowned surgeon-scientists.