Residents in the USC General Surgery Program have the opportunity to rotate through a variety of clinical settings, giving a very diverse and extensive training experience. Interns and residents will rotate these sites throughout their 5 years of training.
Los Angeles County-USC (LAC-USC) General Hospital
LAC-USC is one of the largest public teaching hospitals in the country with a long and prestigious history of training surgical residents since the partnership between the County and the medical school was established in 1885. The hospital’s mission is to provide medical services to the underserved population of the L.A. County. The newly constructed replacement facility was completed in 2008 at a cost of $1 billion, and has 600 beds running at maximal capacity. The treatment areas and operating rooms were designed from the ground up with the latest technological capabilities and equipment. LAC-USC continues to have one of the largest volumes of trauma in the country and treats a large number of penetrating injuries requiring intervention. Every day nearly 900 residents across all medical specialties come to work at LAC-USC, providing a unique training environment that will accelerate a resident’s professional development and autonomy. The surgical services are divided into subspecialty teams including Acute Care Surgery (trauma and non-trauma general surgery), Minimally Invasive Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surger, Breast/Surgical Oncology, Vascular Surgery, General Thoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Burns Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, and Pediatric Surgery.
Keck Hospital of USC
Keck Hospital is the private tertiary referral hospital of USC located across the medical school campus from LAC-USC. It was established in 1991 as a surgical hospital for the private practice of USC attending surgeons and has 411 beds. The hospital is centered around the surgical services and has no emergency room, pediatrics, or obstetrics. This arrangement provides a uniquely focused surgical environment and provides state-of-the-art training for residents. Surgeons at Keck Hospital utilize the latest technology and are active participants in translational research, as well as the evaluation of new devices. A unique aspect of the training program is that the same faculty members staff both LAC-USC and Keck Hospital to maintain consistency in teaching at both facilities, which aids in the training of residents. Similar to LAC-USC, the surgical services are divided into subspecialty teams including Abdominal Transplant, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Vascular Surgery, General Thoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Plastic Surgery, GI and General Surgery, Breast/Surgical Oncology, Colorectal Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care.
Norris Cancer Center and Hospital
Norris Cancer Center and Hospital is one of the original NCI designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country. It is located across the street from Keck Hospital and is primarily used by the medical oncology and radiation oncology services. Surgical residents are an integral part of providing multidisciplinary care and surgical consultations on cancer patients.
Good Samaritan Hospital
This comprehensive 408-bed community hospital is located just outside of downtown L.A., 5 miles from Keck Medical Center, and has a long relationship with USC. Residents have the opportunity to spend time with community general surgeons who practice the full spectrum of general and vascular surgery. Invaluable experience is gained in the private practice setting, interacting directly with other attending physicians of other services in the care of their patients.
Kaiser Permanente Hospital, West Los Angeles
Located approximately 8 miles from Keck Medical Center, Kaiser West L.A. provides a superb experience in community general surgery practice in a highly efficient setting. Residents have the opportunity to work with a dynamic group of surgery attendings and actively participate in a wide variety of operations. Residents routinely accumulate a high volume of cases on these rotations and are exposed to a distinctly different healthcare system from that of the academic Keck Hospital or the public L.A. County Hospital, helping to provide diversity in training that is the hallmark of the USC surgery residency program.
Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
CHLA is the only free-standing children’s hospital in the L.A. region and has been affiliated with USC since 1932. Reflecting this close integration, all of the attending physicians are also on faculty of the Keck School of Medicine of USC. It is considered one of the top children’s hospitals in the country and offers nearly 100 medical and surgical specialties and subspecialty support services. Residents are integral members of the pediatric surgery service and participate in the full spectrum of operations, from basic appendectomies to complex redo operations referred in from outside hospitals. Moreover, there is a long track record of USC residents interested in pediatric surgery who have participated in ground-breaking research with CHLA faculty mentors.