Vanita Ahuja, M.D.
Welcome to the Sinai Hospital Surgery Residency Program!
It is our pleasure to welcome your interest in our surgical training program and to provide a brief overview.
First and foremost, our goal is to train broad-based, highly qualified surgical specialists who can provide excellent care to patients with a wide range of surgical diseases. To this end, we have designed a training program that emphasizes education over service and offers training in all major surgical subspecialties and strong academic affiliations. A well-chosen blend of hospitals, rotations and faculty exposes our residents to all facets of modern-day surgery to facilitate realistic and well-informed career choices in both academic and non-academic settings.
Knowledge is the most powerful tool we possess as surgeons. The Sinai Surgery Residency strives to foster an environment of learning and research (basic and clinical), which enables our graduates to critically appraise surgical literature and keep abreast of surgical advances years after graduating from the program.
The landscape of surgery is changing constantly. Surgeons today must acquire knowledge and skills that reach beyond the classic teaching models of surgical education, and cover such topics as leadership, business and systems management, health care finance and politics.
To train surgeons to meet the demands and challenges of tomorrow, we have incorporated a unique value-added year of training into our residency design. During that year, the resident may choose to complete a one-year executive MBA program, an MPH program, a year of research or a trauma/critical care fellowship, thereby leaving our program with substantial added qualification. Other appropriate options for this year may be explored on an individual basis.
Below, you will find brief descriptions of the history of the program and our vision and mission. Please feel free to browse the remainder of the residency website for additional information.
I wish you the best of luck as you embark on your surgical career.
|| Vanita Ahuja, M.D.
History of the Program
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, part of the LifeBridge Health System, has a long tradition in surgical education dating back to the early 1900s. Since that time, more than 100 outstanding Sinai surgical residents have pursued careers in general surgery and various subspecialties at both academic and non-academic institutions throughout the country.
The program has been academically affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine since 1957, when Dr. Alfred Blalock recruited Dr. Arnold Seligman, a well-known surgeon-scientist at Harvard, to be the first full-time academic chief of surgery at Sinai Hospital.
In 1989, under the leadership of Dr. Gershon Efron and Dr. John Cameron, the Sinai Surgery Program integrated with the renowned surgery program at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. This merger was pursued, following the belief that an integrated training program would strategically enhance the education of surgical residents across both hospitals. In its integrated capacity, the Department of Surgery at Sinai fundamentally contributed to the education of residents in general surgery and various subspecialties.
From 1990 to 2005, residents, medical students, and allied health professions students were in constant rotation in Sinai Hospital’s Department of Surgery. The residents were exposed to a broad spectrum of patient care, more than 5,000 cases per year in all major surgical specialties, and a broad array of educational activities. Emphasizing academic education, several residents participated in the research opportunities offered at Sinai Hospital, which resulted in numerous presentations, publications and prestigious fellowships in such surgical organizations as the Association for Academic Surgery and the Surgical Infection Society.
Sinai Hospital successfully restarted its independent, fully accredited program in 2006. In 2009, the program was fully reaccredited without any significant citations, and in 2010 the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education approved a program expansion from two to three residents per year.
It is the vision of the department chair, faculty, hospital and organization to create and maintain the most outstanding community-based, academically affiliated surgical residency program available.
This program will put high-level, broad-based education first and offer a flexible, innovative and value-added approach to training surgeons who will be prepared to meet the demands and challenges of tomorrow.
Central to the mission of Sinai Hospital and the Department of Surgery is the development of technically excellent surgeons with solid clinical judgment and a broad range of skills, engaged in the compassionate and effective care of all patients.
This residency program will:
- provide a curriculum that will encompass extensive exposure to all surgical subspecialties through strategic specialty rotations at high-level, high-volume institutions and continued exposure at Sinai throughout the residency.
- stress early and continued leadership responsibility to foster independent decision making.
- provide residents with competencies in working and communicating in a multidisciplinary team environment.
- foster within residents the desire for the pursuit of continuous improvement, systematic evaluation of outcomes, and awareness of the underpinnings of the health care system and needs of the community served.
- train individuals who are well equipped to pursue successful careers in general surgery.