Surgical residents will encounter and treat a broad spectrum of general surgical problems at Howard University Hospital and its affiliated hospitals (Providence Hospital, Greater Southeast Community Hospital, Washington Hospital Center, and Children's National Medical Center).

Residency training is afforded through a variety of mechanisms. Supervision by full-time attendings, a chief resident, and a variable number of junior residents, interns, third and fourth year medical students, and support personnel make up this service. Mortality and morbidity conferences, and grand rounds are held weekly. Board-review type lecture series are presented each Saturday jointly by a facult member and an assigned resident. Journal Club meets monthly.


This division was formed in 1985. It provides surgical residents and medical students the opportunity to participate in the comprehensive management of cancer patients. This multi-disciplinary management not only encompasses the pre-operative, operative, and post-operative management of these patients, but also emphasizes rehabilitative support and the psychologicd support needed by the patient with incurable disease. The multi-disciplinary approach utilizes participation from the divisions of medical oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, nutritional support services, and rehabilitative services.

Since gastrointestinal maIignancies constitute a significant percentage of the cancers seen at our hospital, gastrointestinal endoscopy is a major part of the experience on the surgical oncology service. The residents on the service become familiar with the techniques invoked in both upper and lower endoscopy.