The sixth edition of the Washington Manual of Surgery was published by the Department of Surgery in the winter of 2011. Four selected chief residents from the Department have edited each edition with the assistance of the editor-in-chief, Mary E. Klingensmith, MD. The editors select and invite residents to write or revise chapters for the book with a faculty co-author who has expertise in the topic. By writing these chapters, residents learn how to combine information from diverse sources and communicate a brief, rational approach to the management of patients with surgical problems. The opportunity to learn this important skill at an early stage of one's career is a benefit found at few training programs. The book has been commercially successful for Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Inc., and the Department anticipates that it will continue to be revised every two to three years. All interns entering the program will receive the book.