During the first year, incoming residents are assigned to a faculty mentor. The mentor and resident meet on a semi-annual basis to discuss the resident's written evaluations, review career plans, select a laboratory and address specific problems, as needed. Timothy Eberlein, MD, Bixby Professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery, is always available to the residents for career advising and planning. 

Residents as Teachers
Amber_TrudieAmber Traugott, MD, (left) gets help from her senior resident.Residents play a key role in educating medical students. Resident teaching responsibilities are outlined in the resident manual, which is updated annually. Teaching responsibilities are discussed at intern orientation and reviewed with all the residents annually in July. Students frequently cite their interactions with residents as a primary reason for choosing surgery as a career.