Program Director’s Welcome

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A Message from Kevin J. Grannan, MD, F.A.C.S.
Program Director

Kevin Grannan

Welcome to the Trihealth General Surgery Residency Training Program! Our program was established in 1928 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, and has remained in operation and accreditation ever since. We believe that we have one of the strongest and most sought after community surgical training programs in the country. With a long tradition as an Independent Academic Medical center, coupled with a surgical volume of over 15,000 major cases per year, our graduating residents are well-prepared to pursue either surgical practice or further fellowship training.

Our training program places residents in an environment that is medically, surgically, and technologically challenging, with a strong focus on both patient care and research. Combining surgical experience in both private and university hospital settings, our residents learn from board-certified faculty with extensive experience in their specialties. With an abundant surgical volume, our chief residents graduate with no deficiencies in the American Board of Surgery's’ defined categories, and on average, each resident will be involved in approximately 1,200 cases throughout his or her training. The majority of major foregut and colorectal surgery is done via minimally invasive /robotic access.

One of the unique and distinguishing characteristics of our community hospital training program is the abundant opportunity for research. There are a number of full-time research staff of our E. Kenneth Hatton MD Institute for Research and Education, and they actively facilitate development, completion, and publication of research projects. All of our residents are engaged in surgical research and this is a requirement for graduation from our program. It is common for our residents to have multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as podium or poster presentations at national meetings. Research is typically done concurrent with clinical rotations, rather than taking extra years out of training. Our rich clinical volume lends itself well to surgical outcomes research, in addition to basic science projects, database queries, and prospective randomized clinical trials. TriHealth participates in a number of multi-institutional trial groups.

Complementing the clinical experience is our robust skills lab curriculum, involving a schedule of sessions in which residents hone skills including laparoscopic, robotic and open surgery. In addition to the technical side of surgery, we have sessions devoted to developing “people” skills including communication, delivery of bad news, informed consent, and professionalism.

TriHealth as an organization is firmly committed to increasing diversity within our training programs, to match the needs of the community we serve. We seek to foster an environment where diversity, equity, and inclusion are key elements and, thus, we welcome all people regardless of background in the hopes that we inspire new ways of thinking, behaving, and caring.

Fully Accredited by the ACGME for 20 categorical residents (4 chief residents per year), our program emphasizes graduating surgeons of the highest caliber, and our training program graduates have a remarkable track record in terms of completing the American Board of Surgery examinations, with an exceptional first attempt passage rate over the last 10 years. At our last ACGME site visit in February 2012, we again received a five-year full accreditation with no citations. In addition, we have annual reaccreditation with no citations.

Although my mission as Program Director is to have our graduates “practice ready” at the end of 5 years, many choose to enhance their skill sets with further fellowship training. They are also well positioned to do this, and our graduates have a very strong record of placement into accredited fellowship programs. In recent years, approximately 65% of our graduates have pursued fellowship training; they have matched in accredited, high-quality programs in fields including surgical oncology, vascular, cardiothoracic, colon and rectal, minimally invasive, hepato-pancreatico-biliary, breast, plastics and trauma/critical care. The general surgery residency training program at Good Samaritan Hospital is a great building block for any surgeon’s future.

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