The General Surgery Residency Program at University of Nebraska Medical Center promotes and encourages academic activities. Residents are actively encouraged to partake in the various avenues of basic science, translational, clinical and educational research that lead to abstract acceptances at Regional/National meetings and manuscript publication in peer-reviewed journals. The policies set forth govern residents travelling to Regional/National meetings to present their research projects within the Continental US only. International and travel outside the Continental US is not permitted. These policies take into consideration the rules set forth by the American Board of Surgery (see below).

American Board of Surgery: New leave policy approved 2012

Applicants for general surgery certification must acquire no fewer than 48 weeks of full-time experience in each residency year. This is required regardless of the amount of operative experience obtained. All vacation and leave time taken during residency must be accounted for on the application for certification, including time taken for interviews, visa issues, and early departures for fellowships.

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PGY 5:
Chief residents will be permitted to go to one meeting (or Board course) of their choice within the Continental US regardless of scientific presentation with an allowance of $1500 This meeting of choice needs to be decided before July of the Chief year

  • Chief residents can go to additional one additional scientific meeting during the same academic year within Continental US for a full oral presentation with an allowance of $ 1,500
  • Time taken for presentation at scientific meeting:
  •  one day of travel to the meeting or course
  • one day of travel from the meeting or course
  • day or days of active presentation
  •  days beyond what is specified above will not be reimbursed for expenses and must be approved by Program Director

as per ABS, days taken to attend conferences should be a part of the 4 week vacation time

  • all time taken off for attending meetings, courses and interviews must fall within the allowed time period so as to not affect the minimum 48 week per year rule of training
  •  for expenses that exceed the allotted amount, the resident needs to obtain approval from mentor/Faculty for assuming financial responsibility. This needs to be approved by the Program Director.

PGY 1-4:
Each resident is permitted to attend up to 2 Regional/National meetings during an academic year within the Continental US for a full oral presentation with an allowance of $1,500.

  • Time taken for presentation at scientific meeting:
  •  one day of travel to the meeting or course
  • one day of travel from the meeting or course
  • day or days of active presentation
  •  days beyond what is specified above will not be reimbursed for expenses and must be approved by Program Director

as per ABS, days taken to attend conferences should be a part of the 4 week vacation time

  • all time taken off for attending meetings, courses and interviews must fall within the allowed time period so as to not affect the minimum 48 week per year rule of training
  •  for expenses that exceed the allotted amount, the resident needs to obtain approval from mentor/Faculty for assuming financial responsibility. This needs to be approved by the Program Director.

Research residents:
Residents in the lab years can travel to meetings depending on the approval of the research mentor and availability of funds from the mentor.

Policies for all residents:

Before submitting abstract:

  • obtain approval from research mentor/PI regarding projects to be submitted and the person assuming financial responsibility
  • obtain approval from Program Director by sending abstract, name of mentor/PI, name and date of conference to Program Director and Program Coordinator. Program Director/Chair will approve abstracts based on importance of meeting and significance to the resident’s career and the program
  • submit your abstract only after receiving approval from the Program Director; failure to do so may result in non-reimbursement of your expenses

Before paying for travel:

  • fill in meeting request/travel authorization form and submit to Program Coordinator
  • follow all Departmental policies for travel

Policies are subject to change depending on the Department’s annual budgetary needs and impact on the residency program.

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