Travel Policy

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

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

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.

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

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:

Before paying for travel:

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