Educational Events - Week of 10/7/2019 to 10/11/2019

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 10/7/19 – 10/11/19


NO M&Ms/Grand Rounds held on Wednesday, October 9, 2019.

M&Ms/Grand Rounds WILL RESUME on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.


Grand Rounds


Topic: Spleen Hematology

Location: Hess Seminar Room A

Resident: Shruti Zaveri, MD

Discussant: Bassilly Marcus, MD

Time: 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Resident Town Hall

THIS Friday, October 11, 2019 → 3:00PM

Location: 5 E 98th St., 15th Floor, Conf. Rm




If you have no Scholarly activity to report at this time,

Kindly respond to Catalina Gonzalez via email at:    

All scholarly activity must be updated on a Quarterly.   


This will serve as a reminder for the various elements of the sepsis workflow including:


  • Use of the sepsis order set if sepsis, severe sepsis, or septic shock identified

  • Required documentation for all BPAs using the templated notes

  • New BPA policy on boarder patients in the ED

  • Appropriate documentation of sepsis, severe sepsis, septic shock in the H&P if present on admission

  • Appropriate documentation if sepsis is ruled out later in the admission

  • Timely conversion of IV antibiotics to oral

  • Hand-off to incoming teams of pending sepsis tasks at shift change

  • Ensuring that all providers on your team have the sepsis alert icons if they are using personal EPIC patient lists instead of system lists


For more information on Sepsis please contact:


In compliance with SEPSIS please see below

All Residents need to get a flu shot and bring proof to the Education Office.
Please visit Employee Health Service (EHS) from 8 am – 4 pm by walk-in or appointment to get your shot

This will serve as a reminder for the various elements of the sepsis workflow including:


  • Use of the sepsis order set if sepsis, severe sepsis,or septic shock identified

  • Required documentation for all BPAs using the templated notes

  • New BPA policy on boarder patients in the ED

  • Appropriate documentation of sepsis, severe sepsis, septic shock in the H&P if present on admission

  • Appropriate documentation if sepsis is ruled out later in the admission

  • Timely conversion of IV antibiotics to oral

  • Hand-off to incoming teams of pending sepsis tasks at shift change

  • Ensuring that all providers on your team have the sepsis alert icons if they are using personal EPIC patient lists instead of system lists


For more information on Sepsis please contact:

MEMO from Employee Health Services and Surgical Quality:

Our department is collaborating with the Employee Health Services to understand the perspectives of healthcare workers working in the OR towards needle stick injuries.  Please complete the survey below to help us identify trends in needle stick injuries and to understand your thoughts towards needle stick injuries. Based on survey results, our goal is to make informed recommendations to reduce the frequency of needle stick injuries in the OR. Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary, and all of your responses are anonymous.

The link to the survey is:

Thank you in advance for your participation.


 In an effort to simplify the submission of requests for days off,  you may submit requests using the links below.   

***All requests are due 6 weeks prior to the month they are for***



November 2019 Requests

 Due: Past Due !!



SINAI INTERNS (including PGY2 on Surgical Oncology)


SINAI SENIORS (including PGY2 on buddy calls)


General Surgery Categorical Residents

***Operative Assessments Monthly Submissions***

Operative assessments are an ACGME requirement which must be tracked on a monthly basis.
At the end of each month, you are required to submit 3 Operative Assessments of a single procedure (preferably with the same attending) to Eric Greenstein in order to obtain credit.
These operative assessment forms must be completed with the date of the surgical procedure, medical records number, and respective faculty member.


***Global Assessment of Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Skills (GAGES) Evaluation Submission***

Global Assessment of Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Skills (GAGES) evaluation form MUST be completed by the conclusion of your Endoscopy rotation.
Once completed, it is your responsibility to submit the completed GAGES evaluation form to Eric Greenstein to be included in your file.

General Surgery Categorical Residents: BLS & ACLS Certifications

If your BLS & ACLS Certifications are due to expire soon please contact the Education Office to be scheduled for an upcoming Renewal Course

***It is important to keep these updated for Mount Sinai & Elmhurst credentialing purposes*** 

Once you receive your certification card, it is imperative that you submit a copy of the front & back of the card to the Education Office so we can have a copy for your file!

REMINDER: Q2 reporting period10/21-11/17**


  No Q2 call 

  Everyone must take an entire calendar day off per week. 

  Everyone must have 8 hours off in between shifts. 

  If you stay late, you must inform your chief and come in late the next day to stay compliant.

  No call switching with co-resident without approval from Dr. Divino and Dani Gonzalez.



 Duty hours are being monitored on a WEEKLY basis by the Education Office for compliance purposes.

 Please be sure to log your DUTY HOURS in New Innovations on a DAILY BASIS!

 Duty Hour reminder emails will be sent every Friday by the Education Office

 If duty hours are not logged you will receive a warning letter and possible SUSPENSION




Ø  Kindly use the Duty Hours tab in New Innovations to log your Duty Hours
Ø  Kindly use the Clinic log Books drop-down menu in New Innovations to log your Clinics/Continuity of Care
Ø  Kindly use the Portfolio drop-down menu in New Innovations to log your Scholarly activities
Ø  Kindly ensure your online completion of pending medical-student evaluations (e*value)
Ø  Kindly ensure your completion of  Rotation Evaluations, Goals and Objectives in New Innovations




Ø  Contact Indra (coordinator) immediately (718) 584-9000 Ext. 6757 to make sure you are cleared to rotate at the VA and that you have completed your CPRS Training/ Mandatory VA On-line Trainings and that you will have VA hospital access and will be able to receive your VA ID badge without any issue

Ø  Ask Indra how to obtain your fingerprint clearance (This process takes at least 2-3 weeks to clear!)

Ø  Rotators not working NIGHT must take 6:45AM Shuttle

Ø  Visit Indra at the 7th Floor, Room 7A-11

Ø  Be aware of all VA conferences, clinics, primary patients, consults and OR cases that should be in your radar while rotating there***



Ø  If you have not been fingerprinted at the VA previously, it is imperative to have your fingerprinting done at least a 1 month prior to the start of your rotation (sometimes it can take up to 3 weeks or longer to obtain your clearance).

Ø  You can report to the Bronx VA any day between Monday-Thursday between 8am-12pm and see Indra Naipal  located on the 7th Fl (Room 7A-11) – Prior to going you can confirm if she will be available on a particular day/time by calling her at (718) 584-9000 Ext. 6757.

Ø  In the event that she’s not available you can contact the HR Department at 718-584-9000 ext. 6584 to schedule your Fingerprinting APPT and their office is located on the 9th Fl (Room 9B-11)


Bring two original forms of picture ID (Driver’s License/State Photo ID and Passport).


All non-citizens and naturalized citizens must bring their original picture ID’s for processing upon their rotation at the VA.


•     All residents must be fully credentialed 6 weeks prior to their rotation. There will be no exceptions!
•     Residents MUST  find the time to update medical clearance  and  update Mask Fitting once notified by the Education  Office.  

Updating Medical Clearance

Updating Mask-Fitting


Employee Health Services

19 E 98th St., 2nd Fl, Rm 2D Monday – Wednesday anytime between 8AM-4PM

1) Mount Sinai Respirator Fit Testing Monthly Schedule available via Intranet:

 2) Education Office can also arrange Respirator Fit Testing to be conducted by Reba Miller at any time. Please call her to set up at time for Fit Test: x46168

Elmhurst End of Rotation Requirements

Returning Pagers & Scrubs

Ø You must return beepers directly to the Telecom Dept.
Ø Do not leave pagers home, in team room, or in your locker on the last day of your rotation.
Ø Please be sure to return all scrubs on your last day of rotation.


Completion of Brief Op Notes & Dictated Cases

Ø You must complete all Brief Op Notes to complete the chart.
Ø Complete all undictated cases and sign charts in the computer.
Ø Medical Records and Telecommunication Depts. REQUIRE Clearance forms that must be completed and signed for each resident at the end of their rotation.



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Christopher Lachapelle, MD PGY-3

Prize: $25 Gift Card

Good for use at any Food & Nutrition Cafeteria locations at Mount Sinai
(including the Starbucks in the Guggenheim Lobby)

  • ACGME Case Logs (must be logged & up-to-date)

  • Duty Hours (logged on weekly basis)

  • New Innovations Monthly Evaluations (no outstanding evals)

  • Continuity of Care Clinic Logs (up-to-date)

  • Rotation Goals & Objectives (up-to-date)

Trainee Mental Health Support Resources


Dr. Sarah Hodulik
Any residents interested in coming in for an appointment can get in touch personally at: 
212-659-8851 / 
Or can email their clinic account:

Dr. Jeffrey Newcorn


Dr. Evan Leibu


Emergency psychiatric services can be initiated by contacting the psychiatrist on-call through the page operator (212-241-5581) or by calling the Psychiatric Emergency Service (212-241-5637).

Report A Concern

Please use the Report A Concern Website ( for confidential reporting of Mistreatment, Harassment, Lapses in Professionalism or any other issues of concern to House Staff or Faculty in programs under ISMMS Sponsorship. 
These reports go directly to the GME Director who will route them to the appropriate party in the GME Leadership structure. You may report anonymously, include non-identifiable contact information, or include your name. While all reports are appreciated and encouraged, the inclusion of contact information will allow us to potentially obtain supplemental information to adequately investigate the reported concern(s).


For any inquiries or issues please contact the  General Surgery Residency Education Office at 212-241-5871 to speak with

Catalina Gonzalez / Eric Greenstein / Fatima Shafiq / Omayra Lambert

Categorical Residents:

American Board of Surgery - Training Requirements for General Surgery Certification


Resident Assessment Requirement

Applicants for general surgery certification are required to have obtained six operative and six clinical performance assessments conducted by their program director or other faculty members.  By signing an individual’s application, the program director attests that these 12 assessments have been completed. The completed assessment forms are not collected by the ABS.  Evaluation forms and further information are available at under Training & Certification > General Surgery > Training Requirements.

ABS Flexible Endoscopy Curriculum

A reminder that completion of the ABS Flexible Endoscopy Curriculum will be required of applicants who complete residency in the 2017-2018 academic year or thereafter.  The curriculum is available as a PDF document at under Training & Certification à General Surgery à Training Requirements.

Each resident graduating in the 2017-18 academic year and thereafter have to return a completed Global Assessment of Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Skills (GAGES) evaluation form to be completed at the conclusion of their Endoscopy rotation. It is your responsibility to send the completed GAGES evaluation form back to the Education office to be included in your file.

Operative Experience Requirements

  • At least 750 operative procedures as operating surgeon over 5 years, with at least 150 in the chief resident year.* Applicants may count up to 50 cases as teaching assistant toward the 750 total; however these cases may not count toward the 150 chief year cases.

  • At least 25 cases in surgical critical care,* with at least one in each of 7 categories: ventilatory management; bleeding (non-trauma); hemodynamic instability; organ dysfunction/failure; dysrhythmias; invasive line management and monitoring; and parenteral/enteral nutrition.

  • At least 25 cases as teaching assistant by the completion of residency (applies to applicants who completed residency in the 2014-2015 academic year or thereafter).

  • At least 250 operations by end of PGY-2 year, for applicants who began residency in July 2014or thereafter. The 250 cases can include procedures performed as operating surgeon or first assistant. Of the 250, at least 200 must be either in the defined categories, endoscopies, or e-codes (see below for info on e-codes). A maximum of 50 non-defined category cases may be applied to this requirement. The 250 cases must be completed over 2 consecutive residency years, ending with the PGY-2 year.

*Revised Operative Experience Requirements as of 2017-2018
The ABS is implementing the following changes to its operative requirements effective with residents graduating in the 2017-2018 academic year (applies to current PGY-4s and below):

  • At least 850 operative procedures in five years as operating surgeon

  • At least 200 operative procedures in the chief resident year

  • At least 40 cases in surgical critical care, with at least one in each category

Clinical vs. Non-Clinical Time

The ABS requires 48 weeks of full-time clinical experience in each year of residency.  The remaining four weeks of the year are considered non-clinical time that may be used for any purpose.  While the ABS considers the 48-week requirement to be of the utmost importance in developing fully-trained surgeons, options are available to provide programs and residents with some flexibility in meeting this requirement.

Full Medical License Required for CE

Residents will be required to have a full and unrestricted medical license (U.S. or Canada) to register for the Certifying Exam.  They should allow several months for the licensure process.  Temporary, limited, educational or institutional licenses will not be accepted under any circumstances, even if they are in a fellowship.

Taking the QE After PGY-4

Starting this academic year, we will permit residents who will successfully complete their PGY-4 year in June to apply for and take the QE.  All application requirements must be met, including the requirements outlined above for operative cases and for certification in ACLS, ATLS and FLS.

Taking the exam after PGY-4 will count toward the four opportunities within four years that are granted to successfully complete the QE.  However, the overall seven-year limit to achieve certification will not go into effect until successful completion of residency training. 

Residents who pass the QE after their PGY-4 will not have any official status with the ABS until their residency training has been satisfactorily completed.  Once that occurs, they will be considered a candidate for certification and, like other candidates, will be granted three opportunities within three years (with one opportunity per year) to pass the General Surgery Certifying Exam (CE).

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