The mission of the National Capital Consortium (NCC) Surgery residency programs are to develop world class surgeons to care for soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines, and their families. We will provide a scholarly environment and a dedication to excellence in complex surgical care, medical education, and translational research. Our trainees will emerge with the professionalism, communications, and lifelong learning skills to become leaders in military and civilian academic surgery.
- To assist trainees in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to be effective surgeons.
- To prepare trainees for entry into top surgical subspecialty training programs.
- To develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to allow graduates to maintain a program of scholarly research in their area of interest.
- To produce dynamic and effective surgical educators.
- To promote and encourage the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for lifelong learning and improvement.
- To develop military medical officers of character ready to lead surgical teams in support of military operations worldwide.
The primary clinical site for NCC Surgery Residency programs are at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, just outside of Washington, DC in Bethesda, Maryland. As the world's largest military medical center, we provide care to more than 1 million beneficiaries annually, many referred from all over the globe for world class specialty care. Our John P. Murtha Cancer Center is the only comprehensive cancer center in the DoD. Our Trauma & Acute Care Surgery service has cared for the overwhelming majority of casualties returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. That’s why Walter Reed is "Where the Nation Heals it's Hero's".
SURGICAL EXPERIENCES FOR OUR RESIDENTS AT WALTER REED AND WITH OUR CIVILIAN PARTNERS INCLUDE:
- Minimally Invasive GI & Bariatric Surgery
- Surgical Oncology / Breast Surgery
- Colorectal Surgery
- Cardiothoracic Surgery
- Transplant Surgery
- Plastic Surgery
- Surgical Critical Care and Burn Surgery
- Trauma & Acute Care Surgery
- Vascular Surgery
- Pediatric Surgery
- General Surgery
Bridging the gap between the bench, the bedside, and the battlefield is the focus of our departmental scholarly efforts. Each NCC General Surgery resident spends at least a year engaged in full time, protected research in an area of his or her interest. Collaborative agreements with the USU School of Medicine, other academic institutions in the National Capital Region, and with national and international partners make our research portfolio second to none. Currently, the Department of Surgery generates approximately 25 million dollars/year in combined intramural and extramural research funding resulting in more than 100 manuscripts annually. Prominent programs of research include:
- Surgical Critical Care Initiative (SC2i)
- NMRC Regenerative Medicine
- Center for Prostate Disease Research (CPDR)
- Vietnam Vascular Registry (VVR)
- Cancer Vaccine Development Program (CVDP)
In addition to these programs, NCC residents also participate in clinical research at the Naval Medical Research Center, the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, and both the Children's National Medical Center and John’s Hopkins University just to name a few. Since 2007, NCC research residents have won more than 20 awards in research competitions at both the regional and national level.