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Transitioning from Residency into Surgical Practice (TRiS)

Transitioning from Residency into Surgical Practice (TRiS) is a novel curriculum developed for all surgical trainees to examine the socioeconomic aspects of surgery and all domains of quality healthcare. This course is designed to educate surgeons on health care systems and policy, healthcare economics, managing an effective surgical practice, medicolegal principles, and ensuring quality and patient safety. Over a series of seminars and workshops, a hands-on approach is used to teach tangible knowledge and skills that are not often gained through clinical training.

Graduates from UC San Diego surgical residency and fellowship programs are equipped with the tools necessary to transition from training into an efficient and successful clinical practice, in academia or in the community. This rare and unique curriculum is shared across the Departments of Surgery, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, and Urology highlighting the inter-departmental collegiality of our institution. 

Course topics include but are not limited to:

  • Employment Settings and Opportunities
  • Healthcare Economics, Healthcare Delivery, Policy, and Regulations
  • Quality and Patient Safety, Medicolegal Risk Management
  • Physician Compensation; Personal Finance and Benefits
  • Controlling the Costs of Healthcare, Globally and What Can You Do as a Surgeon
  • Business of Surgery / Venture Capitalism / Financial Ethics
  • Surgical Leadership and Staff Management
  • Advancing Research and Managing a Research Program
  • The Perioperative Environment - How are ORs Managed?
  • Setting Yourself Up for Early Success in Your First Job
  • Personal Promotion - Job Application Skills (Contracts, CVs, Career Advancement)
  • Alphabet Soup: Billing and Coding - Specialty Specific

For current residents seeking TRiS course materials or seminar recordings, please visit

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