Rotation Overview

Rotation Schedule



Divided into 4-week block rotations. These include ICU, night intern, and the following surgical services: Acute Care Surgery, Colorectal, Cardiac, Thoracic-Foregut, Vascular, Transplant, Plastics and Reconstructive, Minimally Invasive, Orthopedics, and Hepatobiliary.


Divided into 4-week block rotations. These include ICU, Pediatric Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Burns, Minimally Invasive, Vascular, Hepatobiliary, and Acute Care Surgery.


Divided into 4-8 week block rotations. These include Surgical Oncology, Hepatobiliary/Transplant, Acute Care Surgery, Vascular, and General Surgery at Kaiser Permanente.


Divided into 6-8 week block rotations. These include Acute Care Surgery, Thoracic-Foregut, Colorectal, Surgical Oncology, General Surgery at Kaiser Permanente and Good Samaritan Hospital, and night senior.


The chief year is divided into 6-8 week block rotations and is flexible as efforts are made to allow residents to spend more time on rotations which will prepare them for their future career choices.

Rotation Facilities

LAC+USC Medical Center



The newly designed LAC+USC Medical Center (“County”) opened its doors in 2008 and sits adjacent to the historic General Hospital building in an area just northeast of downtown Los Angeles. The facility encompasses 1.5 million square feet, with 600 inpatient beds and 132 Emergency Department beds. Over half of the resident rotations will be at LAC+USC Medical center. A few unique features of this hospital are listed below:

  • Serves as one of the busiest level 1 trauma centers in the nation and treats over 28% of trauma victims in the region; also serves as the US Navy’s Trauma training center
  • One of only three burn centers in the county, and one of the few Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Southern California
  • Employs approximately 1,500 attending physicians, 1,000 interns and residents, 3,000 nurses at all levels, and trains several hundreds of students in various healthcare professions
  • Prides itself on serving any patient that comes through its doors regardless of socioeconomic or insurance status

Keck Hospital of USC



Keck Hospital is a 401-bed university-affiliated teaching hospital within walking distance of County and employs over 700 faculty physicians. On average, the hospital performs over 18,000 outpatient and inpatient surgeries annually. As a tertiary/quaternary referral center, Keck provides care for the most acute and complex medical and surgical issues. A significant number of resident rotations take place at Keck.

USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center:



USC Norris is one of the 8 original comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute. More than 250 physicians and scientists focus on 13 key areas of cancer treatment including: breast cancer, colorectal cancer, genetic counseling, gynecological cancers, head and neck cancers, hematology, lung cancer, melanoma, neuro-oncology, radiation oncology, sarcoma, skin cancer and urologic oncology. The recently opened Norris Healthcare Center is a 7-story, 116,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility within walking distance and is focused on cancer care, urology, and outpatient surgery.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles



CHLA is one of the busiest children’s hospitals in the nation with over 17,000 surgeries performed annually. Residents spend time rotating on the pediatric surgery service here. Those interested in pursuing pediatric surgery fellowship can easily find mentorship and research opportunities within the department.

Kaiser Permanente, West LA

Kaiser West LA is a private, community hospital located just south of Beverly Hills. Residents spend time here during their 3rd and 4th years and perform a significant number of cases throughout these months. The specialties include general surgery, colorectal, hepatobiliary, endocrine, and breast.

Good Samaritan Hospital

Good Samaritan Hospital is a 408-bed facility with 32 operating rooms located in downtown Los Angeles. Residents spend time here during their 4th year rotating on the Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery service.