SOCIETY OF GENERAL SURGEONS, INC.
Definition of General Surgery
As a basis of surgical residency
training and certification examinations as specialists in surgery, the
Philippine Society of General Surgeons, Inc. defines General Surgery as:
knowledge of surgical anatomy, physiology, pathology, oncology, metabolism,
wound healing, surgical bacteriology and sepsis shock and resuscitation,
immunology and organ transplantation, fluid and electrolytes, nutrition, burns
and critical care.
understanding of the principles of radiology, ultrasonography, CT scan, MRI, and
other diagnostic aids including the use of radioactive isotopes and mammography.
adequate practical experience in proctosigmoidoscopy and indirect laryngoscopy.
The general surgeon must be familiar with or must have participated in a
variety of endoscopic examinations such as direct laryngoscopy, bronchoscopy,
esophagoscopy, gastroscopy, choledochoscopy, colonoscopy and laparoscopy.
comprehensive skill in diagnosis, pre-operative, operative and post operative
care of patients with diseases of the a) alimentary tract, b) abdomen and its
contents, c) the head and neck, d) breast, e) the vascular system, f) the
endocrine system and g) skin and soft tissues.
knowledge and skills in all phases of care of the injured patient, including
care provided in the emergency room and intensive care unit.
The general surgeon must show competence in the emergency management of
trauma, including trauma to the head and neck, chest, abdomen and the
appropriate clinical experience to include operative and non-operative care of
common problems in the special disciplines of thoracic and cardiovascular,
gynecologic, neurologic, orthopedic, plastic, pediatric, urologic surgery and
anesthesiology acquired by exposure in these disciplines.