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Tripler Army Medical Center
1 Jarrett White Road
Honolulu, HI 96859

Tripler Army Medical Center is a 450-bed tertiary care medical center and level 2 trauma center in the middle of the Pacific Ocean responsible for joint service care of active duty and their dependents over the entire Pacific Rim. Tripler also has a responsibility to care for patients from the countries of the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Marianas and American Samoa who qualify due to the severity of their illness under the Pacific Island Health Care Project, which exposes residents to both rarely seen tropical pathologies and common ailments that have been allowed to progress due to lack of routine medical care. This is the location which all residents call home. From internship through chief year, residents are an integral part of the General and Vascular Surgery services, as well as all specialties within these teams. Interns will also rotate through Anesthesia, the Emergency Department, and in the Intensive Care Unit.

Front Entrance to Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Hospital

Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center
3288 Moanalua Road
Honolulu, HI 96819

Kaiser, our residency's sister institution, is a 263-bed tertiary care hospital located less than a half-mile from Tripler. It features a newly renovated 16-bed combined MICU/SICU, as well as 16 recently remodeled state-of-the-art operating rooms. Residents begin rotations here starting the R1 year, and continue through their chief year where up to 6 months are spent running the General Surgery service. Over 12 months are spent at Kaiser, thus comprising a large portion of the resident's total educational experience. In addition to a busy General Surgery service, Colorectal Surgery, Surgical Oncology, and Minimally Invasive Surgery are all encountered. Two months of the R4 year are dedicated to Vascular Surgery. Given the high volume, residents typically have exposure to head, neck, and thoracic cases as well. Available services include a newly renovated call room and three daily in-house meals from the cafeteria for FREE. Residents will typically pull 24-hour call every 3rd to 4th day for inpatient questions and emergency room consults.

The Queens Medical Center

The Queens Medical Center
1301 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

The Queen’s Medical Center (QMC) is a 500-bed tertiary care hospital. It is the state’s only Level 1Trauma Center and has dedicated medical, neurology, surgical/trauma, and cardiovascular intensive care units. In the second year, residents will spend 1 month in the busy Surgical Intensive Care Unit, gaining experience in ICU care and procedures.

Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center

Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center
1983 Marengo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Also known as County/USC, LAC+USC, is a 600-bed public teaching hospital located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. It provides healthcare services for the regional medically underserved and is an ACS-Certified Level I Trauma Center which treats approximately 4,500 trauma cases annually. Residents spend three months of their R3 year at this hospital seeing strictly trauma consults which can easily surpass fifteen to twenty per 24-hour call shift. A furnished apartment is provided for rotating residents approximately twenty minutes from the hospital.

San Antonio Military Medical Center

San Antonio Military Medical Center
3851 Roger Brooke Drive
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234

The burn center serves as a regional referral center and includes a 16-bed burn intensive care unit (BICU) providing state-of-the-art burn care for military and civilian patients. All R2 residents will spend one month in the BICU gaining ample experience in burn critical care as well as debridement, grafting, and wound care. In-house call averages every 3rd to 4th night, though this is variable per rotation.

Ochsner Medical Center

Ochsner Medical Center
1514 Jefferson Hwy.
New Orlenes, LA 70121

Oschner Medical Center has nearly 800 acute care beds and offers a full scope of inpatient and outpatient transplant services as part of the Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Center. This center has completed over 7,000 liver, kidney, pancreas, heart, and lung transplants since 1984, and is the busiest and most experienced transplant center in the Gulf South region. Residents spend 3 months here during their R4 year working in transplant as well as in hepatobiliary and acute care surgery as part of the Ochsner Cancer Institute, an accredited Center of Excellence.

Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women and Children

Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women and Children
1319 Punahou Street
Honolulu, HI 96826

Kapi'olani is a tertiary care center specializing in pediatric, women's, and maternal-fetal care. New for AY2015-16, residents will spend 1 month of their R4 year on the Pediatric Surgery service, gaining a wide variety of operative experience, as well as learning to care for critically ill children and neonates. A new, 200,000 square-foot expansion is under construction and will be completed in 2016. This 5-story tower will feature state-of-the-art NICU and PICUs, as well as expanded medical educational space.

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