The Center for Surgery at the University Hospital Zurich is now providing basic training in all surgical fields for assistant doctors – otherwise known as common trunk.
Common trunk is a two-year basic training course organized by the Center for Surgery for various medical specializations: specialist in surgery with the surgical foci general and trauma surgery, vascular surgery, thoracic surgery and visceral surgery, hand surgery, cardiac and vascular surgery, maxillofacial surgery, plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery, and urology.
In this two-year period, candidates have the opportunity to work closely with qualified specialists and acquire in-depth knowledge in these fields. After completing common trunk training, graduates can then further specialize in a specific surgical field at the University Hospital Zurich.
Objectives of common trunk
- Structured basic training in the Center for Surgery as a means of providing junior surgical staff with systematic support
- Attractive further education programs in the Center for Surgery (common trunk – early specialization within the departments)
The further education candidates carry out four rotations of a duration of six months each (two years in total). The departments have drawn up their own further education curricula for the rotation. This curriculum consists of basic theoretical and practical knowledge of surgery and is oriented towards the requirements to be fulfilled for the relevant medical specialization (see specific of requirements). The further education candidates are fully integrated into the department's operations during the rotation (incl. on-call and weekend services) and participate in internal departmental training and the weekly surgical and gastroenterological grand rounds. The respective departments are responsible for ensuring that labor laws are complied with. Two weeks' holiday must be taken per rotation.
Aims for further education candidates
- Acquisition of basic surgical knowledge
- Partial completion of the external specialist catalog of operations
Common trunk training is managed by a steering group consisting of one delegate from each participating department. The steering group selects candidates, reviews the training courses, draws up the rotation plans and improves the training program. The relevant departmental representatives are responsible for managing and training the common trunk-track candidates for their department.
Steering group members
Florin Allemann, MD (Department of Trauma Surgery representative)
PD Claudio Contaldo, MD (Department of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery representative)
René Vonlanthen, MD (Head of Steering Group, Department of Surgery and Transplantation representative)
PD Sacha Salzberg, MD (Department of Cardiac and Vascular Surgery representative)
PD Daniel Schmid, MD (Department of Urology representative)
Didier Schneiter, MD (Department of Thoracic Surgery representative)
Please send your complete application documents (CV, certificates/grades, letters of reference) to:
University Hospital Zurich
Department of Surgery and Transplantation
or via email as a PDF to email@example.com
Please contact Dr René Vonlanthen on +41 44 255 160 33 51 for any questions.