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Message from the Program Director — Our primary goal of our residency program is to produce outstanding general surgeons who can perform at the highest level as both clinicians and academicians.


We believe that the surgical residents are the lifeblood of any great Department of Surgery. We strive to continually challenge our residents while supporting them at the same time. This is accomplished by having all levels of faculty work side-by-side with the residents on all services. For example, on our trauma surgery service residents take call with the Department Chairman and the Residency Director.
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Graduates of our program are compassionate physicians with outstanding technical skills and excellent clinical judgment. They are prepared for highly rewarding careers as broadly-trained general surgeons. Upon graduation, the majority of our residents pursue fellowship training in high caliber subspecialty training programs. Those residents who do not desire additional training are highly successful in the private practice community. Our graduates have taken positions in a great variety of locations throughout the United States. Our teaching faculty comes from diverse backgrounds providing our residents many opportunities to learn a variety of approaches to clinical problems. Since 2013, 91% of our graduates passed their American Board of Surgery Qualifying (written) Examination on the first attempt, 88% passed the Certifying (oral) Examination on the first attempt, and 82% passed both exams on the first attempt. Our pass rate for each exam and both exams is above the national averages of 89%, 83%, and 76%, respectively.


Research opportunity:   In addition to learning clinical surgery, our categorical residents have the opportunity – should they choose to do so – to spend at least one additional year doing clinical and/or basic science research between the clinical PG2 and PG3 years. This research experience can set the stage for a productive academic career, propel the resident to a top fellowship or simply allow the young surgeon an opportunity to learn what really goes into research so that he/she may evaluate medical literature more critically. Regardless of a surgeon's ultimate career path, we believe that time spent in research should complement the clinical training and make one a better surgeon over the long term.
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In short, we are committed to attracting outstanding students and providing them with excellent training so that they are prepared to meet their goals, whether in academia or in private practice. We welcome applications from any qualified individual who feels he/she is up to the challenge.


Daniel L. Dent, MD
Program Director
General Surgery Residency Program

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