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U-M General Surgery Residency Program

The University of Michigan General Surgery Residency Program is designed to provide the foundational instruction and experience necessary for the development of exceptionally-talented independent practitioners of surgery in any setting. The program is uniquely able to prepare the future leaders of academic surgery.

The Department of Surgery is nationally recognized for the excellence of its surgical training programs ranking #1 in the Midwest and amongst public university programs ( The program consistently attracts outstanding candidates for residency positions. The surgical heritage at The University of Michigan is unusually strong and associated with such names as Charles deNancrede, Hugh Cabot, John Alexander, Cameron Haight, Reed Nesbit, Frederick Coller, C. Gardner Child, Jeremiah Turcotte, Arnold Coran, Norman Thompson, Lazar Greenfield, Robert Bartlett, James Stanley, and many others. There are over 100 full-time faculty members including basic scientists in biochemistry, immunology, bioengineering and physiology whose expertise enriches many areas of investigation. Additionally, the department and the program has unparalleled expertise and resources in Health Services Research and many of our residents have launched successful careers in these areas ( and

The program provides for supervised experience in all areas that constitute the principal components of general surgery. Thorough experience in these areas - which include diseases of the abdomen (liver pancreas, alimentary tract, etc.) breast, head and neck, skin and soft tissues, and endocrine systems as well as the management of trauma or burn patient - occurs primarily at the U-M Hospitals and Veterans Administration Hospitals. Excellent experience in solid organ transplantation, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, and bariatric surgery is also provided on specialty services and elective rotations.

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