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Resident Training

Residency Training Programs

The Department of Surgery offers approved residency and fellowship programs in Congenital Heart, Craniofacial, General Surgery, Hand Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Integrated Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Integrated Thoracic Surgery Residency Training Program (I-6), Thoracic Surgery, Integrated Vascular Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Surgical Critical Care and Surgery Residencies in Other Departments. First-year residency positions in General Surgery, Integrated Vascular , Integrated Thoracic and Integrated Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are offered through the National Resident Matching Program. Applicants who have completed their training in General Surgery are eligible for applying for positions in our Pediatric, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery training programs; these positions are also offered through the National Resident Matching Program. Applicants who have completed their Plastic Surgery training are eligible for applying for positions in our Craniofacial and Hand Surgery training programs. There is an initial foundation period or core of basic training for General Surgery, Integrated Vascular, Integrated Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, Urology and Otolaryngology appointees.

Otolaryngology and Urology and appointees have a single year of core experience and begin their specific specialty training during the second year. About half of the core period is devoted to rotations within the Section of General Surgery (gastrointestinal, endocrine, burn/trauma, Surgical Oncology, peripheral vascular, transplantation). The remaining half comprises rotations in other services (Neurosurgery, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Thoracic Surgery). The core rotations take place at the University of Michigan Hospitals which includes C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. The goal of the core years is to provide the resident with broad training in the principles of all major areas of surgery as well as the progressive development of technical skills and surgical judgment.

The typical service on which the house officer rotates consists of attending staff surgeons, a chief resident, a senior resident, a second-year house officer (HO II) and two first-year house officers (HO I) and several medical students. This team cares for approximately 15-25 patients. House Officers are primarily responsible for the diagnostic workups, bedside procedures, preparation of the patients for operation and postoperative care. They also perform, under close supervision of the attending and resident staff, the more basic surgical procedures, such as herniorrhaphy, hemorrhoidectomy, appendectomy and cholecystectomy in General Surgery, and operations of similar magnitude while on other services.

Grand Rounds, Death and Complications Conference and General Surgery Teaching Conference take place on Thursday mornings. The entire Department of Surgery, including all attending staff, house officers and students, assemble for Surgery Grand Rounds and Death and Complications Conference each Thursday and one Thursday a month is devoted to Grand Rounds. Teaching Conference follows Death and Complications Conference and all residents and students are expected to attend. In addition, each Surgery Section also conducts several teaching conferences of its own each week; these are attended by the residents and attending staff of the section, as well as the students rotating on these services.

Residents are evaluated at the end of each rotation by the attending faculty and more senior residents. The Department administers the annual American Board of Surgery In-Service Training Examination to all residents during their core training experience. There are also mock Board Oral Examinations each year for Senior Residents.

The entering candidates are all highly qualified and the residency programs are planned with the goal of all categorical candidates completing the programs. Appointments are made on a yearly basis. The Department also sponsors additional Fellowships in specialty areas including Breast Surgery, Trauma/Acute Care Surgery, Surgical Critical Care and Transplantation Surgery. These fellowships consist of one year of clinical experience. They are designed to prepare candidates for positions in academic surgery. These programs are planned so as not to interfere with or dilute the responsibilities of the residents.

Congenital Heart Fellowship
General Surgery Residency Program
Hand Surgery Fellowship
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program
Pediatric Surgery Residency Program
Integrated Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Integrated Thoracic Surgery Residency Training Program (I-6)
Thoracic Surgery Residency Program
Integrated Vascular Surgery
Vascular Surgery Residency Program
Surgical Critical Care Surgery Residencies in Other Departments