General Surgery

A surgeon manages a broad spectrum of surgical conditions affecting almost any area of the body. The surgeon establishes the diagnosis and provides the preoperative, operative, and postoperative care to surgical patients and is usually responsible for the comprehensive management of the trauma victim and the critically ill surgical patient.


Residency Training

  • Duration of training: 5 clinical years. Can be 5-7 years depending on time spent on research.
  • Number of programs nationally: 253.
  • Number of entering residency positions per year: 1,185.
  • Types of fellowships or subspecialties: Thoracic, Vascular, Transplant, Trauma, Colorectal, Pediatric Surgery, Critical Care, Oncology. 
  • Type of Match: Regular.
  • Overall competitiveness: Competitive


Primary Faculty Contact for M1's and M2's

Michael Englesbe, M.D.


Rishi Reddy, M.D.


David Hughes, M.D.


The Academic Surgeon Development Program - SCRUBS at the University of Michigan

Information on the ASDP-SCRUBS program is available at:


Shadowing or Mentoring Experiences Available to M1's or M2's

A list of surgery faculty who are willing to mentor M1 and M2 students or have them shadow them is available at



American College of Surgeons


Suggested Journals, Books & Information for Interested Students

  • Complications in Surgery, 2006.
  • Surgery: Scientific Principles and Practice, 2010.