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 allopathic programs nationally: Approximately 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.
englesbe@umich.edu
734-936-9623

Jonathon Finks, M.D.
Associate Clerkship Director Surgery
jfinks@med.umich.edu 
734-936-5792

David Hughes, M.D.
davhughe@med.umich.edu 
734-936-0231

Gifty Kwakye, M.D.
Assistant Clerkship Director Surgery
gkwakye@med.umich.edu  
734-647-9710

Rishi Reddy, M.D.
Clerkship Director
Surgeryreddyrm@umich.edu
734-763-7337

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

Information on the ASDP-SCRUBS program is available at: http://scrubs-asdp.medicine.umich.edu

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 http://surgery.med.umich.edu/portal/education/mse/shadowing.shtml

Karla Robinson
Surgery Clerkship Coordinator, SCRUBS liason
zinn@med.umich.edu 
734.615.2851 

Resources

American College of Surgeons

Suggested Journals, Books & Information for Interested Students

 Complications in Surgery, 2006.

  • Surgery: Scientific Principles and Practice, 2010.
  • Success in Academic Surgery: A How to Guide For Medical Students, ed MJ Englesbe and MO Meyers, 2017.
  • So You Want to Be A Surgeon: An Online Guide to Selecting and Matching with the Best Surgery Residency, https://www.facs.org/education/resources/residency-search