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.

Jonathan Finks, M.D.
Associate Clerkship Director Surgery 

David Hughes, M.D.
Associate Clerkship Director Surgery 

Gifty Kwakye, M.D.
Clerkship Director Surgery  

Rishi Reddy, M.D.

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

Information on the ASDP-SCRUBS program is available at:

Karla Robinson
Surgery Clerkship Coordinator, SCRUBS liason 


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,