The overall goal of the residency program, which consists of five or more years of general surgery residency, is to train sound, clinical surgeons able to function independently and/or pursue specialized training. Additionally, the program seeks to prepare residents for board certification.  Upon completion of training, the resident will be able to:


  • Make sound ethical and legal judgments appropriate for a qualified surgeon.
  • Manage surgical disorders based on a thorough knowledge of basic and clinical science.
  • Utilize appropriate skills in those surgical techniques required of a competent surgeon.
  • Use critical thinking when making decisions that affect patients’ life and that of their family.
  • Collaborate effectively with colleagues and other health care professionals.
  • Teach and share knowledge with colleagues, residents, students, and other health care providers.
  • Educate patients and their families about the patient’s health needs.
  • Demonstrate commitment to scholarly pursuits through conducting and evaluating research.
  • Provide cost-effective care to surgical patients and their families.
  • Value life-long learning as a necessary prerequisite to maintaining surgical knowledge and skill.