Why Choose UCSD?

The UC San Diego Department of Surgery is committed to educating surgeons of the future. The department offers fully accredited academic residency training programs and fellowships in a number of surgical specialties. Our programs provide the opportunity to train in clinical care and research with highly respected experts and innovators in surgery. 

UC San Diego's General Surgery Residency Program, led by Dr. Garth Jacobsen, continues on a trajectory towards becoming one of the preeminent programs in the country.  Our graduates are of the highest caliber, as demonstrated by the highly competitive post-training positions they secure; their incredible academic productivity; and their 100% first-time pass rate on the most recent certifying and qualifying exams for the American Board of Surgery. 

​UCSD trainees are able to take advantage of state-of-the-art training and research facilities, including the Center for the Future of Surgery, where residents, fellows, medical students, and faculty train on simulation equipment in a risk-free environment.

Trainees also play a crucial role in the scope of our basic, clinical and translational research endeavors, which extend from the laboratory, where fundamental questions are being asked about the mechanisms that underlie human disease, to the community, where faculty are developing new methods for cancer education, outreach, and injury prevention. 


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