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General Surgery Residency


The surgical internship and 1st year residency in surgery are combined into a single year for which dual credit is given. The year involves approximately 6 months of general surgery, 5 one-month rotations to the surgical specialties, and 4 weeks of vacation. The specialty rotations, which are assigned according to individual preference and service needs, include opportunities for experience in cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, otolaryngology, trauma, and urology. UC San Diego Medical Center, Jacobs Medical Center and the VA Medical Center are utilized for training.

The responsibilities during the 1st post­ MD year involve the total care of all patients under the supervision of the faculty and senior resident staff. The duties include working up patients, prescribing and administering treatment, and participating in operations. Operative responsibilities are assigned according to progress in training and ability. The intern participates in a large number of teaching exercises at the bedside and in formal conferences and shares with the senior resident staff the responsibility for presenting cases at these activities. The categorical internship 1st­-year residency in surgery, or comparable training at another institution, is a prerequisite for further residency training in all of the surgical specialties.

All applicants are selected through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).