General Surgery Residency

General surgery faculty attending & resident surgical team, Emory University School of Medicine.

The following text is a summary of the general surgery residency. For more detailed information, please see the general surgery residency section of the training tier of the Emory Surgery website.

The general surgery residency of the Department of Surgery of the Emory University School of Medicine is a five-year training program accredited by the ACGME and approved by the Surgery Residency Review Committee for nine categorical positions and five non-designated preliminary positions. Residents from the integrated plastic surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, and oral and maxillofacial surgery residencies also rotate with our program, as well as residents matched in Emory's urology program that require surgical training.

Residents rotate through seven hospitals: Emory University Hospital, an adult, tertiary care facility; Emory University Hospital Midtown, an open staff hospital with both full-time and volunteer faculty; Grady Memorial Hospital, the Atlanta-area public hospital containing a Level I Trauma Center and American Burn Association-verified Burn Unit; the Atlanta VA Medical Center, a major affiliate of Emory School of Medicine staffed by Emory physicians; Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, one of the largest pediatric multispecialty group practices in the country; St. Joseph's Hospital in northeast Atlanta, which serves as an additional site for complex surgical oncology; and Piedmont Hospital, a private facility that has been serving Atlanta for over 100 years. Please see Facilities and Rotations for more details on these hospitals.

Special features of the Emory general surgery residency include simulation-based, minimally invasive surgical training; an option to pursue early specialization training (ESP), including ESP in cardiac or vascular surgery and the option to participate in Flexibility in Surgical Training; clinical or research rotations in Ethiopia via our Global Surgery Program; and our robust, extramural studies program which includes traditional bench-top research, studies in public health, outcomes analysis, and clinical research with support for pursuing such advanced degrees as an MBA, MPH, Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation, or PhD. With an academic mission that encompasses more than developing superior technical skills, we also give residents the resources to pursue leadership roles in such fields as health administration, policy initiatives, and global health.