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General Surgery

The General Surgery Residency Program was founded by Dr. Richard W. Zollinger and given Residency Review Committee (RRC) approval on October 31, 1955.

The Mount Carmel General Surgery residency training program offers a fully-accredited 5-year program designed to qualify residents for the American Board of Surgery examination and Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons. The surgical program is non-pyramidal and has 18 residents. There are three categorical program residents per year and three preliminary residents. The residency is based out of our two main hospitals, Mount Carmel West and Mount Carmel East, and our outpatient facility, Green Street Surgery Center. We look forward to meeting medical students from all over the country who are interested in pursuing an exceptional postgraduate surgical training program.

Our Mission

We seek to train general surgeons who are outstanding clinicians. Our graduates have an intense commitment to patient care and lifelong learning. We will assist in the development of clinical knowledge and maturity, as well as the acquisition of surgical judgment. We will provide our trainees with a strong foundation of academic excellence, sound technical skills, clinical research, and an understanding of contemporary issues in surgical practice.

Our general surgery program is committed to developing surgeons who on completion of their training are fully and completely capable and competent to practice the full range of general surgery in both urban and rural settings. We value and support any resident seeking fellowships. We have a long and successful history of our residents successfully fulfilling their Fellowship wishes.

Program Components

The General Surgery program features a balance of clinical and basic science that covers the entire primary and secondary surgical disciplines and prepares residents for certifying and qualifying examinations of the American Board of Surgery. Clinical and basic science research are strongly encouraged. General Surgery residents receive a full spectrum of surgical training, including training in head and neck, thoracic, cardiovascular, endocrine, trauma, gastrointestinal tract, pediatric, breast, neurologic, oncologic, plastic, urologic, and transplant surgery. Extensive peripheral vascular experience includes endovascular surgery, while a very busy advanced laparoscopic experience includes laparoscopic Nissens, colectomy(s), adrenalectomies, pancreatectomies, and splenectomies. Our residents are also involved in a busy bariatric surgery service that includes both open and laparoscopic gastric bypass procedures.

Our surgery program is affiliated with the Nationwide Children's Hospital for pediatric surgery and The Ohio State University Medical Center for transplant surgery. In addition, medical students from The Ohio State University, Wright State University and Ohio University rotate through our facility during their third and fourth years, as do other medical students from across America.

The Mount Carmel surgical training program has long been a stepping stone to appropriate subspecialty fellowship programs. Over the last 20 years, Mount Carmel graduates have been accepted into vascular, cardiovascular, colorectal, plastic surgery, and trauma/critical care fellowship programs.

A full range of academic conferences are offered Monday through Friday, and residents have the opportunity to attend an annual conference outside of the institution.

Our goal is to train surgeons who are excellent clinicians and who are well-schooled in the basic science of surgery procedures. Our attending staff is available to teach and counsel, and they value a close working relationships with residents and medical students.

The Surgery Residency Program has committed to strict adherence of the 80 hour rules adopted by the ACGME. PGY 1 residents are on a night float system, limited to 8 weeks a year. Categorical and Preliminary Surgical Residents are offered identical operative experience, rotations, call and benefits.

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