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Program Description

The General Surgery Residency Program conducted by the Department of Surgery of the University of Massachusetts Medical School is accredited by the ACGME, with approval for 7 categorical residents per year. These residents are selected each year for comprehensive clinical training in preparation for a career in general surgery. Over the course of five years, residents are provided a comprehensive and unique experience in general surgery and its various subspecialties.

Rotation Sites

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UMass University Campus provides educational opportunities in several important subspecialties including transplantation, pediatric surgery, vascular surgery, and trauma surgery, as well as a focused advanced ICU experience. It is the primary site for instruction of upper and lower endoscopy for mid-level residents. It is an excellent setting for the care of diverse and critically ill patients, as well as for general, minimally invasive, and emergency surgery. The University Campus also houses the UMass and departmental simulation centers.


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UMass Memorial Campus is the major center for care and treatment of surgical oncology, thoracic, colorectal, and bariatric patients. These are extremely busy services with high volume cases. Residents are afford additional opportunities in endoscopy as well as advanced minimal invasive and robotics, general, and vascular surgery. Interns are provided with experience in basic critical care in the Surgical ICU serving this patient population.

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Milford Regional Hospital is a community hospital located in Milford, MA. Six UMass Department of Surgery faculty members have busy practices located at this hospital. The rotation has been established in order to provide a comprehensive experience in community surgery and common general surgery procedures. Our faculty members perform approximately 1500 cases per year which include abdominal wall hernias, bariatric, biliary tract disease, small and large bowel, breast and skin/soft tissue, robotic surgery (including bariatrics), and advanced upper GI and colorectal laparoscopic surgery.

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St. Vincent’s Hospital is a 321-bed acute care, community hospital located in Worcester, MA. Residents rotate on general surgery, thoracic, and vascular, during which time they are exposed to a wide range of operative procedures ranging from minimally invasive endovascular aortic repairs and video assisted thoracoscopic surgeries to carotid endarterectomies and thoracotomies. The general surgery service at St. Vincent’s provides residents a breadth of elective cases in bariatric, endocrine, breast, and acute care surgical cases.

Hahnemann Campus and The Surgery Center were added in 2019-2020 as two dedicated outpatient surgery sites dedicated to essential general surgical procedures. Residents are responsible only for the duties at the time of the operative procedure and work in an apprentice model with faculty at these sites. These sites, each located about 1 mile from the main campus, continue to fulfill a critical role, particularly in the Roadmap to Recovery after the COVID19 pandemic surge.


Sample Rotations and Call Duties

Click here to see sample rotations from PGY-1 to PGY-5 for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Calls average to no more than every 3rd night. A night float system is used at the University Campus. Chief residents and those at Milford take call from home.