General Surgery
 

Overview of the Specialty 

General surgeons are trained to manage a broad spectrum of diseases and injuries to almost any area of the body which requires surgery. These physicians are involved in diagnosis and treatment as well as pre-, intra- and post-operative care. They are usually responsible for the comprehensive management of trauma and critical care patients as well. Although its scope is broad, general surgery usually involves the abdomen, breasts, peripheral vasculature, skin and neck. General surgeons today in the United States only rarely perform complex neurologic, orthopaedic, thoracic or urologic procedures.

Training Requirements

Training consists of a minimum of five years of postgraduate education in general surgery training in an ACGME-accredited general surgery residency training program (this training may be reduced to four years in select training programs for those pursuing certain fellowships). There are 258 general surgery residency training programs accredited by the ACGME for 2015-16. In 2015, the NRMP offered 1,224 categorical positions in General Surgery (see table). Here is an online guide through the American College of Surgeons to choosing a surgical residency: http://www.facs.org/education/resources/medical-students.

Matching Program Information and Match Statistics

General surgery residency training programs participate in the NRMP. Match results through the NRMP and competitiveness information for general surgery residency training positions are summarized in the U.S. Match Statistics table below.

US Match Statistics

2015

2014

2013

2012

Competitiveness*

Interm Interm

High

Interm

# Categorical/ Advanced positions available for U.S. Seniors

1224

1205

1185

1146

% U.S. Seniors matched*

92%

91%

89%

91%

# Unfilled Categorical/ Advanced Positions

2

7

5

3

# Unmatched U.S. seniors

66

68

86

71

Source: NRMP Match results for U.S. seniors applying in a single specialty. *Competitiveness is based upon the percentage of U.S. Seniors who ranked each specialty as their only choice.

WUSM Match Statistics

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Subspecialty/Fellowship Training

Subspecialty/fellowship training following completion of general surgery residency training program is available in colorectal surgery, minimally invasive surgery, surgical oncology (also including hepatobiliary surgery, endocrine surgery, and/or breast oncology), transplant, vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, plastic surgery, burn surgery, acute care surgery, surgical critical care, trauma, and cardiac or thoracic surgery. Detailed information about the scope of these subspecialty training programs, number of positions offered and length of training is available in the GMED. Further information can be obtained from the American Medical Association and the Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database Access page.
American Medical Association (AMA)
FREIDA

Career Information

FREIDA physician workforce information for each specialty includes statistical information on the number of positions/programs for residency training, resident work hours, resident work environment and compensation, employment status upon completion of program and work environment for those entering practice in each specialty.

Washington University Resources

Washington University Graduate Medical Education: GME
Information about graduate medical education at Washington University

Washington University Department Website:
Department of Surgery

Washington University General Surgery Residency website:  http://gsres.wustl.edu.

 

Faculty Contacts:  General Surgery

General Surgery/Acute and Critical Care Surgery

Kareem Husain, MD

362-9342

John Kirby, MD

   747-1272

General Surgery/Colorectal

Elisa Birnbaum, MD

454-7182

Steven Hunt, MD

   454-8331

Sean Glasgow, MD

   454-7177

Matthew Mutch, MD

454-7177

Paul Wise, MD

   362-8028

General Surgery/Hepatobiliary Pancreatic

Ryan Fields, MD

362-8028

General Surgery / Minimally Invasive (MIS)

L. Michael Brunt, MD

454-7234

Michael Awad, MD, PhD

   362-7122

General Surgery/Surgical Oncology and Endocrinology

Rebecca Aft, MD

747-0063

General Surgery/Transplant Surgery

William Chapman, MD

362-7792

Majella Doyle, MD

362-2880

Jason Wellen, MD, MBA

   747-1393

Surendra Shenoy, MD

362-4338

General Surgery/Vascular

Jeffrey Jim, MD, MPHS, FACS

362-7145

Luis Sanchez, MD

362-7408

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Traves Crabtree, MD

362-8089

Ralph Damiano, MD

362-7327

Pirooz Eghtesady, MD

454-6165

Bryan Meyers, MD

362-8598

Daniel Kreisel, MD

362-6021

Alexander (Sasha) Krupnick

362-9181

Jennifer Lawton, MD

362-2821

Alec Patterson, MD

362-6025

Pediatric Surgery

Kathryn Bernabe, MD

454-6066

Brad Warner, MD

   454-6022


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National Organizations

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American College of Surgeons

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons

Association for Academic Surgery

At A Glance
Training
4-5 years of residency
Categorical and advanced
positions available
These are minimum requirements.
Some programs may have longer residencies.
Fellowships
Subspecialty Length
Breast Surgery 1 year
Cardiothoracic Surgery 2-3 years
Colorectal Surgery 1 year
Critical Care Medicine 1-2  years
Hand Surgery 1 year
Minimally Invasive Surgery 1 year
Pediatric Surgery 1-2 years
Surgical Critical Care 1 year
Surgical Oncology 1-2 years
Transplant Surgery 1-2 years
Vascular Surgery 1-2 years
Lifestyle
Median, Academic Salary $358,000
Median, Clinical Salary $383,000
Source:AAMC