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About This Program
The goals of the UCSF General Surgery Residency Program are two-fold. The first is to prepare residents to become safe, qualified, board-certified surgical practitioners. The second is to train residents to be future teachers and leaders in surgery. A review of graduates from the past 30 years indicates that greater than 80% continue in fellowship programs and almost half become surgical academicians associated with university departments of surgery. The program prepares residents for any career they may choose, teaching them on services from all of the general surgery specialties (Gastrointestinal, Hepatobiliary, Colorectal, Vascular, Pediatric, Transplantation, Cardiothoracic, Plastic, Trauma and Endocrine Surgery). Residents are also exposed to other surgical specialties (ENT, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Urology) as well as Critical Care and Anesthesia. The first two years of surgical training are devoted to the acquisition of knowledge and skill in the pre-operative and post-operative management of patients. In the last three years the development of operative skill, surgical judgment, decision-making and leadership is emphasized. The learning experience is based primarily on direct patient care. The experience is rounded out with formal teaching exercises that include service rounds, surgical technique workshops, research seminars, basic science conference, morbidity and mortality conference, and departmental grand rounds.