General Surgery


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  • General Surgery Residency

    The General Surgery residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) is an ACGME fully accredited five-year program. Applications for first postgraduate year (PGY-1) positions are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). Competitive applicants are invited to visit on designated Wednesdays in November, December and January.

    For academic year 2013-14, we will offer five Categorical and four Preliminary residency positions through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Selection is based upon academic records, recommendation letters and interviews without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, marital or veteran status, age or disability. The Categorical program is “non-pyramidal," finishing five general surgery chief residents annually. Each Preliminary position is for one year only. Two additional Preliminary positions are filled by UMMC Urology residency trainees.

    Approximately 85% of the five-year Categorical Surgery program is spent on the UMMC's 154-acre main campus in Jackson, the state capitol. On this campus are Batson Children's Hospital, Winfred G. Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants, Conerly Critical Care Hospital and  University Hospital, which opened in 2006. Adult outpatient clinics are located at the Jackson Medical Mall. Co-located on the main campus is the G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

    About 10% of the residency program is spent away from the main campus. Tupelo's North Mississippi Medical Center (NMMC) and the Surgical Clinic of Tupelo have been closely associated with the General Surgery residency for over 30 years. Resident housing is provided in Tupelo.

    The PGY-1 year builds an educational foundation in perioperative care and basic operative skills. Progressively increasing responsibility and operative experience occur from the beginning of the first year to the completion of the chief year. The surgery simulation center is located in the former Adult Hospital and is open continuously for resident use. The simulation curriculum is supplemented by in vivo laboratory sessions. UMMC consistently matches or exceeds the typical operative experience available in the United States. Each chief resident has primary responsibility for managing his/her surgical service, with readily available faculty support. General Surgery core conferences meet weekly, utilizing a variety of formats. All residents take the American Board of Surgery In-Service Training Examination annually.

    Each Categorical resident completes at least two research projects suitable for publication. Every Chief Resident presents his/her research work during the James D. Hardy Surgical Forum, competing for the Forum's resident prize. The Department financially supports resident travel for paper and poster presentations. Residents actively participate in medical student teaching and evaluation during all main campus rotations.

    All residents have three weeks of vacation per year. In-hospital call is no more often than every fourth night throughout the residency. Benefits include health insurance, retirement fund matching, and liability insurance.