General Surgery Residency Program
The surgical pathology, severity of disease and degree of autonomy afforded to the residents in this program make it truly one-of-a-kind. At the completion of five years of clinical training, the graduating resident will have the confidence to handle any clinical situation and will have gained extensive experience as a clinical leader.
Resident education is made possible by an unwavering commitment from Dr. Vaughn Starnes, MD, chair of the Department of Surgery. The Department of Surgery earmarks more than $1.5 million every year in support of the educational programs for residents. Dr. Maura Sullivan, PhD Educator and Vice Chair of Education, has organized a robust organizational structure that integrates clinical experience with the latest skills lab, simulation and didactic instruction. As a result, graduates of the program have gone onto some of the most prestigious and competitive fellowship programs across the country.
Overall, there are few programs in the country that provide the breadth of training that is offered within the USC General Surgery Residency Program. Our residents train at one of the country’s largest public hospitals, a university tertiary care hospital, an NCI-designated cancer center, two private community hospitals, and a nationally renowned children’s hospital. We stress excellence in producing well-rounded surgeons with significant clinical experience and the confidence that only comes with the graduated resident autonomy for which the program is known.