General Surgery Residency Training Program



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Future colleagues:

I would like to welcome you on behalf of the Department of Surgery and I am grateful for your interest in the General Surgery Residency at Duke.  The decision on where to train in surgery represents the most important decision in the trajectory of a surgeon’s career.  Formal clinical training as well as research into basic or translational medicine will predict success in obtaining competitive fellowships and academic positions.

The Department of Surgery at Duke’s primary goal is to provide the best clinical and investigative program for students, residents and faculty.

The clinical training program in general surgery is dedicated to providing a comprehensive training program.  This encompasses the entire breadth of core general surgery and the general surgery subspecialties which includes cardiothoracic, abdominal transplant, oncology, vascular, endocrine, colorectal, trauma and pediatric surgery.  The Duke General Surgery Residency Program offers diverse clinical settings for training and includes Duke University, Duke Raleigh, Duke Regional and the Asheville/ Durham Veteran’s Administration Hospitals.

An exemplary and well-rounded educational program for residents in training has been developed.  Formalized meetings include weekly conferences such as Grand Rounds, Deaths & Complications, Chairman’s Rounds and the Chief Resident Conference which provide a curriculum geared towards both formal and self-directed learning.  Also integrated into the educational program is a world- class simulation curriculum housed in the American College of Surgeons accredited SEAL lab (Simulation and Educational Activities Lab) located in the medical school.  Our simulation activities encompass the entire gamut of modalities including video/box trainers, fresh-tissue, live animal and cadaver experiences.

The cornerstone of the General Surgery Residency at Duke is the two year research fellowship integrated between the second and third clinical years.  It is during these two years that our surgical residents begin investigation into basic science or clinical outcomes research.  There are innumerable basic science opportunities not only in the Departments of Surgery /Surgical Sciences, but also across both the graduate and undergraduate campuses.  There are also multiple dual-degree opportunities via the Duke Clinical Research Training Program, the Fuqua School of Business, and the Duke Clinical Research Institute.  The goal of this research experience is to create thought leaders in academic surgery at both an institutional and national level.  In addition, there are numerous international outreach opportunities via the Duke Global Health Institute that blend both research and service in a sustainable manner.

There are a number of factors to be considered when choosing a residency program and clearly, one of the most important is the track record of the recent graduates.  The training program is intentionally broad-based and has produced graduates with a wide variety of clinical and research interests.  As you will find in the summaries on our website, our graduates obtain access to the most highly sought-after academic jobs and specialty training fellowship programs.

I hope that over the course of your interview experience you come away as excited as I am about our programs.

Our faculty in the Surgery Department is proud of our program and achievements and are honored that accomplished medical students such as you have expressed interest in our residency.  We encourage questions and hope you enjoy your visit.

Sincerely yours,

John Migaly, MD

Program Director

General Surgery Residency

Resident Candidate's Guide

For those considering our program, we've prepared a guide to highlight the benefits of training with us

See the achievements of past residents and learn more about the research and faculty who guide the resident experience at Duke Surgery.