Program Description and Sample Rotations

The General Surgery Residency Program conducted by the Department of Surgery of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, is accredited by the ACGME (Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education) and is authorized for forty-seven resident positions by the RRC. With six chief residents graduating each year, this rectangular program accepts six PGY-1 categorical residents to begin general surgery training each July 1. These residents are selected each year for comprehensive clinical training in preparation for a career in general surgery. Over the course of five years, residents are provided a comprehensive and unique experience in general surgery and its various subspecialties.

Rotation Sites

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UMass University Campus provides educational opportunities in several important subspecialties including transplantation, pediatric surgery, vascular surgery, and trauma surgery, as well as a focused advanced ICU experience. It is the primary site for instruction of upper and lower endoscopy for mid-level residents. It is an excellent setting for the care of diverse and critically ill patients, as well as for general, minimally invasive, and emergency surgery. The University Campus also houses the UMass simulation center as well as the departmental simulation lab.


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UMass Memorial Campus is the major center for care and treatment of surgical oncology, thoracic, colorectal and bariatric patients. These are extremely busy services with high case volumes. Residents are also afforded additional opportunities in general and vascular surgery, and the interns are provided with experience in basic critical care in the Surgical ICU in preparation for subsequent training



Photo of Milford Regional HospitalMilford Regional Hospital is a community hospital located in Milford, MA. Six UMass Department of Surgery faculty members have busy practices located at this hospital. The rotation has been established in order to provide a comprehensive experience in community surgery and common general surgery procedures. Our faculty members perform approximately 1500 cases per year which include abdominal wall hernias, bariatric, biliary tract disease, small and large bowel, breast and skin/soft tissue, robotic surgery (including bariatrics), and advanced upper GI and colorectal laparoscopic surgery.

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St. Vincent’s Hospital is a 321-bed acute care, community hospital located in Worcester, MA. Residents rotate primarily on the vascular and thoracic surgery services during which time they are exposed to a wide range of operative procedures ranging from minimally invasive endovascular aortic repairs and video assisted thoracoscopic surgeries to carotid endarterectomies and thoractomies. The general surgery service at St. Vincent’s also provides residents a breadth of elective cases in bariatric surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery, endocrine surgery, breast surgery and more, as well as acute care surgical cases. This rotation is unique as it provides an opportunity to work in teams comprised of residents from both Beth Israel Deaconess (Boston, MA) and St. Elizabeth’s (Brighton, MA)


Sample Rotations

Click here to see sample rotations from PGY-1 to PGY-5 for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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