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Surgery, General (Categorical) Residency (Minnesota)

Program description

General Surgery Residency Program

Mayo Clinic - Rochester offers a dynamic and robust five-year categorical general surgery residency program. During your training in this program, your responsibilities will increase with your experience, capability and performance. The opportunity for you to learn about and perform both common (gallbladder, hernia, appendix, etc.) and complex (liver, pancreas, stomach, aorta, etc.) procedures in a one-on-one setting with Mayo surgeons is key to creating stellar young surgeons. In addition to caring for patients in their clinical practices, Mayo Clinic's faculty members are committed to teaching and facilitating the growth of medical knowledge. Our faculty members are recognized leaders in their field, publishing more than 300 papers each year; and lecturing extensively with more than 200 presentations annually. You will have direct access to these individuals throughout your training program.

Throughout your residency, you will write all orders and be responsible for managing your patients. You will participate in rounds each morning as part of a small team working with one staff surgeon. During rounds new patients will be presented, inpatient management will be reviewed, and teaching sessions will be held.

Joint Surgery and Thoracic Surgery Program

Mayo Clinic in Minnesota offers a Joint Surgery and Thoracic Surgery Program, known as the fast-track 4+3 program, which makes residents eligible for certification through the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. After completing the seven years of training, the resident has comprehensive exposure to both general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery.

There are two tracks in the joint program: General thoracic surgery (GTS) and cardiovascular surgery (CVS). Positions are offered via the National Resident Matching Program to fourth year medical students through the categorical general surgery residency match. We encourage those interested to apply to this pathway through the Electronic Residency Application Service.

Applying as a medical student the joint program is a new opportunity beginning with the 2013 match. The program was established in 2006; but previously recruited only internal categorical general surgery residents.

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The General Surgery Residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and is approved for 11 categorical positions per year.


Every resident who successfully completes Mayo's General Surgery Residency Program is eligible for certification through the American Board of Surgery.

Program history

While surgery instruction and teaching dates back to the earliest days of Mayo, the General Surgery Residency formally began in 1915, when the Mayo Brothers created the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. The program became accredited by the American Board of Surgery in the 1950s and by the forerunner of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education in the 1970s. Since that time, hundreds have completed their training in General Surgery at the Mayo Clinic.

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  • Sep 25, 2012
  • ART674608