General Surgery

General Surgery Residency | CMU College of Medicine

Prepare for a career in a variety of surgical fields

The CMU College of Medicine's General Surgery residency program provides high-achieving physicians with top-quality training for a rewarding career in a broad range of surgical fields

We seek enthusiastic residents who want to make important contributions to the field, especially those who share our mission to expand services in Northern Michigan. Those who seek to contribute to the field in other places and in other ways will also find that our program offers outstanding training for whatever their personal mission in General Surgery may be.

Why choose CMU for general surgery?

The General Surgery program offers a challenging and rewarding training environment that allows residents to hone a wide set of advanced capabilities. Your professional growth is also aided by a new 46,000 square foot CMU College of Medicine educational building on the Covenant campus, which provides classrooms, labs, training spaces and a medical library.

As a resident, you'll train at two principal hospitals in Saginaw: Covenant HealthCare and Ascension St. Mary's Hospital. These serve as the primary referral centers for most of the Great Lakes Bay Region's complex medical care.

Our team of experienced faculty with a distinguished record of patient care and teaching excellence is central to the program's success. We've assembled an impressive group of leading surgeons with a broad range of board-certified specialties, including general surgery, surgical oncology, breast oncology, colon and rectal surgery, vascular surgery and surgical critical care. Additional experience and specialty interested include laparoscopic surgery, endocrine surgery, microsurgery and robotic surgery.

Program highlights

  • 5-year categorical program
  • Fully accredited by ACGME
  • Guided by a model of distributed community-engaged medical education with hospital partnerships serving as clinical affiliate sites
  • Two principal hospitals, serve as the primary referral centers for surgical care
  • Extensive research and publishing opportunities
  • Early operative exposure
  • Progressive clinical responsibility




General Surgery residents have one half day per week of conference that include: 

  • Grand Rounds
  • M&M
  • Basic Science
  • Selected Readings in General Surgery
  • Simulation Curriculum

In preparation for the ABS Certification, we participate in the ABS In-Training Examination.

General surgery in action

Our general surgery residents at work and play during their residency program.