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Program Overview
Program Facts:
  • We are a fully accredited five-year surgical residency program with two graduating residents per year.
  • Residents complete between 900 and 1,200 major cases by the time of graduation.
  • Fellowship training:
    • While the majority of our graduates choose to go into private practice after graduation, a significant number of graduates have completed fellowships in critical care and trauma, cardiothoracic, vascular, colorectal, and plastic surgery.
  • As a chief resident, you are given the opportunity to attend a weeklong “Specialty Review in General Surgery” course (Osler Course).  Residents are not required to use vacation or conference time days to attend the course and CMU Health pays for all travel, lodging, registration and meal expenses.
  • Central Michigan University provides free ongoing training and certification to residents in ultrasound, ACLS, ATLS and FLS.
  • We have a certified Level 2 trauma center and an active bariatric center.
  • Residents and staff are actively involved in teaching medical students in their training.

Community Based:
  • ​The General Surgery Residency is a five-year categorical  general surgery residency graduating two chief residents per year.
  • Facilities consist of two major hospitals with almost 1,000 beds and a 23-county referral area totaling approximately 1 million people.
  • Our residents come from many different states. Approximately 60 percent of graduating residents enter private practice, while the remainder pursue additional training in many fields.
  • Our focus is to produce a well-rounded surgeon grounded in the fundamental principles of operations and patient care
  • 25 percent of graduated residents practice in the Saginaw area.
  • Residents are provided with a rich educational experience in a variety of clinical settings. The training encompasses education in basic science; cognitive and technical skills; development of clinical knowledge and maturity; and acquisition of surgical judgment.
  • ​Upon completing the program, each resident has performed 950 operations as primary surgeon and 350 as first assistant.
  • To prepare our residents to become surgeons of the highest caliber, appropriate emphasis is placed on a structured and well-rounded didactic curriculum. Residents attend weekly surgical conferences that include:
    • Surgical grand rounds
    • Surgical conferences with guest speakers
    • Resident study sessions
    • Basic science conferences
    • Morbidity and mortality

Peer Reviewed Research/Publications:

Surgery residents are encouraged to pursue research projects in basic clinical surgery. Each resident prepares and presents his or her research at the department's annual resident competition. Residents receive strong support from CMU Health's research department, which is staffed by a full-time director, a dedicated research assistant and employees with expertise in computer technology, slide production and much more.