Trainees at Michigan’s Section of General Surgery can expect:
- The most diverse cases and clinical settings: Surgery trainees gain experience with all facets of general surgery — from abdominal conditions to endocrine disorders to trauma and burn — and learn from U-M’s experts in solid organ transplantation, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, and bariatric surgery on specialty services and elective rotations. Your training ground includes the top-ranked Michigan Medicine academic medical center, and the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System.
- Excellent career outcomes: General surgery residents finish in the top 1 percent in the country for experience with high complexity and rare cases. General Surgery at the University of Michigan is one of the largest and most well-funded academic surgical teams of its kind in the country.
- Personalized learning opportunities: Trainees have their pick of opportunities to pursue research, leadership development, additional degrees, and other complementary learning options, in addition to their clinical training. Residents may pursue a 2-year period of formal Academic Development Time after their third year of clinical training.
Learn more about our training programs for medical students, residents, and fellows:
Medical Student Education
As a medical student, you’ll be welcomed into a department that cares deeply about educating the next leaders in our field. Learning opportunities for medical students include:
- M3 clerkships and M4 sub-internships
- SCRUBS Program for M1 and M2 students exploring career interests in surgery, with opportunities to shadow in the OR, participate in surgical simulation training, and compete in the Surgery Olympics
- Surgery Forum, which offers focused preparation for ERAS applications
- Interview Boot Camp, which offers advice and practice for the residency interview process
- M4 Surgery Boot Camp, focusing on what you can expect from a surgical residency
- Surgery Leadership Weekend, which prepares you to apply for and match in academic surgery, as well as providing mentoring for future surgical leaders
Residency & Fellowship
Our General Surgery Residency Program ranks No. 1 in the nation for public institutions, and the caliber of our trainees is excellent, with a fellowship acceptance rate of 100% for the most recent 2-year period. Fellowships provide additional opportunity to focus and specialize, with fellows serving as integral members of our interdisciplinary teams across oncology, endocrine surgery, critical care, and colorectal surgery.