Program Overview

About Our General Surgery Program

We are a community-based program with all the benefits of a large health system with access to the latest technology and innovations in surgery. This is a 5-year program that provides residents with a broad experience in surgery and a good balance of clinical training and structured education.

Our main goal is to prepare the resident for a career in a general surgical practice or post-residency fellowship training. Many recent graduates have directly entered a general surgical practice while others have matched prestigious fellowships in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Critical Care Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Minimally Invasive and Laparoscopic Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Breast Surgery, and Reconstructive Breast Surgery. Progression from PGY-I to PGY-V level involves a graded increase in responsibility commensurate with the resident's skills and abilities. Operative experience begins on day one as a surgical intern. Recent chief surgical residents have graduated with around 1100-1200 major cases.

A unique aspect of our program is the emphasis and experience with advanced laparoscopic cases. We have a very active Bariatric Surgery service (25-35 cases/month) with no fellow. Surgical residents cover all of these cases, including both robotic and laparoscopic revisional laparoscopic bariatric surgery, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy.  Residents train with both seasoned bariatric surgeons as well as newer fellowship trained bariatric surgeons well versed in robotic surgery.


Our education schedule includes weekly M&M conference, tumor board twice a month, monthly journal club, and program didactics that occur twice a week following the SCORE curriculum.   Alongside the programs own didactic schedule, all general surgical residency programs in Michigan participate in a monthly educational conference with guest speakers on major surgical topics.  You can visit the Michigan Statewide Campus System at for details.  

The program has required monthly simulation training for interns to help train for certification in Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS).  Funding for Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES) and FLS is provided by the program. All Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital surgery residents take the annual American Board of Surgery In-Training Exam (ABSITE).