General Surgery Residency

Residency Training Program

The General Surgery Residency Training Program at the University of Kentucky is a five year program fully accredited by the RRC.

To broaden their understanding of the role of surgical management in various disease processes, general surgery residents rotate on surgical subspecialty services during the junior years including pediatric surgery, transplantation, cardiothoracic surgery, orthopaedic surgery, urology, plastic surgery, etc. Senior residents rotating on the pediatric surgery and the cardiothoracic services gain a more comprehensive experience in these principal areas of general surgery. Residents rotate not only through the University of Kentucky Hospital, but also through the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, St. Joseph Hospital and St. Claire Regional Medical Center. This provides a broad and extensive surgical experience.

Our Operating Rooms have had continued upgrades and renovations, helping us improve our patient care. Plans for a new bed tower continue to move forward. The surgical services remain busy, providing our residents with excellent opportunities to learn. We are proud of our program and are committed to providing our residents with the best in surgical education.

These and other ongoing changes create an environment that will provide our residents with the opportunity to develop into outstanding surgeons.

One of the strategic goals of the Department of Surgery is to develop “one of the best residency training programs in the United States.” This is a lofty goal but one that we believe is attainable.

The Division of General Surgery is committed to educating superior clinical and academic surgeons. To achieve this goal, the general surgery residency program is structured to provide the opportunity for well-qualified and highly motivated individuals to participate in the care of a variety of patient problems and in scholarly activities. The residency program is fully accredited by the Surgery Residency Review Committee and is approved to graduate six chief residents each year. Six PGY-1 residents are accepted into the categorical general surgery program each year, providing a non-pyramidal structure to the program. Residents achieve clinical proficiency through graduated responsibility commensurate with their abilities and levels of training during five years of clinical experience. Graduates of the program consistently perform well on the American Board of Surgery’s Qualifying and Certification examinations. The division has embarked on a number of innovative educational programs to deliver an established curriculum (developed by residents and faculty) to the residents. Resident participation in research, either clinical or basic science, is encouraged. An orientation to the clinical skills needed to perform basic preoperative and postoperative surgical care is conducted for incoming interns.

The Division of General Surgery 

The faculty members within each section have particular interests and expertise, allowing residents to obtain in-depth training.

General surgery residents are encouraged to pursue academic interests and contribute to the surgical literature during their training. The opportunity to perform basic research is available to residents for one or two years after the third year of clinical training and is encouraged for those residents wishing to pursue academic surgical careers. This research experience may be obtained in one of the many funded laboratories at the university or at another facility.

The resident in general surgery is expected to maintain the highest level of quality patient care, professional demeanor, and personal integrity. The resident is expected to be both a student and a teacher: a student of the art and science of surgery and a teacher of fellow residents, colleagues, medical students, and nurses.

For information regarding the goals of the college, please visit the College of Medicine Educational Objectives page.