General Surgery Residency Program

Academic faculty Slate Wilson, M.D.The general surgery residency program at Oregon Health & Science University is one of the nation’s largest, graduating 12 residents per year. In addition to its size, the program is unique because it offers a breadth of diversity in training via rotations at eight different hospitals in the Portland metropolitan area, and one in southern Oregon. The hospitals include a University-based medical center, a VA medical center, an HMO, and community-based hospitals. Residents are exposed to a wide variety of teaching and practice models.

The curriculum includes skills labs for residents at all levels, from instruction in laparoscopic technique to round-table discussion regarding medical ethics and professionalism. Skills labs currently take place in VirtuOHSU, the simulation classroom overseen by the Department of Surgery, but will move to a state-of-the-art center on OHSU’s main campus in September 2014.

The residency also includes an optional year of clinical research (granted through an application process in the resident’s third clinical year of training) or a year of rural surgery training in Grants Pass, Oregon. The rural surgery year is counted as a clinical year of training by the American Board of Surgery. Two residents are eligible each academic year, as selected by the Program Director. Residents participate in cases with urologists, orthopedic surgeons, and obstetrician-gynecologists, along with general surgeons.

Academic faculty Donn Spight, M.D. with residentMost general surgery residents do elect to do one year of clinical research between their third and fourth years of training. After their proposal is reviewed and accepted by the Department of Surgery Research Committee, residents begin their research year on July 1st. In addition to research, residents in their research year do take occasional call when necessary, participate on a variety of OHSU Committees, and assist with the general surgery residency interview process. Find out more about research opportunities in the Department of Surgery.

Upon completion of the residency training program, many residents opt to do specialty fellowships. Recent graduates have obtained fellowships in such institutions as Johns Hopkins, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the Cleveland Clinic. However, residents are well prepared to enter the independent practice of general surgery if they decide to forego additional training.

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ACS Transition to Practice Program

The OHSU Department of Surgery offers the American College of Surgeons Transition to Practice Program in General Surgery: an opportunity to transition directly from residency to independent surgical practice. 

Visit the ACS TTP website for a complete description and overview of our program 

To request an application, contact the American College of Surgeons at (312) 202-5491 or e-mail