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Program Highlights

The General Surgery Residency Program rests on the three-part foundation of practical Clinical experience, a thorough and up-to-date curriculum, meaningful research and excellent training sites including Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital, and Rochester General Hospital. We accept seven residents per year who are guided by a faculty comprised of more than a fifty physicians, all of whom are experts in one or more of the general surgical disciplines.


  • The Department's educational mission is underscored by its General Surgery Residency Program with 6 ACGME approved residency training programs or fellowships.
  • The Department offers a translational research experience for those interested in a doctoral degree in the basic sciences, which is supported by surgical research mentors or for those postgraduates who would like postdoctoral fellowships in the translational research cores.
  • The Department hosts numerous educational symposia, conferences and seminars, which are organized and coordinated through the Office of Surgical Education. There are over 20 weekly conferences, clinics or seminars.
  • The URMC Department of Surgery is deeply committed to the well-being of residents and faculty.
  • The Department of Surgery has partnered with leaders in the field of robot-assisted surgery to train our residents in robotic surgery skills. Utilizing an evidence-based curriculum, the residents are supervised and mentored by fellowship trained robotic surgeons. The training occurs over 3-tiers.
  1.  Basic skills proficiency: training to expert levels on a standalone virtual reality Da Vinci surgical skills simulator, dedicated for resident training. The training is guided by expert video demonstrations and immediate online feedback in addition to monthly formative feedback sessions. 
  2. Full procedural simulations: utilizing models developed by the 3-D printing and bio-materials laboratory at the University of Rochester, the residents are scheduled to complete 3 interactive full procedural simulations including cholecystectomy, sigmoid resection and low anterior resection.  These models enable realistic practicing of the various procedural steps in a risk free environment, bridging the gap between basic skills and live procedures. 
  3. Operative room training: on completion of the first two modules the residents start with 10 cases as a bed side assists prior to completing 10 supervised cases in the operating room.

A Robotics training certificate is provided to the residents upon completion of the curriculum

Program Office

General Surgery Residency Program
University of Rochester Medical Center
601 Elmwood Avenue, P.O. Box SURG
Rochester, NY 14642
Program Administrator: Amy Mills
(585) 275-2723