Welcome to our General Surgical Residency website. We are a new 5 year General Surgery program that is fully accredited by the ACGME. Our main teaching hospital is Saint Thomas West located in Nashville Tennessee. Saint Thomas West Hospital has a rich history in surgical education. Since the 1940s there have been residents associated with the surgical service at Saint Thomas. It is only now that we have established our own program associated with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. The mission for our General Surgery program is to produce affable and technically excellent general surgeons who can practice independently the discipline of general surgery as outlined and governed by the American Board of Surgery. Individuals finishing the program will be well prepared for subspecialty fellowship training if desired. Our program is designed to fulfill this mission by providing a scrutinized curriculum inclusive of a wealth of clinical material and an environment that is safe and collegial and offers the opportunity for professional and personal maturation.
Our residency will be a clinical experience that lasts 60 months. Interns will be assigned to services in General Surgical and Vascular teams as our core rotations. We believe it will be beneficial for interns to be on rotations with upper level residents who will help them identify the roles and responsibilities of becoming an intern in the program. During the second year residents will have their initial exposure to trauma, intensive care unit, pediatric surgery, breast/plastics, endocrine, and rotate on one or two months of the core rotations. During the third clinical year residents will again rotate on the core rotations but also be exposed to a concentrated rotation in endocrine surgery and endoscopy rotations. During the fourth clinical year the residents will have senior rotations on trauma and pediatric surgery as well as a transplant experience. Fourth year residents will also rotate one month on the core rotations, and then may elect to concentrate their interests into an elective. During the Chief year residents will be responsible for running their respected core service of the program.