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Surgical Education and the training of medical students, residents, fellows and physicians in practice is an integral piece of our Division’s academic endeavors. We strive as group to cultivate those individuals with a passion for surgery, through one on one teaching opportunities, educational course series options, and hands-on instruction in clinical and laboratory settings.

Medical Students
Honor’s Program
The Honors Program in Surgery is an elective course for medical students in their fourth year, who are interested in pursuing a career in a surgical field. Course work is spread out over a nine month period. Selected students will participate in approximately five journal clubs, lectures, two - three animate/FLS labs, clinical didactics, and the MED III Surgical Anatomy Lab. The animate labs cover abdominal surgery, vascular & thoracic surgery, and possibly minimally invasive surgery. Topics discussed in journal clubs include tumor biology, surgical infections & wounds, informed consent & other legal matters, principles of trauma management, and pre- & post-operative care. Lecture topics may include respiratory therapy, abdominal radiographic findings, transfusion therapy, surgical nutrition, fluids, common drugs, and instruments used in the operating room. Selected students will also prepare prosections for the MED III Anatomy Lab and are required to teach three of these labs. Students will spend one day in clinic and one day in surgery with Dr. Muscarella. Finally, student participants will submit an honors paper expounding on material covered in the journal clubs.

Resident Training

The General Surgery Training Program has 12 interns:

  • Nine in general surgery (six categorical and three preliminary)
  • Three in urology (preliminary)

Categorical positions are six years in length, a period that includes five years of clinical training and one year of research or other advanced training, such as a critical care fellowship. Six chief residents in general surgery graduate each year. The residency provides progressive responsibility in:

  • Preoperative and postoperative care
  • Non-operative management of surgical patients
  • Development of operative skills and the ability to assume independent responsibility for clinical decision-making

Application Information

We accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) of the National Resident Matching Program. Selected applicants will be invited for a personal interview.

Foreign Medical Graduates

Foreign medical graduates applying to the program must hold, or be eligible for, a valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and a J-1 visa, and must have at least one year of experience in an accredited clinical training program in the United States.

For more information, contact:
Surgery Resident Coordinator
Room 654
395 W. 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1250
Phone: (614) 293-8704 or 293-8703
Fax: (614) 293-4063