The General Surgery Residency, a leading academic surgical training program, consistently has helped reshape the traditional model of teaching residents how to operate.

The program has been at the forefront of national surgical curriculum development and was among the first to introduce early specialization programs and training models incorporating evaluation and feedback.

Washington University surgical residents and fellows are expected to actively participate in a major patient safety/quality improvement project during their training. A major recent focus has been resident well-being.

#4 in U.S. 


Surgery residency ranking

Doximity, Inc. 2018



102 residents

28 clinical fellows

17 research fellows

Life after residency:
Who advances to fellowship?

97% of general surgery residents

90% of all surgery residents


Residency career path

64% in academic practice

36% in private practice