General Surgery Residency

The General Surgery Residency at IU School of Medicine is a competitive five-year program that exposes residents to all facets of surgery, including trauma, vascular, pediatric, transplant and reconstructive surgery. Through the General Surgery Residency curriculum, residents receive a solid broad-based clinical education and opportunity to excel both in the operating room and at the bedside. Graduates of the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program have successfully matched into some of the most prestigious fellowships in all specialties throughout the United States.

Clinical Facilities

Clinical training for this program is based at the five major teaching hospitals located on the IU School of Medicine’s downtown Indianapolis campus: IU Health University Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, Eskenazi Health and IU Health Methodist Hospital. In addition to the traditional surgical services at these sites, IU School of Medicine offers preceptor models of education at suburban hospitals: IU Health North and IU Health West.

Research Experience

In addition to the outstanding clinical experience provided by this residency program, the department offers the option of participating in two or more years of surgical research. Residents from this program have been extraordinarily successful in their research endeavors, have presented frequently at national meetings and benefit from outstanding publication records. During the research years, all residents are expected to complete an advanced degree, such as a Master’s in Education, Master’s in Public Health, or Master’s in Clinical and Translational Research. These advanced degrees are offered to all residents at no cost.

Program Application Information

Interview offers for the categorical General Surgery Residency at IU School of Medicine are extended during the first two weeks of October after all applicant Medical Student Performance Evaluations (MSPEs) have been received and reviewed. Interview offers for the Preliminary General Surgery program are sent in early January. In addition to the admissions requirements noted on the residency training webpage, general surgery applicants must submit a professional personal statement as required by the Association of American Medical Colleges. Email Brianne Nickel with questions about the General Surgery Residency Program or to check the status of an application.

In addition, an FAQ is available to help address common questions regarding admissions, rotations, and the interview process for third- and- fourth-year medical students who are considering applying to a general surgery residency program.