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To apply for the community general surgery residency track, apply through ERAS to our “General Surgery/Community” track. The NRMP code is 1779440C1.

Surgical Training that Meets the Needs of All Communities

The community general surgery residency curriculum is based on the belief that to train a successful community general surgeon it is not enough to provide the resident with the clinical scope and depth of general surgery — it also requires the scope and depth of general surgery be embodied in the mentorship and role-modeling of a community general surgeon.

The five-year community general surgery program trains the resident in the full breadth of clinical and procedural skills required to practice general surgery in a variety of communities and practice settings. In addition, our community surgeons and hospitals are committed to providing the resident with the mentorship needed to identify the type of community and practice that best matches his or her career goals.


The community general surgery track combines 42 to 48 months of residency training at UWHC and 12 to 18 months with partnering community general and subspecialty surgeons at three hospitals located 25 to 100 miles from UWHC campus. A representative example of the rotations is shown in this block schedule. Each hospital provides a distinctive training experience, offering the resident experience in different community sizes, practice sizes and types, as well as different complements of general surgery and subspecialty procedures. The clinical and didactic training is structured around the national Surgical Council on Resident Education (SCORE) curriculum, ensuring that after five years of training you are prepared to independently perform “essential-common” and “essential-uncommon” procedures in the SCORE curriculum without additional formal training. All ACGME Surgery Residency Review Committee and American Board of Surgery requirements are fulfilled with the rural surgery track rotation schedule.


At UWHC, residents’ clinical training is largely structured as progressive rotations on specialty surgery services under the supervision of fellowship-trained surgeons in that specialty. The community general surgery curriculum complements this rotation-based and specialty-focused training with an apprenticeship training model, in which the resident trains with one or two community general surgeons. This training model immerses the resident in the full professional responsibilities and experiences of a community surgeon, giving you an understanding of different community general surgeons’ practices, lifestyles, patient populations and community involvement.

We have selected our partnering surgeons and hospitals so that residents experience the full range of community settings and surgical practices.

  • Small general surgery practice, in which the general surgeon does a wide array general surgery and subspecialty procedures (e.g., ob/gyn, urology, otolaryngology, ortho trauma, )
  • Large inter-disciplinary community practice, in which the general surgeons are part of an inter-disciplinary surgical staff but who practice a wide variety of cases.
  • Large academic, specialist-based practice, in which the resident receives clinical training at a quaternary, high volume – mostly inpatient – hospital, with a high number of complex surgical pathologies.

Partnering communities range in population size from 3,000 to 25,000. The institutions within which you train range in size from six to 147 bed hospitals, and annual procedure volume ranges from 1,400 to 16,000.

The formal didactic and simulation curriculum will be virtually identical to that of residents in the academic surgery track. The community sites are close enough to UW Hospital that a resident can attend most educational conferences and simulation training sessions. For times the resident can’t attend, the program provides synchronous and asynchronous web-based access to all didactic sessions. Each partner site also has didactic training, including regular M&M conference.

Lodging is provided at sites that require the resident to re-locate during the rotation. Some sites, however, do not require the resident to re-locate. Travel expenses are subsidized. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System