Message From The Program Director
Thank you for your interest in the General Surgery Residency Program at the University of Wisconsin. It is my privilege to lead this outstanding program and I invite prospective residents to consider joining us in Madison.
From their arrival here, our residents become indispensable members of our department and fully integrated into it’s major missions. At the core of our training program is an exceptionally busy, broad based, deep exposure to the clinical care of patients with surgical disease. Our clinical programs encompass the spectrum of general surgical specialties, including surgical oncology, hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, colorectal, endocrine, foregut, trauma and critical care, pediatric surgery, cardiothoracic, vascular, and transplant. Residents rotate on each of these services, under the direct supervision of subspecialty, fellowship trained faculty. Additionally, we have very few fellowship training programs, allowing the general surgery residents access to the full breadth of our clinical material. Exposure to four major teaching facilities, our regional and national referral center at the University Hospital, our on campus Veterans Hospital, the American Family Children’s Hospital, and Meriter Hospital, our large affiliated community based hospital, assures that our residents experience the full range of disease complexities, and the experience of working in different health care environments. Our residents participate at every level of the operative and perioperative care of surgical patients in these four institutions.
Our Department and our residency also value the development of new knowledge in the surgical sciences. As such, residents are expected to contribute to the research mission of the department, and are expected to devote two dedicated years to research skill development between the second and third clinical training years. We have developed an extensive research training program for our residents, and offer a magnitude of experiences to match the residents’ career and academic interests, including opportunities in many basic research laboratories, health services/clinical outcomes research, education research, medical ethics, and biomedical engineering As is true for the clinical programs, our residents are fully engaged in the department’s research programs, and enjoy the direct supervision and training in research from our outstanding academic faculty. We are fortunate to be part of a world class University, which has also given many residents the opportunity to achieve advanced degrees during their research years, and seek academic mentorship from the scope of the University community.
Finally, we expect our residents to be extensively involved in the education of our Wisconsin medical students and their fellow residents. I am proud to say that teaching and education is a central pillar of our department, and we annually attract and recruit residents to our program who have career interests in teaching and education. Although all of our faculty actively participate in the education of our residents and students, a core group of surgical educators in our department, a specific teaching curriculum, and an extensive education research program, help our residents develop their teaching skills and provide mentorship to those who look forward to a career emphasizing surgical education.
I believe the combination of outstanding opportunity and training in all three of our departmental missions, clinical care, research, and teaching, make the University of Wisconsin general surgery residency unique. It is the extent and depth of these experiences and opportunities that make our program one of the elite academic programs in the country. I encourage you to join us.
Eugene F Foley, MD FACS