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The General Surgery Residency Program at Carolinas Medical Center is a five-year surgical training program, fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Carolinas Medical Center's Department of Surgery and its faculty are dedicated to providing outstanding education in all aspects related to the care of surgical patients. The clinical experience available to our residents gives them an in-depth education in the health care disciplines encompassed within the broad definition of surgery. Although it functions within an independent academic medical center, the Department of Surgery represents all the elements traditionally found in major university-based academic medical centers.

From the extensive clinical experience of the department's full-time faculty and residents to the globally-acclaimed and varied research activities of our faculty and trainees, the Department of Surgery achieves consistent excellence in clinical care, teaching, and research.

Unique Surgical Services for the Region

The surgical training program graduates four chief residents each year. Thanks to CMC's diverse teaching faculty and expansive regional referral center, each chief resident completes his or her residency training exceeding operative case numbers required for board certification in every major category. Faculty provides unique surgical services for the entire region, including advanced trauma, acute care surgery, and critical services based in the F.H. "Sammy" Ross Trauma Center, CMC's American College of Surgeons-verified Level 1 Trauma Center.

The internationally-acclaimed Minimally Invasive Surgery division adds an important dimension to residency training. The advanced hepatic and pancreaticobiliary surgery team includes world expertise in robotics and intraoperative ultrasound.

The department also provides exceptional experiences through the surgical oncology division, based in the new Levine Cancer Institute, a rich pediatric surgery experience based in the adjoining Levine Children's Hospital, heart, liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation, and cardiac and vascular surgery.

Training in basic and advanced laparoscopic procedures is also an integral part of CMC's General Surgery Residency Program. Surgical endoscopy is emphasized throughout the entire residency training with ample experience at each post-graduate year level, including flexible sigmoidoscopy, EGD, colonoscopy and therapeutic endoscopy.

Surgical skills training is enhanced by the incorporation of CMC's nationally-accredited Carolinas Simulation Center into the residency curriculum. The state-of-the-art facility is dually accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and by the American College of Surgeons as a Level I Comprehensive Education Institute.

CMC's residents have significant input into the residency program and its management, participating in oversight committees within the department and on the institutional Graduate Education Committee. Residents and faculty have ample opportunities to explore their research interests. CMC's surgical research programs encompass basic science, clinical and translational research topics.

The Department of Surgery at Carolinas Medical Center is committed to the education and training of the next generation of surgeons and leaders, to the healthcare and well-being of the community, and to the advancement of surgical science. The Department of Surgery and CMC welcome inquiries regarding the training program and any of the facility's divisions.

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