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Trauma and Surgical Critical Care

Surgical Residency Educational Opportunities

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.

CMC General Surgery Residency ProgramCarolinas 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, community-based 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 in-patient care, teaching, and research.

Surgical Training Program

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 typically 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 and emergency general surgery services based in the F.H. "Sammy" Ross Trauma Center, CMC's American College of Surgeons-verified Level 1 Trauma Center. Additionally, the department provides services based in the Levine Children's Hospital; heart, liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation; surgical oncology, cardiac and vascular surgery; and advanced hepatic and pancreaticobiliary surgery, which includes world expertise in robotics and intraoperative ultrasound.

Training in both 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.

CMC Residents

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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