Career Services

General Surgery

CNUCOM Career Advising for Medical Specialties: General Surgery

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National Organizations:

American College of Chest Physicians

American College of Surgeons

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons

Association for Academic Surgery

Minimal Training Durations:

4-5 years of residency

Subspecialty Fellowships: 1-3 Year


Competitiveness: Medium to High

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Specialty Overview: General surgeons are trained to manage a broad spectrum of diseases and injuries to almost any area of the body which requires surgery. These physicians are involved in diagnosis and treatment as well as pre-, intra- and post-operative care. They are usually responsible for the comprehensive management of trauma and critical care patients as well. Although its scope is broad, general surgery usually involves the abdomen, breasts, peripheral vasculature, skin and neck. General surgeons today in the United States only rarely perform complex neurologic, orthopaedic, thoracic or urologic procedures.


·         Breast Surgery   1 year

·         Cardiothoracic Surgery   2-3 years

·         Colorectal Surgery         1 year

·         Critical Care Medicine    1-2  years

·         Hand Surgery    1 year

·         Minimally Invasive Surgery        1 year

·         Pediatric Surgery           1-2 years

·         Surgical Critical Care     1 year

·         Surgical Oncology          1-2 years

·         Transplant Surgery         1-2 years

·         Vascular Surgery            1-2 years




Recommended Electives Outside this specialty:

Radiology, Anesthesiology, Critical Care (SICU or MICU), Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Pulmonology




Training Requirements: Training consists of a minimum of five years of postgraduate education in general surgery training in an ACGME-accredited general surgery residency training program (this training may be reduced to four years in select training programs for those pursuing certain fellowships). There are 258 general surgery residency training programs accredited by the ACGME for 2015-16. In 2015, the NRMP offered 1,224 categorical positions in General Surgery (see table). Here is an online guide through the American College of Surgeons to choosing a surgical residency:


For subspecialty fellowships, applicants must have completed a residency. The fellowships are over 1-3 years in length


Results and Data of 2016 Main Residency Match

Mean USMLE Step 1 Score: 235

Mean USMLE Step 2 CK Score: 248

Mean # of Programs Applied to in this specialty: 42.9

Number of Programs: 260

Number of Positions Available: 1241

Total Number of Applicants: 2345

Total Number of Matched: 1239




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California Northstate University College of Medicine ♦ 9700 West Taron Drive ♦ Elk Grove, CA 95757 ♦ Phone: (916) 686-7300