General Surgery Residency

The educational program in the Cedars-Sinai General Surgery Residency Program is designed to provide a combination of clinical experience, didactic teaching and a research year to develop each resident into a general surgeon. The program provides a broad clinical experience, and prepares every resident for a future in academic practice, private practice, or further training in the sub-specialty of their choice.

Each year, we accept five categorical residents. The program is five clinical years in length with up to two years of optional research. The clinical program is summarized in the General Surgery Residency Rotation Example (PDF).

The majority of clinical rotations take place at Cedars-Sinai. Rotations that are outside of Cedars-Sinai include; a 1-month rotation at St. Francis Medical center during PGY-4 year, a 2-month rotation to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles during the PGY-3 year, and a 2-month rotation at St. Francis Medical Center during the PGY-2 year. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center provides ample on-call facilities, excellent ancillary services including around the clock intravenous, phlebotomy and blood gas teams, EKG services, radiology technicians, and patient transport services. Residents receive several added benefits including housing stipend, food allowance for call, free parking, CA Medical License Reimbursement, DEA Certificate Reimbursement as well as access to the House Staff Assistance Program.

Other Features of the Educational Program

All clinical rotations are accompanied by corresponding outpatient experiences, to enable the resident to be involved in the preoperative and postoperative phases of patient care. All outpatient experiences are supervised by members of the teaching staff.

The research year is usually follows the second or third clinical year and is supported by the Department of Surgery. Research is conducted under the guidance of a member of the faculty and can include basic science research, clinical research, or a combination of these. The selection of a research program and mentor is made by the resident with faculty guidance. Residents are encouraged to present their work at major scientific meetings. Such presentations are fully supported by the department.

Every resident is provided with a faculty mentor for the duration of their residency.

Big Sibling/Little Sibling

We have started an internal peer mentorship program among the general surgery residents this year. Senior residents are paired with junior residents and/or interns for the academic year in order to help guide and coach them with tips for navigating residency, pursuing a subspecialty, and just going through life. We hope to nurture long-term mentoring relationships that brings even more collegiality and support for our program.

For information on applying to our program, please see: Applying to the Cedars-Sinai General Surgery Program.

More information: General Surgery Residency Program 2018-19 (PDF).