To train fully competent general surgeons to serve soldiers and their families within the United States Army and on the battlefield through high quality clinical and educational experiences.
To train competent general surgeons, capable of the full scope of battlefield surgery and who are prepared to lead surgical teams.
The General Surgery Residency at Womack Army Medical Center (WAMC) seeks motivated medical students to join our exceptional team! Our mission is to train and produce general surgeons competent to serve our Nation's defense in both war and peace. To that end, we aim to graduate surgeons of character who are technically facile, emotionally intelligent, and leaders in combat medicine. If you are looking for a challenging program that values personal growth, teamwork, and excellence, look no further! Our residency program is dedicated to providing a comprehensive training program that encompasses the entire breadth of core general surgery and the general surgery subspecialties, including cardiothoracic, abdominal transplant, oncology, and vascular endocrine, colorectal, trauma, and pediatric surgery. Our program offers diverse clinical settings for training that include Womack Army Medical Center, Carolinas Medical Center, and University of North Carolina Hospitals.
Wish to pursue a career in general surgery
Desire future training in a general surgery subspecialty
Are considering pursuing an operational assignment such as Battalion or Brigade surgeon
The WAMC General Surgery Residency Program and Director comply with the criteria for resident eligibility as specified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the Womack Graduate Medical Education Institutional Resident Guidelines and U.S. Army standards. All residents are members of the U.S. Army. We are not accepting civilian trainees at this time.
The General Surgery Residency Program is 60 months in duration.
The General Surgery Residency Program is approved to accept up to 2 residents each year.
The General Surgery Residency Program does not accept resident transfers from other programs once the academic year begins.
The Womack General Surgery Residency Program and institution educates residents and faculty members on the professional responsibilities of physicians to appear for duty appropriately rested and fit to provide services required by their patients. The residency program is committed to promoting patient safety and resident well-being in a supportive educational environment.
Womack Army Medical Center is dedicated to training trauma-ready general surgeons; because of this, we encourage early operative exposure. The R1 year is a traditional surgical internship with rotations on general surgery, orthopedics, urology, ENT, Trauma, and SICU rotations. The operative goal for surgical interns is to have completed a minimum of 100 cases by the end of the academic year.
The second clinical year builds upon the first with increased exposure within WAMC and rotations at our partner institutions, UNC and CMC. This year includes nine months of general surgery, trauma, pediatric surgery, and SICU rotations.
The third clinical year provides exposure to cases of increased complexity with rotations on hepatobiliary, cardiothoracic, and burn surgery. Additionally, six months of the academic year are spent on the WAMC general surgery service with increasing responsibility and autonomy.
The chief year is the final year of training and provides the residents with increasing responsibility and leadership roles. The chief resident is the primary surgeon for complex general and vascular procedures and is expected to be intimately involved in all aspects of the patient's care. There is a two-month rotation at CMC as the trauma chief to finalize trauma training in anticipation of future deployments following graduation.
The MODS system is used for selection of residents into the General Surgery (GS) program. Results from this military match are distributed at the Army Graduate Medical Education Selection Board which is typically held the week after Thanksgiving each year. In early November, the GS program reviews the MODS files of applicants to the GS program and places them on an Order of Merit List (OML) based on their performance as outlined in the MODS file.
The application deadline for residency is 15 September. Prospective residents will complete the application online using the MODS website. In addition, applicants will need to include a number of items with their application packet. These supplemental items are due by 15 October. These items include: medical school transcript, step 1 and 2 results, height/weight and APFT verification, and Dean’s letter.
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