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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the questions applicants ask most often about our general surgery residency at Marshall University. 

Answer: General Surgery Residency is a difficult endeavor and selecting residents who will perform well and be successful is challenging. Qualities that our program look for should already be ingrained in candidates early in the education process. Being a trustworthy person, hardworking, and efficient in the management of time, a person who is capable of learning on their own, pays attention to details, and can get along with the teams are the most important qualities our program looks for in an applicant.

Answer: Yes. All applicants are evaluated on their individual merit.

Answer: The institution requires that all PGY 1 residents successfully pass part III of the USMLE exam by March of the PGY 1 year.

Answer: Although possession of the ECFMG certificate at the time of application is highly desirable, it is not necessary. You must, however, have your ECFMG certification prior to starting your residency if offered a contract.

Answer: This year, all interviews will be conducted via Zoom meeting. These interviews will be hosted by six (6) faculty members and five upcoming chief residents for a total of seven (7) interview rooms. We will start our interviews at 9 a.m. Each interview will last a total of 15 minutes. We will interview a total of twelve (12) applicants per day.

Answer: We are registered with the National Rank Match Program (NRMP). All applicants must be registered in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the NRMP to apply to our program. Access the link below to find the list of information that will be requested when applying:

Answer: Our program has continued full accreditation status.

Answer: Yes. International Medical Graduates must follow all compliance rules and regulations written by the ACGME regarding international graduates and meet all program application requirements.

Answer: We offer many benefits, starting with three (3) paid weeks of vacation. We offer various types of insurance which include life insurance, health insurance, dental insurance, and vision insurance. Visit our Salary & Benefits page for more information. 

We provide a gym membership to the Marshall Recreation Center (Rec Center), which hosts a variety of state of the art equipment, an indoor pool and so much more! 

The Department of Surgery also provides snacks and drinks in our Sim Lab. The GME Office stocks the resident lounge at CHH and the Resident Wellness Center. The Resident Wellness Center also provides private call/sleep rooms, equipped with phones, computers, exercise equipment, and a lounge for residents! All of these can accessed 24/7.

  • Four (4) Categorical
  • Three (3) Preliminary
  • PGY-1 52,000.00
  • PGY-2 53,000.00
  • PGY-3 54,000.00
  • PGY-4 55,000.00
  • PGY-5 56,000.00

Answer: Applicants must first meet the ACGME medical education school eligibility requirements. Once accepted into the program, trainees with satisfactory performance, and upon successful completion of the program are eligible for certification by the American Board of Surgery.

Answer: Because we are a smaller program, our residents get into the OR much more frequently. We encourage all of our residents to scrub in and participate in surgeries, even PGY 1 Interns. Our residents graduate with an average of well over 1,000 cases.

Answer: Yes. We have a small Surgery Simulation Lab available to our residents 24 hours a day. We encourage all of our residents to use the GI Mentor Simulator, Trauma Man, PICC Line Man, Suture Kits, Laparoscopic Trainers, and various models to improve skills. Marshall Surgery integrates simulation into our residents’ curriculum and have an annual Inter Boot camp. Our residents also have access to the DaVinci Robot and curriculum.

Answer: Annually, Marshall residents complete a quality improvement/patient safety project and compete in the Annual Quality and Safety Summit. This project is a collaborative effort between you and your peers.

In addition, all residents are required to complete at least one research project and submit it for presentation and publication prior to the completion of the program.

Answer: At Marshall Surgery, you will learn to be an accomplished and skilled general surgeon. If you desire, we also encourage you to pursue a sub-specialty field of your choice. A good percentage of our graduating chief residents further their training in a fellowship program. In the last two years, 100% of our chief residents have matched into excellent fellowship programs. Although our program trains you to be a general surgeon, you will also be exposed to breast, plastics, burn care, pediatrics and vascular surgery.

Answer: We are centrally located in the city of Huntington, West Virginia, between two of our three rotating hospitals. This gives our residents a chance to enjoy many of the local restaurants, movie theaters and night life. We are within walking distance of our city's largest park (Ritter Park) where many of our town’s citizens congregate for a variety of outdoor activities or to just read a book. Biking, walking, tennis and frisbee are just some of the outdoor activities that take place in our park. We are also pet friendly and have a wonderful dog park for any fur babies as well. If you enjoy being outdoors, Huntington is the place to be! Not only is our small town a wonderful place to live but our state is beautiful! We have many state parks, white water rafting, and five ski resorts. If you are a college football fan, you are in luck! From tailgating with friends to watching the games “WE ARE MARSHALL!”

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Answer: November 15, this year (2020)