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 looks for should already be ingrained in candidates early in the education process. These qualities include being trustworthy, hardworking, efficient in the management of time, capable of self-directed learning, offering close attention to detail, and creating and maintaining a good relationship with the team 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: Interviews will be hosted by a core group of faculty members and four of our upcoming chief residents and will include approximately 15 minutes with each assigned interviewer(s).  We will begin our sessions with a welcome by the Program Administrator followed by a Program Overview by our Program Director and Assistant Program Director and then start interviews with our faculty and PGY4’s.  In between sessions, applicants will also have time to chat informally with junior residents.  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 and parking permit for 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 and our call rooms. The GME stocks the resident lounges at CHH and SMMC as well as at the Resident Wellness Center. The Wellness Center also provides private call/sleep rooms and is equipped with phones, computers, exercise equipment, and a lounge for residents that are accessible 24/7.

  • Four (4) Categorical
  • Three (3) Preliminary
  • PGY-1 55,000.00
  • PGY-2 56,000.00
  • PGY-3 57,000.00
  • PGY-4 58,000.00
  • PGY-5 59,000.00

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 our residents to scrub in and participate in surgeries including PGY-1’s. Recently, PGY5’s graduated with in excess of 1,000 major cases major cases during their training.

Answer: Yes. We have a Surgery Simulation Lab complete with new equipment that is available to our residents 24 hours a day. We encourage all residents to use the GI Mentor Simulator, Trauma Man, PICC Line Man, Suture Kits, Laparoscopic Trainers, and various models to improve their skills. Our residents also have access to the DaVinci Robot and curriculum.  The Sim Lab was recently renovated to include healthy snack additions, an extra fridge and storage, and recycling. The comfort care/first aid station includes over-the counter, first aid, and feminine hygiene supplies.

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 and be trained to be an accomplished and skilled general surgeon. If desired, trainees are encouraged to pursue a subspecialty field of their choice. In fact, a large percentage of our graduating chief residents further their training in fellowships following graduation from our Program. In the last few years, 100% of our chief residents who opted to pursue fellowship have matched into excellent programs. Although our program trains residents to be general surgeons, our trainees are also exposed to critical and burn care as well as breast, plastic, pediatric, and vascular surgery.

Answer: We are centrally located in the city of Huntington, West Virginia, nearby Marshall University between two of our three rotating hospital sites. Our proximity to a revitalized downtown and campus area, our residents enjoy many of the local restaurants and microbreweries, museums, concerts, hiking and biking trails, and outdoor festivals. We are within walking distance of Huntington’s largest park (Ritter Park) where the community congregate for a variety of outdoor activities including biking, running, or walking.  The centrally located Ritter Dog Park is a frequent site for pets and their families to enjoy. If you enjoy being outdoors, Huntington is the place to be! Not only is Huntington a wonderful place to live but there are state parks, lakes, white water rafting, as well as hiking and ski trails to enjoy within a short drive in our “Almost Heaven” state! College football fans will enjoy game day celebrations including tailgating with friends to watching the Herd bring home a victory!  “WE ARE…. MARSHALL!”

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