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General Information

Thank you for your interest in the General Surgery Residency at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine! Ours is a five-year, ACGME-accredited General Surgery Program that admits four PGY-1 Categorical and three PGY-1 Non-designated (Preliminary) positions per year. Our training sites are comprised of three local hospitals (Cabell Huntington Hospital, St. Mary’s Medical Center, and the VA Medical Center) where we serve the needs of patients from local communities as well as the Appalachian and tri-state regions. Given the size and diversity of our referral catchment area, the average case experience for our 2021-2022 graduating chief residents was 1,240 major cases throughout their five years of training, well more than the 850 required by the American Board of Surgery.

Our Program takes prides in its commitment to providing our surgical residents with exceptional teaching and clinical experiences that aid in their development as accomplished and skilled surgeons. Our current residents are a diverse and impressive group, and our talented alumni have historically matched into competitive fellowships or gained placement in their areas of preference.

Besides rotations in general surgery at our three sites, our training includes rotations in trauma and critical care, as well as subspecialty surgical experiences in breast, minimally invasive, pediatric, vascular, and plastic surgery. We also partner with the University of Kentucky for a month-long rotation in transplant surgery. Additional training opportunities including ultrasound and robotic surgery are offered with certifications available, and our PGY4’s and PGY5’s trainees are provided additional resources to help them prepare for their Board exams. Clinical Research is also an encouraged and supported endeavor for faculty and trainees.