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Our Mission

We seek to train general surgeons who are outstanding clinicians to provide excellent surgical care in rural communities. Our graduates will have an intense commitment to patient care and lifelong learning. We will assist the development of this expertise by providing our trainees with strong foundations of academic excellence, sound technical skills and an understanding of contemporary issues in surgical practice and research.

We will instill upon the surgical resident a commitment to carry out professional responsibilities and adhere to ethical principles.

The surgical resident will demonstrate:

  • Compassion, integrity and respect for others
  • Responsiveness to patient needs that supersedes self-interest
  • Respect for patient privacy and autonomy
  • Accountability to patients, society and the profession
  • Sensitivity and responsiveness to a diverse patient population

The general surgery residency will fill three categorical PGY-1 positions for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Application Requirements

Applications will be accepted through ERAS only. Candidates will participate in the match. Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year will be accepted through November 2021. Mailed, faxed or emailed applications will not be acknowledged.

Complete applications include:

  • Dean's letter
  • Medical school transcript
  • Photo
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • USMLE transcript


Interviews are scheduled via email through Available dates will be conveyed to candidate by invitation only. Interview days begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 2 p.m. Applicants will be interviewed by Program Director Thav Thambi, M.D., Chair of Surgery Gary Timmerman, M.D., Associate Program Director Jon Ryckman, M.D., other key faculty and the chief residents. Notifications of application status will be emailed as applications are reviewed and decisions have been made. Details of decisions cannot be provided on an individual basis due to the number of applicants.