A pioneer in surgical education and training.

The Washington University General Surgery Residency was among the first surgical training programs in the country to begin reshaping a century-old model of teaching residents how to perform surgery. We’re still innovating today.

Our approach to surgical training

Residents were traditionally taught under the “See One, Do One, Teach One” method: observe a surgery, replicate it with limited guidance, and, later, teach it. Almost 20 years ago, the Washington University residency introduced a skills and simulation lab that allowed trainees to learn some technical skills at their own pace. More recently, its educators have been at the forefront of these activities:

  • Early specialization programs
  • Flexibility in Surgical Training with more focused training in the resident’s surgical specialty of choice
  • Training models incorporating more evaluation and feedback
  • Involvement in national surgical curriculum development

Learn more about our flexible and personalized training »

What is life in St. Louis really like?

Take an exclusive tour with Program Director Paul Wise, MD, and learn more about living in the Gateway City.

When looking at a surgical training program, you want one with an amazing depth and breadth of clinical experience, the flexibility to create customized training, and a “family” of faculty and co-trainees who make you feel like you belong. Our General Surgery Residency Program is all that and more!

Read the message from Program Director Paul E. Wise, MD

We support a diverse, inclusive and equitable training environment.

Learn more about our institutional efforts »

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Fall 2023 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Welcome our new interns and get insight on their orientation activities!
  • 2023 Chief Residents’ Graduation Banquet
  • Meet Dr. Zachary Wanken
  • Special recognitions and awards
  • Resident life