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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. 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

Please browse our website – including the Message from the Chairman, Message from the Program Director, and Post-Graduate Year Descriptions  – to learn more about the general surgery residency program.