The University of South Florida General Surgery Residency is a five-year, non-pyramidal program that is approved to graduate six residents each year. Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), and we participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
The strength of our program is the broad education and depth of operative experience obtained through rotations at multiple training sites. Tampa General Hospital is the only ACS-verified Level 1 Trauma Center in Florida and provides not only exposure to trauma/critical care, but also extensive foregut, hepato-biliary-pancreatic, colorectal, pediatric, burn and transplant cases. Complex surgical oncology experience is provided by the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, which is the only NCI-designated cancer center in Florida. In addition to providing general surgery experience, the James A. Haley and the Bay Pines Veterans' Hospitals are sites of significant training in vascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, and critical care. We strongly believe in the value of graded responsibility as the USF general surgery house officer progresses in level of training.
At USF, there are residencies in Plastic Surgery and Vascular Surgery, as well as fellowships in Critical Care, Surgical Oncology, Colorectal Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Transplant and Advanced GI Surgery/Laparoscopy. The General Surgery residents work closely with faculty and residents within the other divisions and subspecialties including Vascular Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Transplant Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Thoracic/Cardiovascular Surgery, Neurosurgery, and Orthopedic Surgery.
The first two years are an opportunity to administer pre- and post-operative care and to develop basic surgical techniques. In addition to general surgery experience, the first and second year residents rotate through Plastic Surgery, Surgical Intensive Care, Surgical Oncology, Thoracic/Cardiovascular Surgery, Transplant, Trauma, Burns, and Vascular Surgery.
The third and fourth years include rotations in Pediatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Thoracic/Cardiovascular Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Trauma, and Vascular Surgery, as well as General Surgery experience. The fifth year allows the resident primary responsibility for the care of patients. As the resident progresses through the training program s/he becomes increasingly responsible for pre-, intra and post-operative decision making.
Throughout the course of training, there are numerous opportunities for mentored clinical and basic science projects. About a third of our residents elect to spend a dedicated two years in research, although this is not required. All residents are supported in endeavors to present/publish research.
The goal of the residency program at the University of South Florida is to produce a well rounded competent general surgeon, fully trained in the principles and techniques required of a general surgeon. Certification by the American Board of Surgery is expected.