Our Michigan State University College of Human Medicine affiliated general surgery residency is an ACGME accredited 5 year program located primarily at our sponsoring institution, Sparrow Hospital, in Lansing and also, McLaren Flint.  Both institutions have a long history of graduate medical education across many specialties.  Our general surgery program has strong rotations encompassing the breadth of general surgery.  Though no research year is required, each resident must complete 2 research projects during their time in order to graduate.  As our institution is not fellowship heavy, residents participate in the operating room from the very first week. During their years as junior residents, their operative experience volume ranks in the 88th percentile nationally.  Consequently, our residents become quite clinically proficient-with the most recent data demonstrating our graduating residents finish in 84th percentile in case volume. Our chief residents complete the program with over 1200 cases as primary surgeon.  Finally, our graduates pursue the fellowship of their choice or go directly into practice.

Why Choose Our Program

Clinical Experience

Our program offers extensive training covering the broad scope of general surgery. This is accomplished by the dedicated faculty utilizing only two hospitals aside from our transplant rotation. Our transplant experience occurs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center during the PGY 4 year.

Convenient Location

Mid Michigan is a family friendly environment with the back drop of the state capitol and Michigan State University – a world renown university. East Lansing, specifically, is a nationally recognized as a top small metro area. Commute to work is short-far below that in much larger cities such as Detroit, Cleveland, Columbus, and Chicago.

Supportive Culture

Probably the best reason to choose our program is the collegiality of residents and faculty with one another. All recognize the rigor of the program and work together in providing exceptional care to our patients while fostering a healthy learning environment.

Curriculum & Research

Our residents are provided a clinical and operative experience with progressive responsibility through a five year rotation program. Each rotation is carefully planned to provide a comprehensive curriculum that will allow the resident to become a compassionate, technically competent surgeon able to make the next jump-be it practice or fellowship. Further, the research experience is a vital part of their training. This activity is ongoing throughout their training with assistance by faculty mentors.

Meet Our Residents

The Residents within our program are a collegial and supportive group.  They finish the program with over 1100 cases with all defined categories met.  They like the early operative experience and the robust didactic sessions.  Our residents will go into a sub-speciality fellowship or directly into practice in a variety of settings.

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Current Residents

Our residents come from all over the Country and World for the unique training opportunity we are able to provide.

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Graduated Residents

Since 2015, our residents have gone directly into practice or on to fellowships such as Cardiovascular-Texas Heart Institute, Houston; Head and Neck-Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Boston; Pediatric Critical Care-University of Michigan; Plastic Surgery-Temple University, Philadelphia; Vascular Surgery-Indiana University; Colorectal Surgery-University of Miami, FL; Surgical Oncology-Roger Williams Medical Center, Providence, RI; Surgical Oncology-Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York; Breast Surgical Oncology-University of Southern California; Surgical Critical Care-Henry Ford Hospital; Minimally Invasive Surgery-Bay State Medical Center, Springfield, MA; and Colorectal Surgery-St. Vincent Hospital, Erie, PA

Program Faculty

Our faculty consists of a strong group of skilled surgeons. Each is dedicated to the enhancement of medicine and the education of residents and medical students. They represent a wide range of sub-specialties and add to the robust training environment.