Our University of Michigan Health-Sparrow General Surgery Residency Program is an ACGME continuous accredited 5 year program located in Lansing, Michigan, our state state capital.  Our institution has a formal affiliation with the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Though most of your training will occur here, we partner with McLaren Flint, who also has a formal affiliation with Michigan State University.  Our general surgery program has strong rotations encompassing the breadth of general surgery.  While a research year is not required, each resident must complete 2 research projects during their training in order to graduate.  Because our training sites are 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 95th percentile in case volume. Our chief residents typically complete the program with over 1100 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 University of Health-Sparrow and McLaren Flint. To add to this, during the PGY 4 year, the resident participates in an exceptional transplant rotation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and a terrific surgical oncology rotation at Corewell Health West.

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 and East Carolina University; Head and Neck-Massachusetts Eye and Ear; Pediatric Surgery-University of Michigan and University of Connecticut; Pediatric Critical Care-University of Michigan; Plastic Surgery-Temple University and Cleveland Clinic, FL; Vascular Surgery-Indiana University and Baylor, Dallas; Colorectal Surgery-University of Miami; Surgical Oncology-Roger Williams Medical Center, Providence and Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York; Breast Surgical Oncology-University of Southern California and Johns Hopkins; Surgical Critical Care-Henry Ford Hospital; Minimally Invasive Surgery-Bay State Medical Center, Springfield, MA; and Colorectal Surgery-St. Vincent Hospital, Erie, PA and Southern Illinois University.

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.