Welcome from the Program Director
As the Program Director of General Surgery, I thank you for taking the opportunity to visit our website, and I hope that you will consider continuing your training as a surgical resident at WMed.
Located in Southwest Michigan, we are affiliated with two major healthcare systems, Ascension Borgess Hospital and Bronson Methodist Hospital. We believe our program is unique and will provide you with an excellent surgical education rich in medical knowledge and procedural skills.
Our presence as the only medical school in Southwest Michigan exposes our students and residents with a very impressive diversity in management of surgical conditions, ranging from the simple to complex. Additionally, our residents enjoy the availability of the state-of-the-art simulation center and operating rooms. Building upon these resources, we have developed a strong educational program that includes morbidity and mortality conferences, multidisciplinary conferences, SCORE curriculum lectures, teaching attending rounds, grand rounds, journal club, oral board exam review, and ABSITE-oriented quiz review based on both SCORE and M&M cases. Our program also provides excellent hands-on training both in the simulation (animal, cadaver, and dry labs) and operating room environments.
We believe that research is an integral part of surgical education. Exposure throughout residency helps guide our residents to provide their patients with the best evidence-based medical and surgical care. Our residents enjoy a plethora of clinical research opportunities within residency that allow them to explore their interests and, with mentoring and program support, almost all of them are able to publish their works. While not mandatory, our program also encourages and supports residents to explore opportunities for formal research experience in addition to the clinical years general surgery residency. For more information on additional research and education opportunities, please see the message from our Chair, Robert Sawyer, MD, below.
Over the last ten years, 74% of our chief residents have gone on to subspecialty training fellowships of their choice, including trauma/critical care, vascular, plastics, colorectal, advanced MIS, and cardiothoracic surgery. The remaining 26% have chosen to practice as general surgeons immediately following graduation. As a graduate of our program, you will have the confidence and competence to operate independently in whatever setting you choose. Our chief residents graduate with an average of 1,200-1,300 cases each, which exceeds national average and operative requirements established by the ABS and ACGME.
Again thank you and please if you have specific questions, do not hesitate to contact us. You can also read more about our residency program and the Department of Surgery at WMed in a message from our Department Chair, Robert G. Sawyer, MD.