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Program in General Surgery
The General Surgery Residency Program at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital (SJMO) first received Residency Review Committee approval in 1953. Since that time, the program has offered a fully accredited 5-year program that is designed to exceed the ACGME/RRC for Surgery requirements and prepare graduates for the American Board of Surgery examination. We have a total of 10 categorical and 4 preliminary positions that are funded and approved by the RRC.

The program is based at SJMO, a 443-bed comprehensive community hospital and an American College of Surgeons certified Level II Trauma Center. Of the 60 months of training, 58 are completed at SJMO with two one-month outside rotations for transplant and pediatric surgery done locally in metro-Detroit. We look forward to meeting candidates from across the country that are interested in an excellent postgraduate training program in surgery.

Program structure
A resident entering into the program can expect an increasing level of responsibility throughout the five years. The fifth post-graduate year of training provides the resident with ”Junior Attending” status by placing the resident in a position of leadership for one of two general surgery services and the Staff Surgery outpatient clinic. Scholarly activity is stressed with every resident completing at least one major research project leading to a presentation or publication.

Residents at all levels will find a large volume of diverse cases available to them. Residents perform 200 to 250 major operations as chief resident and 900 to 1,000 major operations throughout the five-year program. In addition, there is an excellent patient and case mix. We offer a large number of complex general and subspecialty cases, upper and lower endoscopy, and an increasing number of advanced laparoscopy and robotic cases.

The General Surgery program at SJMO adheres strictly to the ACGME policies and procedures regarding duty hours. In-house night call is conducted in a team atmosphere with assistance from more senior residents readily available.

Academic program
Our program at SJMO pioneered the formal teaching of basic surgical sciences within a community surgical Residency Program. The teaching faculty of the General Surgery Residency Program have worked to continue to develop a structured didactic lecture series and conference schedule to complement the diverse experience gained through direct patient care and the operative experience for our residents. The Surgical Council On Resident Education (SCORE) curriculum is integrated into the academic program. To assure resident availability and attendance, conferences are held during protected time.

Weekly Conferences
Continuous Quality Improvement (M&M)
SCORE Lecture Series
Multidisciplinary Breast Tumor Board.

Monthly Conferences
Multidisciplinary GI Tumor Board
Journal Club
Research Meeting
Surgical Simulation Labs
Ethics Conference
Basic Science Lecture Series
Mock Orals

Rotations

Rotation

Length

Location

Post-Graduate Year 1

General Surgery (Blue)

2 months

SJMO

General Surgery (Green)

1 months

SJMO

Acute Care Surgery (Gold)

1 months

SJMO

Thoracic/Vascular (Red)

2 month

SJMO

Surgical ICU

2 months

SJMO

Surgical Subspecialties

1 months

SJMO

 Night Float

 3 months

 SJMO

Post-Graduate Year 2

General Surgery (Blue)

2 month

SJMO

General Surgery (Green)

2 months

SJMO

Acute Care Surgery (Gold)

2 months

SJMO

Thoracic/Vascular (Red)

3 months

SJMO

Surgical ICU

3 months

SJMO

Post-Graduate Year 3

General Surgery (Blue)

1 month

SJMO

General Surgery (Green)

2 months

SJMO

Acute Care Surgery (Gold)

1 months

SJMO

Thoracic/Vascular (Red)

3 months

SJMO

Surgical ICU

3 month

SJMO

Pediatric Surgery

1 month

Beaumont

Transplant Surgery

1 month

St. John

Post-Graduate Year 4

General Surgery (Blue)

3 months

SJMO

General Surgery (Green)

5 months

SJMO

Acute Care Surgery (Gold)

3 month

SJMO

Thoracic/Vascular (Red)

1 months

SJMO

 Post-Graduate Year 5

General Surgery (Blue)

6 months

SJMO

Acute Care Surgery (Gold)

6 months

SJMO

Graduates
About half of our graduates have chosen to continue their education in subspecialty fellowship training programs with the other half entering directly into general surgery private practice. The program provides residents with excellent training for either path. The general surgery operative experience is adequate such that residents do not feel the need to continue training, but also allows for ample exposure to subspecialty cases to prepare those who are interested in fellowship.

In the last several years, our graduates have entered fellowship programs in the following specialties:

2016
Minimally Invasive / Bariatric Surgery at Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina

2013
Vascular Surgery at Jobst Vascular Institute, Toledo Hospital, Toledo, Ohio Surgical Critical Care at Spectrum Health’s Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2012
Vascular Surgery at Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University 

2011
Minimally Invasive Surgery at Texas Endosurgery Institute
2010 Breast Surgery at Emory University Cardio-Thoracic Surgery at Texas Heart Institute

2009
Advanced Laparoscopy at Harvard University

Application requirements
Applications must be filed electronically through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The application deadline is October 15th. To qualify for an interview, you must have graduated from medical school within the last 2 years. Preference is given to candidates with a first attempt score of 220 or higher on Step 1. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, green card holders, permanent residents of the U.S., or possess a J-1 visa or work authorization card. For more information on the General Surgery program, please call 248-858-3234.

Amy Braddock, MD
Program Director of General Surgery

Alicia Kieninger, MD
Associate Program Director of General Surgery