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general surgeryOur five-year ACGME accredited program incorporates all areas of general surgery into rigorous clinical, instructive and analytical training. Established in 1834, the Tulane Surgery residency program is among the oldest, most-respected programs in the country. It has continued through pestilence, civil war and devastating natural disaster.

Currently, Tulane Surgery has 40 academic and 45 clinical faculty members working in eight sections: general, cardiovascular, endocrine, pediatric, plastic and reconstructive, surgical oncology, transplant and hepatobiliary, and trauma and critical care. Clinical rotations take place in seven local hospitals.

Our residents come to Tulane from across the country. We are dedicated to training diverse individuals who contribute uniquely to the collective talent of the department.

Six Competencies

Six ACGME competencies form the framework for training and evaluation of our residents.

  1. Patient Care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.
  2. Medical Knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical and cognate (epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences; and the application of this knowledge to patient care.
  3. Practice-based Learning & Improvement that involves investigation and evaluation of patient care; appraisal and assimilation of scientific evidence; and improvements in patient care.
  4. Interpersonal & Communication skills that results in effective information exchange with patients, their families and other health professionals.
  5. Professionalism that is a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.
  6. Systems-based Practice is action that demonstrates an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care; and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value.