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Career Development - Surgery

What Does Training Look Like?

Residency in surgery involves usually a five to seven year residency where you are trained in general surgery and all surgical fields. Following residency there is the option of a Fellowship in any one of numerous sub-sepecialties in which you will gain additional training over the course of usually one to two additional years. There are also other direct admission residencies for such fields as Ears, Nose & Throat (ENT), Urology, and Orthopaedic Surgery, to name a few.

Almost every body system has a sub-specialty, such as Cardiothoracic, Plastic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, Bariatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology, and many more.
What Does a Typical Workday Look Like?

As an attending, fully trained surgeon, the average work week is usually split between the clinic and the operating room. According to the American College of Surgeons, the average general surgeon works 50-60 hours per week, not including on-call time. Residency usually requires a greater time commitment, with weekly hours ranging between 50, but no more than 80 per week on average.
Important Qualities and Traits

Qualities recognized as important to surgery include:

  • Determination/Perseverance
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Being a team leader
Shadowing Opportunities

Please contact Maria Ragas for more information about shadowing opportunities. We encourage students to only shadow one time every three months.

Research Opportunities

The Surgery Department focuses research on Minimally Invasive Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Surgical Education, Endocrinology, Oncology, Transplant, and Trauma. Please contact Dr. Olan Jackson-Weaver, who is the student research liaison in the Department of Surgery.

Additionally, students may want to pursue research opportunities through the DeBakey Scholars Program. This program offers medical students the opportunity to pursue and complete a longitudinal, structured, closely supervised research experience culminating in a capstone presentation prior to graduation. For more information, contact Dr. Kenneth Mitchell.

Specialty Interest Group

Tulane Surgical Interest Group

The Tulane Surgical Interest Group (TSIG) is a student-run organization dedicated to advancing knowledge of the art and science of surgery through education, experiential opportunities, and research.

TSIG affords students a variety of rich opportunities to become immersed in the world of surgery. The group boasts a mentorship program, organizes a simulation center skills series, and holds a T4 Match Panel talk.

The Surgical Interest Group hosts speaking events where medical professionals offer a wide array of perspectives on the field of surgery, its newest advancements, and what it means to be a surgical resident or attending surgeon in medicine today. Through its programs and events, TSIG seeks to provide Tulane medical students with opportunities to explore the exciting field of surgery.

2019 Officers:

President: Scott Ninokawa

Vice President: Ryan Falcone

Treasurer: Toni Osinubi

Mentorship Cooridnator: Evan Arnold

Tulane Women in Surgery Group

The purpose of the Tulane Women in Surgery Group (WIS) is to inspire, encourage and enable aspiring female surgeons to achieve their personal and professional goals. WIS facilitates substantial and repeated exposure of Tulane’s medical students to female surgeons by 1) highlighting role models at Tulane and in the local community, 2) providing networking and mentorship opportunities with female surgeons and surgical residents, and 3) providing a forum for open and guided discussion about challenges that pertain to the woman surgeon. Ultimately, WIS’ unique focus is to provide opportunities in which interests, concerns and common experiences, both professional and personal, can be effectively addressed. Many issues that are considered “women’s issues” truly pertain to all modern day surgeons; therefore, WIS is open to all members of the medical community at Tulane. The Tulane Women in Surgery Interest Group was founded in 2012 by Claire Janssen, Chelsea Grimes, Abby Nix and Laura Harper.

2019 Officers:

President: Alexandra Kruse

Vice President: Alice Walton

Treasurer: Tara Reza

Chair of Mentorship Program/Outreach: Mardeen Karim

Secretary: Carly Askinas

Recommended T3 & T4 Coursework

Clerkship in Surgery can be taken at any time in the third year, however it is recommended that this rotation occur in the first half of the third year to allow students the opportunity to be involved in meaningful research, to position them well for sub-internships and Honor’s Surgery, and to ensure faculty know them well enough to write strong letters of recommendation.

Specialty Statistics

Number of Applicants & Positions (from "Results and Data 2018 Main Residency Match")

Summary Statistics (from "Charting Outcomes in the Match 2018")

Special Considerations When Applying for Residency

There are no special considerations when applying for residency in Surgery.

Important Advice

Focus on your Step 1 & 2.

Surgery is competitive and if your Step 1 is below the national average, make an appointment with Dr. Killackey as early as possible. The department and Dean’s office will work together to create a recommendation.

Surgery is hard work and at times, long hours, so you must love the field. After training, there are many possibilities on how to structure your practice, some less demanding than others – feel free to come talk to the Department leaders, we’re here to educate and help!

Where Past Tulane Students Have Matched (Past Five Years)

UC San Francisco-East Bay OAKLAND CA 2015 Oral
Maxillofacial Surgery
Barnes-Jewish Hosp ST LOUIS MO 2015 Plastic
Surgery (Integrated)
Icahn SOM at Mount Sinai NEW YORK NY 2016
Eastern VA Med School NORFOLK VA 2015 Plastic Surgery (Integrated) U Michigan Hosps-Ann Arbor ANN ARBOR MI 2017
Florida Hosp-Orlando ORLANDO FL 2015 Plastic Surgery (Integrated) UC San Francisco SAN FRANCISCO CA 2018
Icahn SOM Beth Israel NEW YORK NY 2015 Plastic Surgery (Integrated) Dartmouth-Hitchcock Med Ctr-NH LEBANON NH 2018
Indiana Univ Sch Of Med INDIANAPOLIS IN 2015 Plastic Surgery (Integrated) Yale-New Haven Hosp NEW HAVEN CT 2018
LSUHSC-Shreveport SHREVEPORT LA 2015 Plastic Surgery (Integrated) LSU SOM-New Orleans NEW ORLEANS LA 2018
Rhode Island Hosp/Brown Univ PROVIDENCE RI 2015 Plastic Surgery (Integrated) St Louis Univ SOM ST. LOUIS MO 2018
Santa Barbara Cottage Hosp SANTA BARBAR CA 2015 Plastic Surgery (Integrated) U South Florida Morsani COM-Tampa TAMPA FL 2019
St Elizabeths Med Ctr BOSTON MA 2015 Vascular Surgery LSU SOM-New Orleans NEW ORLEANS LA 2018
Thomas Jefferson Univ PHILADELPHIA PA 2015 Vascular Surgery Charleston Area Med Ctr/WV Univ CHARLESTON WV 2019
U Kansas SOM-Kansas City KANSAS CITY KS 2015          
U Kentucky Med Ctr LEXINGTON KY 2015          
U Rochester/Strong Mem ROCHESTER NY 2015          
Barnes-Jewish Hosp ST LOUIS MO 2016          
Baylor Coll Med-Houston HOUSTON TX 2016          
Duke Univ Med Ctr DURHAM NC 2016          
East Tennessee St Univ JOHNSON CITY TN 2016          
Georgetown Univ Hosp WASHINGTON DC 2016          
Icahn SOM Beth Israel NEW YORK NY 2016          
Medical College of Georgia AUGUSTA GA 2016          
Michigan St Univ-East Lansing LANSING MI 2016          
NYP Hosp-Weill Cornell Med Ctr NEW YORK NY 2016          
NYU School Of Medicine NEW YORK NY 2016          
Oregon Health & Science Univ PORTLAND OR 2016          
Rhode Island Hosp/Brown Univ PROVIDENCE RI 2016          
Rush University Med Ctr CHICAGO IL 2016          
Thomas Jefferson Univ PHILADELPHIA PA 2016          
Tulane Univ SOM NEW ORLEANS LA 2016          
U Illinois COM-Chicago CHICAGO IL 2016          
U Oklahoma COM-OK City OKLAHOMA CIT OK 2016          
U Southern California LOS ANGELES CA 2016          
UC San Diego Med Ctr SAN DIEGO CA 2016          
Walter Reed National Military Medical Cen BETHESDA MD 2016          
Barnes-Jewish Hosp ST LOUIS MO 2017          
Carolinas Med Ctr CHARLOTTE NC 2017          
Greenville Health Sys/Univ of So Carolina GREENVILLE SC 2017          
Maricopa Med Ctr PHOENIX AZ 2017          
NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr NEW YORK NY 2017          
Ochsner Clinic Foundation NEW ORLEANS LA 2017          
Rush University Med Ctr CHICAGO IL 2017          
Tulane Univ SOM NEW ORLEANS LA 2017          
U Colorado SOM-Denver AURORA CO 2017          
U Southern California LOS ANGELES CA 2017          
U Texas Southwestern Med Sch-Dallas DALLAS TX 2017          
UC Irvine Med Ctr ORANGE CA 2017          
UC San Francisco-East Bay OAKLAND CA 2017          
Univ of Chicago Med Ctr CHICAGO IL 2017          
Univ of Tennessee COM MEMPHIS TN 2017          
University of Alberta EDMONTON ALBERTA 2017          
University of Hawaii HONOLULU HI 2017          
Wright Patterson Medical Center DAYTON OH 2017          
Barnes-Jewish Hosp ST LOUIS MO 2018          
Baylor Coll Med-Houston HOUSTON TX 2018          
Emory Univ SOM ATLANTA GA 2018          
Florida Hosp-Orlando ORLANDO FL 2018          
Florida State University COM TALLAHASSEE FL 2018          
Harbor-UCLA Med Ctr TORRANCE CA 2018          
Icahn SOM St Lukes-Roosevelt NEW YORK NY 2018          
Kaweah Delta Health Care District VISALIA CA 2018          
LSU SOM-New Orleans NEW ORLEANS LA 2018          
Montefiore Med Ctr/Einstein BRONX NY 2018          
Naval Medical Center SAN DIEGO CA 2018          
Rush University Medical Center CHICAGO IL 2018          
Tulane Univ SOM NEW ORLEANS LA 2018          
Univ of FL COM - Shands Hospital GAINESVILLE FL 2018          
University  Hosps-Columbia COLUMBIA MO 2018          
SUNY HSC Brooklyn-NY BROOKLYN NY 2019          
U New Mexico SOM ALBUQUERQUE NM 2019          
NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY NEW YORK NY 2019          
U Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics MADISON WI 2019          
Mayo Clinic School of Grad Med Educ-FL JACKSONVILLE FL 2019          
Creighton Univ Affil Hosps-AZ PHOENIX AZ 2019          
Carolinas Med Ctr-NC CHARLOTTE NC 2019          
U South Florida Morsani COM-Tampa TAMPA FL 2019          
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2019          
B I Deaconess Med Ctr-MA BOSTON MA 2019          
St Lukes-Bethlehem-PA BETHLEHEM PA 2019          
Temple Univ Hosp-PA PHILADELPHIA PA 2019          
Mayo Clinic School of Grad Med Educ-AZ PHOENIX AZ 2019          
Wake Forest Baptist Med Ctr-NC WINSTON-SALEM NC 2019          
UPMC Medical Education-PA PITTSBURGH PA 2019          
Montefiore Med Ctr/Einstein-NY BRONX NY 2019          
Orlando Health-FL ORLANDO FL 2019          
Stanford Univ Progs-CA STANFORD CA 2019