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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 Dr. Shauna Levy 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. Call Tulane Surgery Education Department (504.988.7123) for more information.

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 very competitive, but don’t let a score discourage you.

If you are choosing surgery, you must love the field. Therefore, you must follow your dream.