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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.
 
Subspecialties

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 Shardai Williams 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. Danielle Tatum, who is the Director of Research 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.

Contact:

Divya Dharmaraj

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.

Contact:

Mary Siki

Sub Specialty Interest Group Under Surgery (SINUS)

Contact: 

Scott McCraney

 
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

SURG 

Matched

Unmatched

 

n = 939

n = 172

1. Mean number of contiguous ranks

13.2

6.1

2. Mean number of distinct specialties ranked

1.0

1.1

3. Mean USMLE Step 1 score

237

219

4. Mean USMLE Step 2 score

249

234

5. Mean number of research experiences

4.0

3.4

6. Mean number of abstracts, presentations, publications

7.1

4.8

7. Mean number of work experiences

3.6

3.6

8. Mean number of volunteer experiences

8.3

8.2

9. Percentage who are AOA members

18.5

1.7

10. Percentage who graduated from one of the 40 US medical schools with the highest NIH funding

29.9

17.4

11. Percentage who have Ph.D. degree

1.7

1.9

12. Percentage who have another graduate degree

22.3

24.4

 

 

 

 

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 or Step 2 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)





B I Deaconess Med Ctr-MA BOSTON MA 2019
Barnes-Jewish Hosp-MO ST LOUIS MO 2018
Barnes-Jewish Hosp-MO ST LOUIS MO 2017
Barnes-Jewish Hosp-MO ST LOUIS MO 2017
Baylor Coll Med-Houston-TX HOUSTON TX 2018
Baylor Coll Med-Houston-TX HOUSTON TX 2018
Boston Univ Med Ctr-MA Boston MA 2021
Brown Univ/Rhode Island Hosp Providence RI 2021
Carolinas Med Ctr-NC CHARLOTTE NC 2017
Carolinas Med Ctr-NC CHARLOTTE NC 2019
Creighton Univ Affil Hosps-AZ PHOENIX AZ 2019
Emory Univ SOM-GA ATLANTA GA 2018
Florida Hosp-Orlando-FL ORLANDO FL 2018
Florida State University COM TALLAHASSEE FL 2018
Grand Strand Reg Med Ctr-SC Myrtle Beach SC 2021
Greenville Health Sys/Univ of So Carolina GREENVILLE SC 2017
Harbor-UCLA Med Ctr-CA TORRANCE CA 2018
Harbor-UCLA Med Ctr-CA TORRANCE CA 2020
HCA Brandon Regional Tampa FL 2021
Huntington Memorial Hosp-CA Pasadena CA 2021
Icahn SOM St Lukes-Roosevelt-NY NEW YORK NY 2018
Kaweah Delta Health Care District-CA VISALIA CA 2018
Lahey Clinic-MA BURLINGTON MA 2020
LSU SOM-New Orleans-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2018
LSU SOM-New Orleans-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2018
LSU SOM-New Orleans-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2018
LSU SOM-New Orleans-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2020
Maricopa Med Ctr-AZ PHOENIX AZ 2017
Mayo Clinic School of Grad Med Educ-AZ PHOENIX AZ 2019
Mayo Clinic School of Grad Med Educ-FL JACKSONVILLE FL 2019
Mayo Clinic School of Grad Med Educ-FL Jacksonville FL 2021
Memorial Healthcare System-FL Pembroke Pines FL 2021
Methodist Hospital-Houston-TX HOUSTON TX 2020
Methodist Hospital-Houston-TX Houston TX 2021
Methodist Hospital-Houston-TX Houston TX 2021
Montefiore Med Ctr/Einstein-NY BRONX NY 2018
Montefiore Med Ctr/Einstein-NY BRONX NY 2018
Montefiore Med Ctr/Einstein-NY BRONX NY 2019
Naval Medical Center SAN DIEGO CA 2018
NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hosp-NY BROOKLYN NY 2020
NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY NEW YORK NY 2017
NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY NEW YORK NY 2019
Ochsner Clinic Foundation-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2017
Oregon Health & Science Univ PORTLAND OR 2020
Orlando Health-FL ORLANDO FL 2019
Orlando Health-FL Orlando FL 2021
Penn State Hershey Med Ctr-PA HERSHEY PA 2019
Penn State Hershey Med Ctr-PA HERSHEY PA 2019
Riverside University Health Sys-CA Moreno Valley CA 2021
Rush University Med Ctr-IL CHICAGO IL 2017
Rush University Medical Center CHICAGO IL 2018
St Lukes-Bethlehem-PA BETHLEHEM PA 2019
Stanford Univ Progs-CA STANFORD CA 2019
Stanford Univ Progs-CA Stanford CA 2021
SUNY HSC Brooklyn-NY BROOKLYN NY 2019
Temple Univ Hosp-PA PHILADELPHIA PA 2019
Temple Univ Hosp-PA PHILADELPHIA PA 2019
Tripler Army Medical Center TRIPLER HI 2020
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2018
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2018
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2018
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2018
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2017
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2019
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2020
Tulane Univ SOM-LA New Orleans LA 2021
Tulane Univ SOM-LA New Orleans LA 2021
Tulane Univ SOM-LA New Orleans LA 2021
Tulane Univ SOM-LA  NEW ORLEANS LA 2019
Tulane Univ SOM-LA  NEW ORLEANS LA 2019
Tulane Univ SOM-LA  NEW ORLEANS LA 2020
Tulane Univ SOM-LA  NEW ORLEANS LA 2020
U Arizona COM-Tucson TUCSON AZ 2020
U Colorado SOM-Denver AURORA CO 2017
U New Mexico SOM ALBUQUERQUE NM 2019
U Rochester/Strong Memorial-NY Rochester NY 2021
U South Florida Morsani COM-Tampa TAMPA FL 2019
U Southern California LOS ANGELES CA 2017
U Southern California Los Angeles CA 2021
U Texas Med Sch-Houston HOUSTON TX 2020
U Texas Southwestern Med Sch-Dallas DALLAS TX 2017
U Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics MADISON WI 2019
UC Irvine Med Ctr-CA ORANGE CA 2017
UC Irvine Med Ctr-CA Orange CA 2021
UC San Francisco-East Bay-CA OAKLAND CA 2017
Univ of Chicago Med Ctr-IL CHICAGO IL 2017
Univ of FL COM - Shands Hospital GAINESVILLE FL 2018
Univ of Tennessee COM MEMPHIS TN 2017
University at Buffalo SOM-NY Buffalo NY 2021
University Hosps-Columbia-MO COLUMBIA MO 2018
University Hosps-Jackson-MS  JACKSON  MS 2019
University of Alberta EDMONTON ALBERTA 2017
University of Hawaii HONOLULU HI 2017
University of Utah Health SALT LAKE CITY UT 2020
UPMC Medical Education-PA PITTSBURGH PA 2019
Vanderbilt Univ Med Ctr-TN Nashville TN 2021
Virginia Commonwealth U Hlth Sys RICHMOND VA 2020
Wake Forest Baptist Med Ctr-NC WINSTON-SALEM NC 2019
Wright Patterson Medical Center DAYTON OH 2017
Zucker SOM-Northwell Lenox Hill Hosp-NY NEW YORK NY 2020
Zucker SOM-Northwell Lenox Hill Hosp-NY New York NY 2021
Zucker SOM-Northwell NS/LIJ-NY  QUEENS NY

2020