General Surgery Residency

A Message from the Program Director

Thank you for your interest in the Tulane General Surgery Residency. Dating back to 1834 at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, we are one of the oldest surgical residencies in the country. Currently, we match 5 categorical residents annually into a 5-year ACGME-accredited program.

Our program is centered in New Orleans and includes rotations at the Tulane Medical Center, University Medical Center, New Orleans Veterans Affairs Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, and several private hospitals in the metro area. We have one chief rotation in Alexandria, LA to ensure all graduates get exposure to community general surgery.

We believe in a graduated responsibility model to produce competent, confident surgeons. In addition to clinical training, we pride ourselves on producing residents that demonstrate excellence in education, research, innovation, and leadership. The majority of our graduates go on to fellowships in a wide range of subspecialties. Since 2010, 25% of our residents have gone directly into general surgery practice.

Under the leadership of our Chair, Dr. Killackey, we strive to embody the five pillars of esprit de corp of the department of surgery.

  1. Trust is the foundation.
  2. I’m all in.
  3. Each one, teach one
  4. Aspire to greatness
  5. The family in everyone

We are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and value nontraditional aspects of applicants. As a department, we believe in equity in the clinical learning environment. We strive towards cultural competency through education for faculty, residents, hospital staff and patients. We understand that a commitment to diversity includes individualized, whole-person development and mentorship.

We know surgery residency is challenging and successful completion requires dedication and hard work. To balance this, we have a deliberate focus on resident wellness. In addition to our commitment to a nurturing learning environment, the wellness program includes monthly,  department-wide social activities, tools to recognize burnout, and resources to support mental and physical health.

I am excited for your interest in our General Surgery Residency and hope you will consider Tulane for your training.

David Yu


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