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The department has an approved residency in general surgery leading to Board Certification by the American Board of Surgery. John Sharp, MD, served as the residency program director from 1991 until 2017, and was appointed Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Surgery in 2012. In 2017, Julia Shelton, MD, MPH, assumed the role of residency program director. There are currently 36 surgical residents and we have the approval to finish six chief residents each year. One to two years of research is available to residents who are interested in a career in academic surgery.

The UI Department of Surgery has approved fellowships in transplantation, critical care, and vascular surgery. Medical students in the third year rotate through surgery as part of their core clerkship. Fourth year sub-internships, advanced general surgery electives, and research opportunities are available in the divisions.

On the clinical services, general surgery residents benefit from a careful separation of responsibilities between senior residents and fellows. In pediatric surgery, plastic surgery, minimal access surgery, and surgical oncology, the senior residents benefit as the lack of a fellow provides a uniquely rich training environment.