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Residency Training

General Surgery Residency 

The primary goal of the surgical residency training program is to prepare each resident to be successful in the career path he/she chooses--whether academics, sub specialty, rural or other private practice. The University of Iowa has a long standing residency program. The College of Medicine was established by Washington Freeman Peck who served as the first Chair of Surgery and Dean of the College of Medicine for 20 years.

Graduates of this program are prepared to enter a fellowship or private practice or to continue in an academic career (see Alumni Placement for details of the destinations of previous Iowa surgical residents). Surgical residency training is a high priority item for the full time faculty of the Department of Surgery. Through close supervision, the surgical staff provides teaching at each level for the residents with a well-organized program of increasing responsibility from the first through the fifth years. 

A further goal of the program is to create an environment that encourages residents in scholarly pursuits. Opportunities for residents to prepare manuscripts, write chapters and book reviews and Involvement in original clinical, basic science, and translational research. Some residents elect to spend extended time on original research to prepare themselves for academic careers.

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 Vascular Surgery Residency 

During your training you will care for a diverse patient population that will serve to foster an expertise in the most common to most complex surgical conditions. Our faculty hail from other top institutions from around the country, each bringing with them a unique surgical perspective that will deepen your skill-set. As a program we take pride in providing leading-edge patient care, advancing the field of vascular surgery through first-rate research, and providing superior education to the next generation of high-quality surgeons.

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Plastic Surgery Residency

The residency-training program in Plastic Surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is a three-year Independent Program that trains individuals that have met the prerequisite training requirements defined by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The prerequisite training requirements can be met by completing five progressive years of training in general surgery sufficient to qualify for certification by the American Board of Surgery or by completing and reaching Board eligibility in a formal, ACGME–accredited training program in one of the following ABMS specialties: vascular surgery, neurologic surgery, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, thoracic surgery, or urology. Alternatively, individuals with both a dental and medical degree may meet the prerequisite requirements by completing an ADA-approved training program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery that includes 2 years of Surgery training. The goal of our Plastic Surgery training program is the development of a competent and responsible Plastic Surgeon with high moral and ethical character. 

Thoracic Surgery Residency

Cardiothoracic Surgery (CTS) offers a six-year integrated cardiothoracic surgical training program. Medical students apply directly to an integrated cardiothoracic surgery residency program. The objective of this training program is to provide a more comprehensive and rational total immersion into the diagnosis and management of all aspects of cardiovascular and thoracic diseases through multi-disciplinary training, including rotations in interventional radiology, interventional cardiology, endovascular surgery, oncolory, and pulmonary disease. Integrated programs also allow for more training in new technologies such as robotics and minimally invasive approaches. This innovative program is centered on a streamlined curriculum focused on preparing its trainees to develop successful careers in an academic or private practice setting, or enter a specialized fellowship.

The CTS integrated program curriculum is flexible, offering pathways of emphasis in either cardiac or general thoracic surgery, leading to eligibility for the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) certification exams (written and oral), but not for the American Board of Surgery (ABS). During the first three years of the program (PGY1 through PGY3), the cardiac pathway includes emphasis on vascular and endovascular surgery as well as cardiac catheterization, echocardiography, and cardiac electrophysiology; similarly; the general thoracic pathway includes emphasis on surgical oncology, interventional radiology, and foregut/esophageal physiology.

The last three years of the program (PGY4 through PGY6) consist of intense operative experiences in both cardiac and general thoracic surgery, individualized according to the residents’ clinical interests, yet comfortably achieving ABTS case requirements for certification. At this stage, residents will also assume administrative responsibilities to derive experience in managing busy clinical services and organizing the educational curriculum for their peers.

Learn more about the Thoracic Surgery Residency Program through the Office of Graduate Medical Education.