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General Surgery Residency

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, located in rural New Hampshire, is the focus of our five-year ACGME accredited surgery program.

We also provide experiences at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center in White River Junction, VT, and at community-based hospitals in Concord, NH and New London, NH. The experience at Concord Hospital supplies the resident with a view of community surgical practice, while the VA provides experience with an aging and, often, indigent population with multiple co-morbidities. New London Hospital, a community based surgical practice, provides experience in general surgery, laparoscopy and endoscopy.

The quality of the educational experience is the major focus of the rotations in the Dartmouth training program. The Surgical Education Committee, which consists of resident and faculty representatives, monitors the quality of each rotation experience and participates aggressively in the effort to continuously improve the curriculum within our training program.

Our chief residents each finish with case numbers and types that compare quite favorably with those of their colleagues throughout the nation. Our faculty is small in number, and relatively young in age. The training experience is an intimate one due to the relatively small size of our program. The faculty at Dartmouth is academically active. The ratio of published, peer-reviewed articles and book chapters to the number of faculty compares favorably to any academic surgical department in the United States. The same is true for the amount of grant support received from NIH and other outside funding sources.

The research experience at Dartmouth typically occurs after the second clinical year. It is not compulsory, nor is the length of time in the laboratory mandated. Residents may also be interested in the Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency, or may decide to continue their training without interruption.

Trainees at Dartmouth most commonly choose to continue post-graduate training after the completion of general surgery training. Typically, one in five or six of our residents decides to enter directly into general surgery practice. Their specialties mirror the distribution that occurs throughout the nation. A high percentage of our graduates apply to cardiothoracic, plastics, and vascular post-graduate training programs. The majority, however, tend to pick the general surgery specialties of laparoscopy, colorectal, trauma, oncology, and pediatrics.

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