For Prospective Residents

We hope that our website will give you a glimpse of the educational experience we provide while highlighting the beautiful, rural environment in which we provide it.

Having spent over 20 collective years working at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, we have an insider's perspective on the strengths of the institution and the program. We feel the greatest strength lies in the attitudes and interactions between the residents, faculty, and staff.

Prospective candidates consistently tell us how surprised they are at how well people here interact compared to other training programs. Our residents and faculty work hard but also have the luxury of a beautiful surrounding area in which to achieve a good work-life balance. The program self-selects for individuals with intelligence and work ethic who also value balance, family, and outdoor activities. 

Diversity vision of the Geisel School of Medicine

Geisel School of Medicine believes a diverse and inclusive community of students, residents, faculty and staff enhances the educational experience, widens the path to leadership, and advances our mission of improving health locally, nationally, and globally. Geisel School of Medicine recognizes diversity as relating to gender, race, and ethnicity.

In addition, for students entering the health care profession, we recognize socioeconomic background. Importantly, the definition of diversity also includes difficult to define measures or attributes such as the rich breadth of human experiences, talents, and attributes. Geisel School of Medicine strives to allow the multiplicity of values, beliefs, interests, and viewpoints of a diverse and inclusive community to foster excellence in our efforts to provide an exceptional medical and graduate education and address quality health outcomes for all.

In diversity there is beauty and there is strength. We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of that tapestry are equal in value no matter their color.

Maya Angelou
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center tour

Learning at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Do not let the rural environment fool you. Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center is a 450-bed quaternary care facility with a catchment area of over 1.5 million patients. You will train with highly sub-specialized surgical staff in a residency encumbered by few fellowships.

We have high standards for performance and will help you to achieve your goals in surgery.

You will have an opportunity after your second or third year to perform basic science, clinical or outcomes research and achieve a Masters in health care delivery or public health.

Our trainees match into competitive fellowships in:

  • Cardiac and thoracic surgery
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Plastic surgery
  • Surgical oncology
  • Vascular surgery

Those who opt for general surgery practice feel well trained to do so after their 5 clinical years here. Our board passage rate has been excellent and all residents sitting for their oral and written boards have passed on their first attempt in the last 4 years. We have a well-defined didactic and simulation curriculum. 

We hope our website offers information that will be useful to you in your search for a general surgery training program. We are committed to providing a quality educational experience with expectations for excellence in an environment that fosters and values outside interests and family life.

Best of luck in your interview process.

Kari Rosenkranz, MD
Program Director

David J. Mancini, MD
Associate Program Director