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General Surgery Residency

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock General Surgery Residency program offers a five-year ACGME accredited surgery program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, located in rural Lebanon, New Hampshire.

We also provide experiences at the following hospitals:

  • Concord Hospital in Concord, NH: Providing a view of community surgical practice.
  • New London Hospital in New London, NH: Providing experience in general surgery, laparoscopy, and endoscopy in a community-based surgical practice.
  • Veteran's Administration Medical Center in White River Junction, VT: Providing experience with an aging and, often, indigent population with multiple co-morbidities.

The quality of the educational experience is the major focus of the rotations in our training program. Our 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 mission is to provide the highest quality care to our patients while developing surgeons who display core values of humility, integrity, and intellectual curiosity in an environment of mutual respect and non-judgement allowing each individual to reach his or her full potential.

Program aims

The program aims to train surgeons who:

  • are dedicated to the compassionate of patients and families
  • treat all members of the health care team with respect
  • achieve highest level technical skills understand and practice best evidence based medicine
  • recognize the importance of caring for self as the first step to caring for others
  • perform research aimed at improving health care delivery and patient outcomes

The training and research experience

The training experience is an intimate one due to the relatively small size of our program. Our faculty are academically active, relatively young in age, and small in number.

Our chief residents each finish with case numbers and types that compare quite favorably with those of their colleagues throughout the nation. 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.

Post-graduate training

Trainees in our program most commonly choose to continue post-graduate training after the completion of their general surgery training. Typically, one in five or six of our residents decide 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 following general surgery specialties:

  • Colorectal
  • Laparoscopy
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics
  • Trauma
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