Our General Surgery Residency Program has proudly trained residents since 1942. In 1958, the program was accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We prepare motivated physicians to become confident and competent in general surgery.
Extraordinary preparation with the focus on collaboration
The setting is a Level I urban trauma center that annually admits more than 3,000 patients with diverse injuries. General surgery residents receive early operative experience and finish with 1,200-1,400 cases. This intimate program is distinguished by the close connection between residents and attending staff, and the strong esprit de corps among residents.
Wellstar surgery residents pursue 10 clinical rotations at 7 clinical sites. The teaching staff includes esteemed academic and private volunteer faculty. Residents are exposed to the gamut of experiences—urban and rural/suburban communities, insured and uninsured patients, and both “bread and butter” and complex cases.
Hands-on Experience Starts Early
The focus on experiential, hands-on learning starts early. Beginning in year one, residents gain operating room experience and are involved in trauma and surgical critical care. There’s a strong focus on building competence in “bedside” procedures.
Connection and Camaraderie
Wellstar surgery residents are a spirited group of men and women who form close bonds over the course of their training. Social and academic highlights include the annual intern welcome party, our intramural flag football team, Monthly Journal Club, outing to Topgolf, and the much-anticipated annual graduation dinner. Aside from these formal opportunities are the daily interactions that build camaraderie among residents and attending physicians.
Hands-on, experiential learning starts in the first year and continues throughout the residency. Teaching faculty is deeply committed to providing the best in surgical education. Faculty members are always available and fully integrate their clinical practices into the training program. Residents also learn from outstanding community surgeons at Wellstar and our integrated teaching sites.
Clinical rotations include: General Surgery, Trauma Surgery/Surgical Critical Care, Vascular Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Thoracic Surgery and Breast Surgery.
The first year experience includes 2 months of Plastic Surgery, 2 months of Vascular Surgery, 2 months of Trauma, 4 months of General Surgery and 2 months of Night Float, all at Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center.
During PGY-2 residents complete 1 month of Transplant Training (Piedmont Hospital), 3 months of General Surgery (Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center), 4 months of Trauma (Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center), 2 months of General Surgery (Wellstar North Fulton Medical Center) and 2 months of Night Float.
Year 3 (PGY-3) requires the following rotations—2 months of Pediatric Surgery (Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital), 2 months of Surgical Oncology (Piedmont Atlanta), 4 months of General Surgery (Wellstar North Fulton Medical Center) and 4 months of Vascular Surgery (Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center).
During PGY-4 surgery residents devote 2 months to General Surgery (Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center), 4 months to Trauma (Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center), 2 months to Vascular Surgery/Colorectal Surgery (Piedmont Fayette Medical Center), 2 months of Hepatobiliary Surgery (Piedmont Atlanta Hospital) and 2 months of Night Float.
Chief (PGY-5) year rotations include 3 months of Vascular Surgery/Colorectal Surgery (Piedmont Fayette Medical Center), 2 months of General Surgery (Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center), 3 months of Hepatobiliary Surgery (Piedmont Hospital), 1 month of Thoracic Surgery (Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center), 1 month of Breast Surgery (Wellstar Cobb Hospital) and 3 months of Night Float.
Wellstar surgery residents are strongly encouraged to participate in research projects that lead to publication and/or presentation at regional and national scientific meetings. Travel involved with publications and presentations is financed by the Graduate Medical Education program.
All Wellstar residents become certified in ATLS, FLS and FES; those interested may become ATLS instructors.
Wellstar offers qualified third and fourth-year medical students the opportunity to pursue a core or elective clerkship in General Surgery. The focus is on hands-on training in an exciting urban healthcare environment with diverse and often complex patient conditions.
Clerkship participants work out of the main Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center Campus in downtown Atlanta, as well as our AMC South Campus on Cleveland Avenue. Students provide their own housing during the clerkship, often staying with friends or relatives in the Atlanta area or in nearby housing. Participants give the program high marks and benefit greatly from the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to “real world” healthcare.
A letter of good standing from your home medical school
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Blake Bendixen, MD
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Naqeeb Faroqui, MD
Mercer University School of Medicine
Wessam Hassanein, MD
University of Alexandria Faculty of Medicine
David Anwanwan, MD
Morehouse School of Medicine
Derek Duey, MD
Ross University School of Medicine
Abigail Florence, MD
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Brian Jimenez, MD
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine
Paul Jonathan, MD
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
How to Apply
Our interview schedule begins in early November and continues through February. Please note that interviews are by invitation and will be scheduled for Friday evenings and Saturday mornings during the time period listed. We welcome your interest in Wellstar’s Residency Program in General Surgery!
Questions? Contact Program Coordinator Kathy Fayne.