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Graduate medical education in surgery specialties at Mayo Clinic

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The General Surgery Residency at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, offers training in open and minimally invasive surgical techniques with an emphasis on evidence-based surgery. Our training program incorporates the three shields of the Mayo Clinic logo: patient care, research, and education.


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General Surgery Residency

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General Surgery Residency

The five-year General Surgery Residency features:

  • An autonomous chief resident year
  • Strong didactic curriculum based on the Surgical Council on Resident Education (SCORE) curriculum
  • An interactive weekly conference schedule
  • State-of-the-art dedicated surgical simulation lab with laparoscopic and robotic trainers and 24/7 access
  • An apprenticeship model of surgical training on minimally invasive and chief service
  • A team-based model of surgical training on the subspeciality services (surgical oncology and colorectal)
  • Outstanding offsite rotations (VA hospital/Phoenix Children's hospital/St. Joseph's hospital/Valleywise Health county hospital)
  • Robotic surgery curriculum including a dedicated robotic surgical simulator
  • Exposure to complex surgical patients
  • Search, editing, and biostatistical research support
  • Opportunities for teaching and leadership roles
Video: The Arizona Experience


Video: The Arizona Experience


The General Surgery Residency is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) residency review committee for surgery. The program has received the maximum five-year ACGME accreditation every cycle since its inception in 1995. The last site visit was 2011, and the program was awarded the highest accreditation status.


After successfully completing the General Surgery Residency, graduates are eligible to take the American Board of Surgery qualifying examination.

General surgery residents in the operating room in Arizona

Your training experience

As a resident at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, you'll have access to robust clinical and educational resources. You'll find support both inside and outside of the campus to promote wellness and ensure your work/life balance.

More about the curriculum

Nitin Mishra, M.B.B.S., M.P.H.

Director's welcome

Our program has been built on the strong foundation of Mayo Clinic values. We strive to provide each trainee with the resources to become the best surgeon that they possibly can.

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