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Graduate medical education in surgery specialties at Mayo Clinic

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The General Surgery Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, integrates extensive exposure to all aspects of current general surgery with a firm grounding in underlying scientific principles, methods of clinical investigation, and controversies in management.

This training program allows you to achieve your ultimate goal in surgery. Past graduates have obtained fellowship training in transplantation, surgical oncology, minimally invasive surgery, colon and rectal surgery, plastic surgery, and vascular surgery. The program exposes you to the rapidly expanding body of literature surrounding surgical care and simulation.

The five-year General Surgery Residency offers:

  • The Mayo apprenticeship model of care
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic, and research facilities
  • An advanced electronic medical record
  • A state-of-the-art simulation center
  • A strong didactic curriculum with weekly faculty participation that is patient-centered and learner-focused
  • Direct patient care responsibilities throughout your residency commensurate with your training and experience
  • Early exposure to the operative room with graduated levels of responsibility
  • Exposure to diverse patient populations
  • Hands-on management of common and uncommon surgical disorders
  • Full-time, fellowship-trained, and board-certified faculty with experience in all subspecialties of surgery
  • Access to electronic and printed surgical references, including the Surgical Council on Resident Education (SCORE) curriculum
  • Interdisciplinary research collaboration throughout Mayo Clinic

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Your training experience

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

More about the curriculum

More about our current residents

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Director's welcome

Our program offers an intimate, apprenticeship model of training with small teams of residents and dedicated clinician-educators. Together, we offer high-quality, efficient patient care in an environment that encourages active learning.

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The program fulfills the training requirements as defined by the American Board of Surgery and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).


After successfully completing the program, you are eligible to take the General Surgery Qualifying and Certifying Exams offered by the American Board of Surgery.

Program history

The General Surgery Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida began in July 1997 and has received the maximum five-year ACGME accreditation every cycle since its inception. The last site visit was 2012, and the program was awarded the highest accreditation status. Our residents have participated in numerous departmental, institutional, regional and national committees. As of June 30, 2012, the resident complement is three annually.

Medical student subinternships

Medical students are encouraged to apply for a one-month rotation in general surgery through the Visiting Medical Student Clerkship Program. This allows for an extended exposure to the training program with an emphasis on teamwork and operative exposure.

If you are interested in applying for a rotation in surgery, contact:

Visiting Medical Student Clerkship Program

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