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Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, offers a dynamic and robust five-year categorical General Surgery Residency. During your training, your responsibilities increase with your experience, capability, and performance.

Unique program opportunities include:

  • Learning about and performing both common (such as gallbladder, hernia, and appendix) and complex (such as liver, pancreas, stomach, and aorta) procedures in a one-on-one setting with Mayo surgeons.
  • Having direct access to Faculty members that, in addition to caring for patients in their clinical practices, are committed to teaching and facilitating the growth of medical knowledge. Our faculty members are recognized leaders in their fields, who publish more than 300 papers each year and give more than 200 presentations annually.
  • Participating in rounds each morning as part of a small team working with one staff surgeon. During rounds, new patients are presented, inpatient management is reviewed, and teaching sessions are held.
  • Writing all orders and being responsible for managing your patients throughout your residency.
  • Participating in the Surgical Olympics which evaluates General Surgery interns on surgical skills and knowledge
  • Outstanding research opportunities

Integrated Community and Rural Surgery Track

The Integrated Community and Rural Surgery Track combines the academic excellence of Mayo Clinic residency with a robust community and rural surgical experience within Mayo Clinic Health System. An emphasis on surgical breadth within general surgery and surgical subspecialties allows a qualified candidate to confidently practice in a community, rural, or international setting after successful completion of the residency.

If you have an interest in community or rural surgery, come take a look at our program. We have a lot to offer and are looking for motivated, driven students who want to help build a program with incredible resources.

Your training experience

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

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The General Surgery Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, is accredited by the ACGME and is approved for 10 categorical positions each year.


Every resident who successfully completes the General Surgery Residency is eligible for certification through the American Board of Surgery.

Program history

While surgery instruction and teaching dates back to the earliest days of Mayo Clinic, the General Surgery Residency formally began in 1915, when the Mayo brothers created the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.

The program became accredited by the American Board of Surgery in the 1950s and by the forerunner of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in the 1970s. Since that time, hundreds of residents have completed their training in general surgery at Mayo Clinic.

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