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General Surgery Residency (Minnesota)

Department and Faculty

More than 50,000 operations a year are performed at Mayo Clinic with a voluminous range of cases. Teamwork is a hallmark at Mayo, along with access to specialists in virtually any area of medicine. The lifestyle and work-life balance is exceptional, offering you an opportune environment in which to cultivate both your professional and personal interests.

Mayo Clinic offers numerous educational opportunities throughout your General Surgery Residency and extending into a number of fellowship programs. There is a widespread didactic experience as well as heavy simulation experience, particularly in the early years of training.


In addition to the support of your program director and two program coordinators, you are assigned a faculty adviser who can provide comprehensive educational advice and personal support.

Your adviser also serves as a contact point, introducing you and your family to Rochester, Minnesota, and the Mayo Clinic system.

Visiting professors

Many prominent surgeons and surgical professors visit Mayo each year. They present their work during lectures and participate in hospital rounds. You are encouraged to interact with these engaging visitors during rounds, meals or sit-down sessions.

From the director

John M. Stulak, M.D.Welcome to the Mayo Clinic General Surgery Residency. We have an outstanding accredited five-year residency training program at one of the premier medical centers in the United States.

The Mayo Clinic General Surgery Residency offers a broad experience in general surgery and its subspecialties. Graduates are well-prepared to enter private practice, academic practice, or go on to subspecialty fellowship training at the end of their time here. Residents get a wealth of clinical experience in addition to an incredible depth of research endeavors.

Our educational program focuses on creating the "whole surgeon." We expect our graduates to be technically outstanding while also incredibly astute clinical decision-makers. Our education program is robust and is known for its preceptorship concept, which many of the General Surgery services run upon. You have the opportunity to work one-on-one with some of the world's best surgeons.

You are invited to read what our current residents are saying about our program. By hearing what those experienced residents have to say, you will gain an appreciation of the depth and breadth of our training program.

We encourage you to look into the incredible wealth of experiences offered by our program.

John Stulak, M.D.
General Surgery Residency Program Director