General Surgery Residency
David Edelman, M.D., MSHPEd
Samantha Tarras, M.D.
Associate Program Director
Michael White, M.D.
Associate Program Director
Message from the Program Directors
We are pleased to welcome you to our web page introducing our General Surgery Residency Training Program at the Detroit Medical Center which is part of the Tenet Healthcare System. Our Department has a long and rich tradition in surgery in all its facets, clinical service, research and education.
Our residency is built on the tenets of traditional surgical training, but has positioned itself to take advantage of new technologies and methods for the continued evolution of surgical education to be on the leading edge of change. Our goal is to have a surgical curriculum that gives our residents the tools and skills to practice surgery both at the forefront of change and as it is practiced today. Our surgical residents are positioned to excel in a career in general surgery or in fellowship training.
There are several aspects of our training program that we think create a rich environment for surgical training. We are associated with one of the largest single campus medical schools in the United States which provides a robust educational environment for both medical students and residents as they work together on clinical services. Our skills lab provides a very comprehensive educational program for our junior residents and serves as a FLS testing center.
We have a very large campus and rich clinical experience derived from Harper University Hospital (founded in 1863), Karmanos Cancer Center (one of 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers), Detroit Receiving Hospital (a designated Level I trauma center with verified burn unit), Children’s Hospital of Michigan, The John D. Dingell Veterans Administration Medical Center, Huron Valley Hospital, Sinai-Grace Hospital (a Level II trauma center), and Oakwood Hospital.
From these hospitals our residents obtain broad experience in all areas of surgery including Trauma/Acute Care Surgery/Burns, Surgical Oncology, Breast Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Transplant, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Urology and General Surgery. Our large numbers of hospitals provide a diverse practice environment: From the private practice model of Oakwood Hospital, to the academic/university model of Harper University Hospital and Detroit Receiving Hospital. At the different hospitals the resident will experience different service models from the large resident teams of the trauma services to more of a preceptor model that is seen at Oakwood or the Transplant service.
In terms of research we have a rich tradition of research that spans into areas of trauma/critical care, oncology, simulation and surgical education. We have formed partnerships with the bioengineering department, medical school and other departments for research. Our residents have a diverse environment in which to participate in research.
The program director and staff are proud to introduce our general surgical training program as we lead the way in the continued evolution to train surgeons to meet the challenges, not only of the present, but the future of surgical practice.