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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.


The Department is home to more than 70 residents and fellows, taught by 47 full-time faculty and more than 90 clinical faculty. In addition, the surgical education of the 1,200 students in the Wayne State University School of Medicine is the Department’s responsibility.

The diverse backgrounds and interests of the surgical faculty enrich the residency in several ways:

  • First, the majority of the faculty are engaged in either basic or clinical research, or both, which adds greater depth to their teaching.
  • Second, most of our faculty have more than one clinical interest or subspecialty.
  • Third, the faculty are dedicated teachers.
  • Fourth, each of our hospitals where residents rotate has full-time surgical faculty primarily based at that institution.
  • Finally, the regional and national reputations and contacts of the faculty provide an extensive network, helping our residents with their plans after they have completed their training.

Residency Programs

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.

Fellowship Programs

In conjunction with its multiple hospital partners the Department offers five fellowships, summarized below:

The Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery/Bariatric Surgery Fellowship is a 1-year all-inclusive fellowship that includes general, robotic, MIS, bariatric, and trauma, accredited by the Fellowship Council. It aims to provide fellows with an immersion in the study and practice of diseases of the GI tract and abdominal cavity such that knowledge and skill-based confidence will achieve expert status by the end of the experience. 

The Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit is a fully accredited 2-year training program (the eighth accredited pediatric training program in the country) that offers one position per year to a highly qualified surgeon. The goal is to provide care, education, research, advocacy and prevention, to the benefit of children, their families and their communities, and to improve and advance optimal pediatric surgical care. The program has a 100% board exam passage rate and graduates are heavily recruited for job opportunities across the country. 

The ACGME-accredited 2-year Vascular Fellowship program is conducted across multiple participating healthcare systems by diverse faculty in both urban and suburban settings, to provide varied experience in a dynamic healthcare environment with a high volume of patients. All academic sites have dedicated endovascular suites and ICAVL vascular labs for top notch patient care. The program aims to train future leaders in vascular surgery and clinically talented academic surgeons. All Fellows are involved in clinical research projects yielding at least 1-2 peer-reviewed publications in each year of training. 

The Surgical Critical Care Fellowship provides the clinical, educational, and administrative environment and resources needed to develop advanced proficiency in the management of critically ill surgical patients, to acquire the qualifications necessary to supervise surgical critical care units, and to conduct scholarly activities in surgical critical care. The fellowship provides a broad-based clinical experience and training in adult surgical critical care allowing qualification for board certification in surgical critical care. 


Training Programs

To a very great extent, simulation is the future of surgery. Within a few years, no surgical procedure will be performed without first perfecting it on a full-sized, 3D, and possibly haptic simulation of the specific patient; and most surgical training and skills assessment will be conducted on simulators.

Recognizing that this is the future of surgery, the Department is actively involved in (1) the research and development of simulation technologies both within the Department and in partnership with both global and local hardware engineering and software development corporations, and (2) in applying advanced simulation technologies to residency and fellowship training.