general surgery

  1. H

    Psychiatry as a Specialty Choice

    When I was growing up, I had always thought I'd want to be a psychiatrist. I then experienced significant emotional and, at times, physical abuse at the hands of a family member, and that family member ultimately committed suicide. This whole situation is incredibly complex and not really...
  2. K

    Interventional Cardiology vs. General Surgery

    I am a 3rd year medical student, in love with both General Surgery and Interventional Cardiology. These have been my favorite clerkships, by far. I love the thought of being able to immediately fix problems and I love doing things with my hands. I don't love clinic, but I enjoyed surgery clinic...
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  4. doctor_crane

    No preceptor for General Surgery rotation

    I do not know how common this is, but I've started clinical rotations. My first one is for general surgery. Except I do not have a preceptor, I'm usually not even watching general surgery. I shadow surgeons in the OR, I do not scrub in, I am not asked questions, I'm not involved in patient care...
  5. C

    OBGYN vs. Gen Surg vs. What Else? Advice for a (probably too far) forward-thinking male M1

    So I'm an M1 at my state's allopathic program. I'm non-traditional, 27 yo, with a wife and 9 month old queen. Medicine is my passion. I'm super thankful to be where I am. I think it's incredible that I get to learn all this awesome stuff about the human body and then actually use it to make...
  6. O

    Between GS & Ortho

    Hey everyone, I'm torn between ortho and GS at the moment. If you were also between the two, which did you end up choosing and why?
  7. Med.surg

    General surgery IMG observership

    Hello, everyone! I am an IMG from Europe who graduated and received my M.D. in 2021. I am currently living in Illinois. I passed step 1 with a score of 238 and am awaiting step 2 ck. Perhaps there is a kind General Surgeon who would allow me to observe his job and gain a better understanding of...
  8. Baby Yoda

    Matching into Integrated Pediatric Surgery vs Traditional Pathway (Non-US)

    Hi everyone, I am a senior medical student (MBBS-6) who is currently doing his final year. I am planning to apply to general pediatric surgery next year. I finished a 3-month rotation at my home institution and working with them currently on multiple projects including research and some...
  9. Medstudent00

    M2 wanting to match gen surg but with P/F Step 1, what am I supposed to be doing?

    Hey all, I am a rising M2 and starting to think more about what I want to match into (going back and forth with EM and gen surg). I feel like all the advice I see to match into surgery is getting a high Step 1 score but with that being P/F for my class, what else should I be doing? My...
  10. D

    Job as General surgeon in critical access hospital

    I am entering my fifth year of general surgery residency and have started looking for jobs for next year. I have always planned to end up in either a rural area or smaller city. A lot of the more heavily advertised jobs in these areas are for small critical access hospitals in rural areas. They...
  11. O

    Research for General Surgery

    Hey everyone, I'm about to be an M2 at a very large, state DO school. I'm currently interested in general surgery and had a couple questions about research. I have no prior research experience and am very unfamiliar with the process. There are many opportunities for research within the school...
  12. Rich Ties

    Stony Brook General Surgery Residency

    Can anyone give me any insight into how the General Surgery program at Stony Brook, NY is? I have been hearing/reading mixed things about it and would love to hear the experience of someone who knows more about it. Any Pros vs Cons? Would you do training there again? Family friendly?
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    Position Available Available PGY1-4 Gen-Surg and Ortho. Residency or Fellowship w/Loan Repayment

    ************BE DEBT FREE AFTER RESIDENCY************ The Navy Medicine Team is hiring General Surgeons and Orthopedic Surgeons who are currently in Residency. PART TIME/RESERVE. Receive a stipend of $2466.00 monthly in addition to your current salary along with 40k/year in loan repayment for a...
  14. S

    Us- img in hopes of prelim surgery

    Guy I wanted to ask around. I’m a US citizen IMG. 2018 graduate. step 1- 211 and ck- 231 I’ve always had an interest in general surgery and I was wondering if I should apply prelim this year. I don’t think I’m competitive enough for categorical this year. I’ve heard of people matching general...
  15. S

    US- IMG want to apply preliminary gen surgery

    Guy I wanted to ask around. I’m a US citizen IMG. 2018 graduate. step 1- 211 and ck- 231 I’ve always had an interest in general surgery and I was wondering if I should apply prelim this year. I don’t think I’m competitive enough for categorical this year. I’ve heard of people matching general...
  16. X

    ophtho vs gen surg

    Hi, so i would like some perspective because his has been on my mind and it would be nice to hear other people out. I went to med school for ophhto, no doctors in my family, but have had major life changes due to a sibling with eye disease, hence ophtho. I engaged in some research projects in...
  17. 1

    Are my chances shot for matching now because of COVID-19?

    I'm currently a DO third year wanting to apply for general surgery this September. I arranged my schedule to stupidly have my two general surgery rotations this April and May ( I decided to try for general surgery mid of third year). It looks like worse case scenario I will not get to do a...
  18. G

    Unopposed Gen Surg Residency (Best way to learn how to do basic ortho/neuro surg on G Surg)

    Hello! I am an MS3, and my long-term goals include doing global/rural surgery. I want to start looking for programs that train me to do a wide range of surgeries including some ortho/neuro surg procedures. Any recs about programs that might be able to teach this would be super helpful...
  19. R

    Fellowship as an ECFMG cerified IMG with a General Surgery residency abroad.

    Hi there, I am an ECFMG certified IMG who specialized in general surgeon in a foreign country (not US or Canada). My goal is to get accepted into an ACGME accredited surgery fellowship in the US. I hear about a lot of surgeons doing a non-acgme fellowship, after which they come back to their...
  20. Spectreman

    Do people match into back ups without a Sub-I?

    If you’re pushing for a reach field, but want to play it safe and have a relatively competitive backup, can you do that without giving up 1 or 2 auditions for that field? I’m 508/225 in 3rd year doing relatively well. My school’s surgery chair thinks I have a real shot at Gen Surge with my...
  21. LSMarshall

    Army HPSP Army General Surgery Residency Information

    Attached is the slideshow the Army's "Annual Medical Education Update from 2019" which has a lot of basics. There are still a few worth while questions HPSP students like myself may find useful. I realize the questions I ask below vary year-by-year based on Army needs. That said, historical...
  22. S

    Why are there so many unfilled Prelim positions in 2019 Match?

    Hi, I'm a Non-US IMG, Step 1 265, CS first pass and waiting for my CK score to be released next week. General Surgery is my dream and I've been working towards this goal for the past 4 years. I was reviewing 2019 Match data and I've seen that there are only 581 out of 1158 Prelim positions...
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    General Surgery Board Review Seminar

    The American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS) will host the 2019 General Surgery In-Depth Review Seminar (IDR), April 10-13, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. The IDR is a general surgery board review course designed to provide the general surgeon with an in-depth review in preparation for...
  24. Python Forever

    Matching Anesthesiology/Gen Surg. - MD vs. DO?

    Sorry if I'm posting this on the wrong forum. I'm a nontrad premed who's been shadowing some doctors/physicians, and both anesthesia and general surgery had me captivated. Based purely on my shadowing experiences, if I'm fortunately enough to land a medical school acceptance, I'd like to...
  25. P

    How helpful are your on-call general surgeons in trauma, in EDs that are NOT trauma centers?

    New-ish attending here just picked up a side gig at a medium sized community hospital without any trauma designation. The general surgeons there typically want all trauma patients transferred to the nearest trauma center, which I agree with for the high risk cases. But I don't quite understand...
  26. O

    Programs that don't screen using Step 1

    Hello all, Has anyone come across any community programs that have NOT used Step 1 to screen potential candidates for categorical GS positions? Does anyone have a good resource to look at potential programs in this way?
  27. Prescribe_Rock&Roll

    American Seeking to Study Medicine in Spain

    I am a nontraditional, 28-year-old American from Boston, Massachusetts. I am set to earn my undergraduate degree by December 2019—a BS in Exercise & Health Sciences, minor in Biology. Aside from having previously changed my major like a hundred times before realizing my passion for medicine and...
  28. R

    Trading Interview Dates

  29. B

    LOR: How late is too late?

    So I have 3 LORs that I can use to submit all my applications. However, I am currently on an away that I really like and may get a solid LOR from. I will probably submit this letter as an optional 4th letter for all programs that will take 4. Two questions: 1. When should this letter be...
  30. Gilbert Syndrome

    What are my chances of matching into any Gen Surg program?

    I am currently a 3rd year medical student interested in Gen Surg. I go to a brand new DO school (idk if that hurts me). I scored a 241 on step 1 and a 647 on my COMLEX. I am currently working on a case report that is surgery related. I'm hoping to get at least a poster presentation from that...
  31. L

    What were your favorite programs?

    In getting ready for the upcoming interview cycle... What were some general surgery programs you interviewed at and liked?
  32. B

    General Surgery Letters of Recommendation

    Just had a quick question regarding GS LORs. What is the general consensus on getting letters from surgical subspecialties for GS residency applications? And what if majority of letters come from subspecialty attendings who have done general surgery training? Unrelated question: if I am doing...
  33. SoMuchMCATAhhhh

    Advice Heading into Interview Season

    Hi folks! Had some questions regarding the level of applicant I am for Gen Surg, and the types of programs I could reasonably be a good applicant for. Goals wise- I'd like to head into academics in the future, and do a residency in a bigger city (mostly as this provides my SO with good job...
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    DO General Surgery & Family Practice Dual Residency

    Hi everyone, I'm almost certain I want to go the DO route because I am really fascinated by their treatment philosophy. I think having the additional training in OMM would be especially useful for me, considering I am strongly considering going into family practice. However, I'm also interested...
  35. M

    What surgical procedures do General Surgeons end up doing?

    I was looking around on a couple of threads and it seems to me that cases that General Surgeons get are usually abdomen related. Anything not related to the abdomen seems to be taken by the specialties.
  36. F

    General Surgery - 227 on Step

    Hi! I was just wondering if a step 1 score of 227 was a "good enough" score to be obtain a surgical residency at university programs (or at least an interview...). I was a disappointed in my score, but it is what it is and life goes on! Any suggestions on how to strengthen my application as I...
  37. A

    General Surgery Application

    Hey guys, this is my first time on sdn. I am trying to apply for general surgery residency next year and wanted to gauge the strength of my application/what are realistic expectations for where I could land. My Deets: State school Step 1: 241 Step 2: taking in few months Clinical grades (ABC...
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    MD IMG Surgical Sub-I for future General Surgery Residency

    Hello everyone, By July I will be a final year Medical Student in Europe. How is a Sub-I in Plastic Surgery (with a focus on Pediatric Plastics - Craniofacial Surgery) and therefore a pretty good LoR going to help me match into General Surgery Residency? I am more interested in following a...
  39. ZohanKhan

    Osteopath interested in General Surgery

    I am a first year D.O student currently interested in General Surgery. I understand that Gen-Surge is a competitive specialty, and perhaps even more challenging for an osteopath to match into. Does anyone know (or is anyone) a D.O that matched into surgery and can offer advice on how to study...
  40. B

    Advice on pursuing general surgery

    Hi everyone I am a non citizen IMG, step 1 246, step 2 223 (gave step 2 Ck before step 1, do regret tht now). I plan to do step 2 CS and step 3 next year. Along with 5 publications and 3mo usce..will have done an internship in Pakistan as well FY2 in the UK My YOG is 2016 I want to apply to GS...