MVMC General Surgery Residency

General Surgery Residency Program

The General Surgery Residency Program at Mountain Vista Medical Center combines high-quality faculty and a high-technology setting to deliver first-class training experiences for General Surgery Resident trainees and medical students.


The mission of the Mountain Vista Medical Center General Surgery Residency program and is to provide the cognitive and procedural skills necessary to graduate superiorly trained surgeons. Resident trainees will be provided with opportunities to learn in multiple settings with focus on continuity of didactic and clinical experiences that will enable the trainee to become proficient in the examination, diagnosis and treatment of surgical patients.

Residency Program Goals

Education goals of this residency program will be guided by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Goals for this program will be to ensure trainees master the Core Competencies as outlined in the ACGME Basic Standards. The teaching faculty of this program is committed to train and supervise each resident trainee in the field of general surgery.

Additionally, resident trainees will be presented with comprehensive cognitive and procedural clinical education in both the inpatient and outpatient settings that will enable them to become competent, proficient and professional physicians. After satisfactory completion of five years of general surgery, resident trainees will be eligible to sit for the certifying examination conducted by the American Board of Osteopathic Surgeons (ABOS) of American Board of Surgery (ABS)

Interview Process

All audition/sub-i rotations will be limited to two-week blocks only. Students will need to complete the Rotation Request form and submit it to Medical Education for processing. Medical Education will send out a confirmation email outlining what documentation is required to be submitted by the student.

Audition/sub-i rotations will be re-evaluated to ensure students meet the Residency Interview criteria. Failure or unavailable scores for Level I and Level II medical student training examinations may result in cancellation of audition rotation. Review of current ERAS application will be done 30 days prior to rotation beginning. No applicant will be ranked until all scores are made available.

All students are required to participate in one student orientation each academic year. Orientation will be held on the first day of rotation. First day instructions will be emailed to you two weeks prior to rotation beginning.


The curriculum is designed to provide the most general surgical exposure possible, allowing residents to develop and sharpen their knowledgebase and surgical skill set. Regularly scheduled formal organized didactic series will be held along with morning report and a monthly journal club. Didactic topics will be determined by a systems approach with each month integrating all aspects of surgical medicine.

Rotations will be structured to provide exposure to the management of both pre- and post-operative patients and surgical subspecialties not offered at Mountain Vista Medical Center. While the majority of rotations will be completed at Mountain Vista Medical Center, rotation subspecialties not offered at the hospital will be completed at the offices of various local physicians or other teaching facilities. The General Surgery Program Director has the final determination on such changes.

Educational Opportunities

We offer a wide variety of educational opportunities throughout residency including:

  • Daily teaching rounds
  • Weekly didactics
  • Weekly board review
  • Quarterly grand rounds
  • Weekly morbidity and mortality conferences
  • Monthly journal club
  • Quarterly hands on osteopathic manipulative medicine seminars

Clinical Schedule

General Surgery 4Mo 8Mo 9Mo 8Mo 9Mo
Anesthesia 1Mo        
Burn Surgery       1Mo  
Emergency Medicine 1Mo        
ENT 1Mo        
General Internal Medicine 1Mo        
Gynecology   1Mo 1Mo    
Internal Medicine Block Nights 1Mo        
Internal Medicine Critical Care 1Mo        
Orthopedics     1Mo    
Pediatric Surgery         1Mo
Plastic Surgery          
Radiology 1Mo        
SICU   1Mo   1Mo  
SICU Trauma       1Mo  
Surgical Block Night   1Mo 1Mo    
Urology 1Mo   1Mo    
Vascular Surgery       1Mo 2Mo