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The General Surgery Residency program at Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Though true to its traditional program roots, the residency incorporates a progressive and balanced delivery of clinical training, formal education and research opportunities in all areas of general surgery.

The Program Experience includes:

  • A five year intense clinical training experience
  • A broad range of surgical contexts
  • An option to add one year of clinical research
  • Flexibility to pursue graduate degrees
  • Gradual independence guided by expert faculty
  • A faculty to resident ratio that is greater than 2:1
  • A state-of-the-art Simulation Center
  • Professional development specific to careers in surgical practice, academic pursuits and surgical subspecialty fellowships
  • Avenues to cultivate and apply leadership qualities
  • Customizable, goal-oriented options via elective months

Top 10% for Orthopedic Care, Hip and Knee

Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center has been recognized as the top 10% in the country for Orthopedic Care, Hip Replacements, and Knee Replacements by U.S News & World Report.

An Inside Look at the General Surgery Residency Program

Inclusive and Diverse Learning: Our Faculty's View

Variety and Experience: A Resident's Perspective

Tour of Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center

Where You Will Train

Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) is the flagship hospital of Atrium Health, which is distinguished throughout the Southeastern United States for its excellent patient care and medical expertise. We are the largest hospital in the region and a world-class facility that offers a full range of services to the Charlotte community and beyond, with more than 1,100 physicians and providers specializing in all areas of medicine.

In addition, CMC serves as the region’s only Level 1 Trauma center and is an approved transplant center for heart, kidney, pancreas and liver. We also serve as one of North Carolina’s 5 Academic Medical Center Teaching Hospitals, providing residency training for more than 200 physicians in 15 specialties and serve as a satellite for the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

Residents will have training opportunities at our 6 locations:

Meet the Faculty

Lauren Paton

“As one of the nation’s leading healthcare systems, our organization is dedicated to educating a diverse group of general surgeons as they acquire the knowledge and skills to operate, conduct research, educate and become future leaders. The surgery residency at Carolinas Medical Center provides exposure to nationally recognized surgeons who mentor and support our residents so that they can reach their individualized professional goals.”

B. Lauren Paton, MD, FACS
Program Director

With a nationally and internationally renowned team of surgeons who serve as faculty, our residents have access to a diversity of experience and knowledge in the program. See the full list of general surgery faculty here.

Program Curriculum

The curriculum of the General Surgery Residency program has been developed to build on the strengths of our diverse faculty, our immense clinical volume and innovative educational programs.

The dynamic learning platform encompasses:

  • Focused education in the basic sciences
  • Clinically-centered conferences to expand practical and critical thinking skills
  • Simulation labs for technical and cognitive development
  • Multidisciplinary conferences to broaden understanding of complex topics
  • ABSITE and Oral-Board preparatory conferences
  • Other innovative educational methods

Clinical and Operative Experience

The core of any surgical training is the clinical experience. Our residents begin their operative experience at the onset of their residency and become accomplished technical surgeons well before finishing our program. Our goal is to consistently refine the residency program through ongoing performance-improvement analysis and needs assessment. An important part of this process is allowing residents to contribute their own ideas for advancing their education.

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Each Resident spends structured time in every division of our department:

  • Acute Care Surgery (Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, Emergency General Surgery)
  • Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery (Colorectal, Foregut, Hernia)
  • Surgical Oncology (GI Oncology, Soft tissue/Breast Oncology, Head and Neck Oncology)
  • Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery
  • Transplant
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Vascular/Thoracic Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery

Competence and independence in practice is gained through graduated autonomy. Chief residents in the program function as junior attendings, directing care of their patients from the point of initial evaluation, through perioperative and operative care, and continuity after discharge.

Application Criteria

The general surgery residency program is a 5-year clinical program with an option for additional year dedicated to research. Six categorical PGY-1 residents and one non-designated preliminary PGY-1 residents are matched through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) every year. Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Foreign medical graduates must hold a valid Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate and be eligible to obtain a North Carolina medical license at the time of application.

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