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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 5-year intense clinical experience with an option to add one year dedicated to research
  • A broad range of surgical contexts
  • Gradual independence guided by expert faculty
  • A faculty: resident ratio that is greater than 2:1
  • A state-of-the-art Simulation Center
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Customized professional development for careers in surgical practice, academic pursuits and surgical subspecialty fellowships
  • A 5-year intense clinical experience encompassing all aspects of general surgery
  • An option to add one year of clinical research, with flexibility to pursue graduate degrees
  • Customizable, goal-oriented options via elective months

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 3 locations:

Meet the Faculty


“As one of the nation’s leading healthcare systems, our organization is dedicated to educating future physicians who are exceptionally well prepared in the basic science, clinical knowledge, cognitive and technical skills, and judgment required of surgeons and surgical leaders. The surgery residency at Carolinas Medical Center provides exposure to nationally recognized thought leaders in all areas of general surgery. We strive to actively develop young surgeons by cultivating our residents’ interests and mentoring them in pursuit of their passion.”

John M. Green, 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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