The General Surgery Residency Program at Wake Forest School of Medicine is a top-tier five-year residency program that provides a comprehensive training experience that prepares graduates to become the surgical leaders of tomorrow.

Graduates of the program have gone on to become board-certified surgeons, obtaining highly competitive fellowships in fields such as surgical oncology and pediatric surgery.

The program has received continued accreditation after a site visit in January 2016. We’re approved to finish five categorical chief residents per year. Our program is fully compliant with resident duty-hour rules.

2022 Application Requirements

For the 2022 ERAS® cycle, our program will be participating in the supplemental ERAS application offered through the AAMC’s ERAS program. Applicants will be required to complete the MyERAS application, and participation in the supplemental ERAS application is optional.

The additional information will help our program staff learn more about applicants’ medical education journey, including more meaningful information about work, volunteer, and research experiences, and help us better identify applicants who fit our program environment and mission. 

Please bookmark the supplemental ERAS application section of the AAMC website to find the latest information, FAQs, and resources

Why Train at Wake Forest?

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center performs more than 8,000 surgeries a year. At the Wake Forest School of Medicine, general surgery residents will:

  • Complete more than 1,000 cases upon graduation
  • Obtain early operative experience
  • Receive extensive level-appropriate primary surgeon experience
  • Have a diverse operative experience, including innovative techniques, robotics and minimally invasive approaches
  • Perform complex surgical management for pediatric, trauma and surgical oncology patients

Surgical service areas include:

Surgical Oncology Colorectal Oncology Minimally Invasive Surgery
Trauma Burns Transplant
Surgical Critical Care Emergency General Surgery Pediatric Surgery
Private Practice General Surgery Salisbury Veterans Administration  

Resident Reflections

Hear from current and past residents as they reflect on their experience and training in the General Surgery Residency program at Wake Forest.


Members of the Department of General Surgery at the School of Medicine discuss the residency program:

Interviews with Faculty

Faculty members in the Department of General Surgery discuss the training program:

Interviews with Faculty

Watch interviews with faculty members of the Department of General Surgery.