Welcome! The Department of Surgery has been successfully training general surgeons since 1942, and education is central to the mission of the department and the institution. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is an 885-bed medical center with a national reputation for academic excellence that serves as the home and main training site for general surgery residents.
The goal of our program is to train confident, technically capable general surgeons who can successfully practice in any setting. Our graduating residents far surpass ACGME operative case requirements for total cases and in all defined categories. Our graduates pursue a variety of paths, including private practice general surgery, subspecialty fellowship training and academic careers.
In addition to excellent clinical training, the program provides residents with the skills necessary to be the next leaders in surgery at the local, regional and national level. In addition to the five clinical years required by the ACGME, residents at Wake Forest School of Medicine may opt for additional training after the PGY 3 year as a Howard Holt Bradshaw Fellow, an endowed research fellowship named in honor of our Department’s first chairman. This one- or two- year experience is tailored to the career needs of the individual resident.
We believe the success of our program is dependent upon the collegial atmosphere in the Department of Surgery and among the residents. Faculty and residents work collaboratively to deliver excellent patient care. We strive to provide an environment where inquiry and creativity are encouraged and where resident feedback is used to improve the program.
On behalf of all of our faculty and residents, thank you very much for your interest in our program and for taking time to visit us during interview season. Feel free to contact me with any questions that arise during your interviews here today or throughout the season.
Best wishes for continued success.
Amy Hildreth, MD, FACS
General Surgery Residency Program Director