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Program Type: Combined (99th MDG/UNLV) Mike O’Callaghan Military Medical Center & Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Accredited: Yes, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Program Length: 5 years

Required Pre-Requisite Training: Medical School Graduation

Categorical Year in Specialty Required: Yes

Total Approved Complement: 29 (19 civilian, 10 military)

Approved per Year (if applicable):

  • PGY1: 6 civilian, 2 military
  • PGY2: 4 civilian, 2 military
  • PGY3: 3 civilian, 2 military
  • PGY4: 3 civilian, 2 military
  • PGY5: 3 civilian, 2 military

Dedicated research year offered: No

Medical Student Rotation availability: 3rd year clerkship, 4th year interview rotations

Additional degree concurrent with training (e.g. MPH): No

Program Phone Number: 702-383-7885

Program Email:

Program Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Program Description

The Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), General Surgery Residency Program is a comprehensive five-year program that emphasizes all facets of surgical care, from diagnosis and preoperative planning to surgical execution, postoperative management, and follow-up care. The program offers five clinical years, with the option for one resident per year to pursue a dedicated research year between their second and third years to gain experience in clinical research, quality improvement, and trials. Our diverse teaching facilities provide residents with extensive exposure to the complexities of surgical patient care across a wide range of clinical scenarios. The program's primary teaching hospital is the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, with additional rotations at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Mike O'Callaghan Military Medical Center, and Sunrise Children's Hospital, offering a well-rounded surgical education.

Program Highlights

Cutting-Edge Robotic Surgery Equipment and Training

Gain hands-on experience with the latest generation of robotic surgery technology and hone your skills on advanced training consoles.

Optional Dedicated Research Year

Take an optional year between PGY-2 and PGY-3 to focus solely on research, deepening your knowledge and contributing to the field.

Diverse Clinical Experiences

Work in a variety of settings across the Las Vegas area, including surgery centers, private hospitals, the VA Medical Center, Mike O'Callaghan Military Medical Center, and the University Medical Center (UMC) – Nevada's only Level 1 trauma center, burn center, and transplant center.

Early and Meaningful Operative Experience

Start operating as an intern and build your surgical skills from the very beginning of your residency.

Commitment to Work-Life Balance

Our program director prioritizes your well-being, fostering a culture that supports a healthy balance between your professional and personal life.

Collaborative and Supportive Learning Environment

Respect, trust, autonomy, and teamwork are the cornerstones of our resident-faculty relationships, creating an ideal environment for growth and learning.

Dedicated and Experienced Faculty

Learn from a team of dedicated full-time faculty and community physicians in both general surgery and various surgical subspecialties.

Insight into Academic and Private Practice

Gain a well-rounded perspective on the field through exposure to both academic and private practice models of general surgery.

Comprehensive Educational Program

Participate in weekly didactics, led by experienced faculty surgeons in both classroom and surgical simulation lab settings, to enhance your knowledge and technical skills.

For more information regarding the University of Nevada Las Vegas surgery residency program, visit the program website.

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