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Program Type:  Military Medical Center

Location:  Portsmouth, VA

Accredited:  Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

Program Length:  5 years

Required Pre-Requisite Training:  Graduation from Medical School, if prior completed internship, may start at PGY2 level with approval

Categorical Year in Specialty Required:  No

Total Approved Complement:  24

Approved per Year (if applicable):  3 per year PGY2+

Dedicated research year offered:  Yes (not required for all residents)

Medical Student Rotation availability:  3rd and 4th Year

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

Program Phone Number:  757-953-2518


Program Hours of Operation:  Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Program Description

The General Surgery Residency Program at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) is an ACGME-accredited 5-year training program designed to prepare physicians to provide exceptional General Surgery care to Department of Defense beneficiaries anywhere in the world and under any circumstances. Our program prides itself on developing Navy General Surgeons (GS) who are exceptionally adaptable and self-reliant in order to perform under a wider variety of environmental conditions than most civilian program graduates will likely face. Like our civilian colleagues, we must master general surgery core competencies in order to care for our active-duty force, their children and spouses, as well as veterans, retirees, and foreign military partners in military hospitals. Additionally, Navy physicians must provide tactical combat casualty care, extended forward resuscitative care, and perform damage control resuscitation in the austere operational environment. Our program’s educational curriculum develops cognitive expertise and procedural skills through multi-modal educational activities, including experiential clinical learning, didactic lectures, small group discussions, high-fidelity simulated patient encounters, cadaveric procedural laboratories, field exercises, and internet-based medical training. Recognizing that professional success depends on more than medical knowledge and skill, our residency program builds medical leaders by developing trainees in program management, mentorship, education, negotiation and conflict resolution, and the identification of team dysfunction through a dedicated leadership curriculum. Our mission and aims are intimately aligned with the sponsoring institutional mission to deliver high-quality safe, efficient, and accessible health care wherever our beneficiaries are located.

The residency consists of a 12-month comprehensive basic surgery internship, followed by a 48-month residency. Our program boasts a full five-year accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Surgical Review Committee. We train eight interns and three residents per year.

The didactic portion of our program is based upon a comprehensive curriculum and benefits from a structured, protected academic day each week. With this, residents are protected from all clinical duties to participate in academic sessions consisting of basic science and clinical surgery small group review sessions, morbidity and mortality conferences, in-depth preoperative conferences, as well as grand rounds, subspecialty presentations, and journal clubs. Our curriculum is augmented by an on-site simulation center with basic and advanced laparoscopic trainers and an endoscopic simulator, with an organized program of instruction and self-study. We also perform monthly on-site cadaver dissection lab, oriented to surgical approaches and operative procedures.

The clinical experience includes comprehensive preoperative and postoperative care of the surgical patient and emphasis is placed on operative experience starting at the intern level. Interns in our institution average between 75 and 100 cases as primary surgeon or first assistant. Chief residents average between nine and twelve hundred cases in their five-year experience, with broad experience in all defined categories. The program recently integrated with Riverside Regional Medical Center as an integral part of training where the trainees rotate on the Trauma and General Surgery services. Additional away rotations include Reading Hospital in PA, Sentara Norfolk General (Burn/Trauma and Transplant), Sentara Leigh (General and Thoracic), and University of Virginia Surgical Critical Care and Transplant Surgery.

What to Expect During Your First Year of Training

The GS internship at the NMCP is designed to provide a challenging and diverse clinical experience. Our internship prepares medical officers for operational tours as well as provides them a solid foundation for continuation in surgical residency. The clinical experience includes comprehensive preoperative and postoperative care of the surgical patient and great emphasis is placed on operative experience.

This foundation is also an outstanding preparation for those who will perform a General Medical Officer (GMO), Flight Surgery (FS), or Undersea Medical Officer (UMO) tour.

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Scholarly and Professional Development Opportunities

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Applicant Information, Rotation and Interview Opportunities

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Contact Us

General Surgery Residency Program

Location: Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, General Surgery Clinic, Building 2, 2C

Hours of Operation:

7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone: 757-953-2518

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