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Program Type:  Military Medical Center

Location:  San Diego, CA

Accredited:  Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

Program Length:  5 years (may be 6 years if a dedicated research year is requested)

Required Pre-Requisite Training:  Graduation from Medical School

Categorical Year in Specialty Required:  Yes

Total Approved Complement:  32

Approved per Year (if applicable):  12-5-5-5-5

Dedicated research year offered:  Yes

Medical Student Rotation availability:  Yes: MS4s

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

Program Phone Number:  619-532-7599

Program Email:

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

Program Description

The General Surgery Residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) is one of the premier residency programs in the nation. As the largest Navy General Surgery Residency program, we are dedicated to producing not only well-trained surgeons, but officers and future leaders in the US Navy. We are a clinical five-year, fully ACGME-accredited General Surgery Residency Training Program. We graduate up to five chief residents per year.

PGY 1-3 years focuses on surgical technique and management. By the end of PGY 4 year, our residents have developed the skills and experience necessary to manage a wide variety of surgical pathologies. The chief resident (PGY 5) year is dedicated to refining techniques and developing the skills necessary to be a team leader. This is especially important in the military healthcare system given that our residents will be expected to function at a high level within the dynamic US Navy and Marine Corps environment immediately after graduating.

Our board passing rate on both the qualifying and certifying exams ranks in the top 10% of the country with 100% pass rate on the Qualifying Exam and 100% pass rate on the Certifying Exam over the last few years. Our chief residents graduate above the 70th percentile for total cases and chief year cases. We are above the national average in every major surgical category. 

Our residents have also gone on to fellowships in Trauma/Critical Care, Surgical Oncology, Minimally Invasive, Pediatric, Cardiothoracic, Vascular, Colorectal, and Plastic Surgery.

Mission and Aims

Curriculum and Schedules

Scholarly and Professional Development Opportunities

Participating Sites

Applicant Information, Rotation and Interview Opportunities

Teaching Opportunities

Faculty and Mentorship


Contact Us

General Surgery Residency Program

Location: General Surgery Clinic, Building 3, 4th Floor 

Hours of Operation:

7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Phone: 619-532-7599

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