General Surgery Residency Program | Washington D.C. | MedStar Health

The MedStar Health—Georgetown/Washington Hospital Center Residency Program in General Surgery

Welcome to the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital MedStar Washington Hospital Center Residency Program!

We are the largest healthcare provider in the Maryland-Washington, D.C., region and, collectively, have one of the largest graduate medical education programs in the country. Our surgery residency program encompasses the Washington region of the MedStar Health footprint, training 10 categorical residents each year.

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Why train here

The general surgery program offers a high operative volume academic training experience across two major institutions.  This structure provides exposure to a diverse patient population. We offer Flexibility in Training, as supported by the ACGME. The program is organized to tailor their chief rotations to meet their individual goals. By taking advantage of Flexibility in Training opportunities, residents can focus their education and surgical development while cementing the foundation of general surgery training.

Excellence in patient care and a resident focused structure have always been the priorities of the program. Both sites offer unique training in general surgery with a robust general surgery case load. As the city’s safety net hospital, MWHC is a Level 1 Trauma Center with high volumes, high acuity, and rich pathology. MGUH features a world-renowned transplant center, a Comprehensive Cancer Institute, and state-of-the-art expertise in the treatment of surgical diseases. 

Two aspects of the program set us apart from other urban academic surgical training programs.  First, by consciously limiting the number of fellowships, we are able to focus on resident training and professional development.  Second, the combination of the region’s busiest urban safety net hospital and a premier academic institution, we have high operative volumes delivered by a diverse cadre of educators.  


Residents will focus on a curriculum that is created by a large faculty to ensure a comprehensive general surgery knowledge base. The technical training is complimented by trainee-led case-planning, morbidity and mortality conferences, and journal clubs. In addition, research meetings are held to ensure active trainee involvement in projects that lead to the exposure at national meetings. Finally, close relationships between the faculty and trainees are fostered through our formal mentorship program.

The clinical training offered through this program includes but is not limited to:

Rotation overview

Breast fellows will rotate through MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center spending six months at each location. This 12-month experience will provide a broad interaction with the multiple disciplines that comprise the regional program. The rotations include:

  • Extensive and varied surgical experience including reconstructive surgery

  • Benign and high-risk

  • Breast imaging

  • Medical Oncology

  • Radiation Oncology

  • Pathology

  • Cancer Rehabilitation

  • Genetics

  • Community Outreach

  • Psycho Oncology

  • Research

In addition, the fellows will participate in a variety of educational experiences through the year to develop discipline-specific expertise, including but not limited to:

  • Research boot camp

  • Didactics

  • Breast education and self-assessment program (BESAP)

  • Journal club

  • Breast Cancer Conference

How we evaluate candidates

Our program philosophy focuses on the personal and professional development of the resident as an adult learner. We are interested in fostering leadership among our graduates. As our program is fundamentally about professional growth of the resident, we require that our trainees be self-motivated.

Training locations

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

MedStar Georgetown is a world-renowned, not-for-profit, acute-care teaching and research hospital located in Northwest Washington, D.C.

3800 Reservoir Rd. NW
Washington, DC, 20007

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

MedStar Washington is Washington’s largest and busiest hospital. The Department of Radiation Oncology at MedStar Washington is part of the Washington Cancer Institute.

110 Irving St. NW
Washington, DC, 20010

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center

MedStar Montgomery provides a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies, and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals — including cutting-edge care in obstetrics, orthopedics, breast health, and oncology.

18101 Prince Phillip Dr
Onley, MD 20832

Children’s National Medical Center

Children’s National Hospital is a nationally ranked pediatric acute-care facility in Washington, D.C.,

111 Michigan Ave NW
Washington, DC 20310

Virginia Hospital Center

Virginia Hospital Center is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a national network of independent healthcare organizations.

1701 N George Mason Dr.
Arlington, VA 22205

MedStar-Georgetown Surgical Outcomes Research Center

The MedStar-Georgetown Surgical Outcomes Research Center (MG-SORC) is a coalition of surgeons, other clinicians, and scientists committed to advancing the efficient and effective delivery of surgical care in the U.S.

MedStar Health Research Institute

MedStar Health Research Institute combines academic medicine, research, and innovation with a complete spectrum of clinical services to advance patient care.

6525 Belcrest Rd. #700c
Hyattsville, MD 20782 

National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health is the major national agency for conducting and supporting medical research.

9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892

Application information

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Thank you for your interest in our General Surgery Residency Program. We look forward to the opportunity to meet you so we can answer questions you may have as you consider where best to pursue your surgical education.

Rim Abboud
Administrative Director, Surgical Education

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