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The primary goal of the surgical residency training program is to prepare each resident to be successful in the career path he/she chooses--whether academics, sub specialty, rural or other private practice. The University of Iowa has a long standing residency program. The College of Medicine was established by Washington Freeman Peck who served as the first Chair of Surgery and Dean of the College of Medicine for 20 years. Graduates of this program are prepared to enter a fellowship or private practice or to continue in an academic career (see Alumni Placement for details of the destinations of previous Iowa surgical residents). Surgical residency training is a high priority item for the full time faculty of the Department of Surgery. Through close supervision, the surgical staff provides teaching at each level for the residents with a well-organized program of increasing responsibility from the first through the fifth years. A further goal of the program is to create an environment that encourages residents in scholarly pursuits. Opportunities for residents to prepare manuscripts, write chapters and book reviews and Involvement in original clinical, basic science, and translational research. Some residents elect to spend extended time on original research to prepare themselves for academic careers.
Learn more about the Surgery Residency Program