• Residency Training

     General Surgery Residency 

    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

     Vascular Surgery Residency 

    During your training you will care for a diverse patient population that will serve to foster an expertise in the most common to most complex surgical conditions. Our faculty hail from other top institutions from around the country, each bringing with them a unique surgical perspective that will deepen your skill-set. As a program we take pride in providing leading-edge patient care, advancing the field of vascular surgery through first-rate research, and providing superior education to the next generation of high-quality surgeons.

    Learn more about the Vascular Surgery Residency Program

    Plastic Surgery Residency

    The residency-training program in Plastic Surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is a three-year Independent Program that trains individuals that have met the prerequisite training requirements defined by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The prerequisite training requirements can be met by completing five progressive years of training in general surgery sufficient to qualify for certification by the American Board of Surgery or by completing and reaching Board eligibility in a formal, ACGME–accredited training program in one of the following ABMS specialties: vascular surgery, neurologic surgery, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, thoracic surgery, or urology. Alternatively, individuals with both a dental and medical degree may meet the prerequisite requirements by completing an ADA-approved training program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery that includes 2 years of Surgery training. The goal of our Plastic Surgery training program is the development of a competent and responsible Plastic Surgeon with high moral and ethical character. 

    Thoracic Surgery Residency

    Our ACGME-accredited Thoracic Surgery Integrated Six-Year Residency Program is a highly respected, nationally-renowned program at the forefront of innovation and technological advancement in cardiothoracic surgery. We educate two residents per year in a two-year clinical program, with rotations in Adult Cardiac Surgery, General Thoracic Surgery, including oncologic surgery, and Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery. Through close supervision, the surgical staff provides teaching at each level with a well-organized program and continually increasing responsibility. Our trainees are appropriately prepared for the American Board of Thoracic Surgery qualifying exams and graduates of this program are equipped to enter a fellowship, private practice, or to continue in an academic career.

    Learn more about the Thoracic Surgery Fellowship and Residency Programs through the Office of Graduate Medical Education.