Surgical Residency Program

On behalf of the faculty of the Department of Surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, thank you for your interest in our General Surgery Residency Program. We strive to advance clinical excellence, quality, education, research, and innovation with the utmost professionalism. We are committed to realizing our mission through our residents’ exceptional training.

The Department of Surgery offers both categorical and preliminary residency positions. The five-year categorical program is fully approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and our residents are eligible for examination by the American Board of Surgery after graduation.

The preliminary program is available for one or two years, depending on individual circumstances. These positions fulfill the needs of individuals who require training in General Surgery as a qualifying requirement for some surgical specialties (Urology, Ophthalmology, and Otolaryngology) or for surgically related fields (Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, and Radiology).

Surgical residents rotate at all the sites within Mount Sinai Beth Israel, including the Petrie Division, Phillips Ambulatory Care Center, and the Mount Sinai Brooklyn Division. Other rotations include The Mount Sinai Hospital (Transplant) and Lincoln Medical Center (Trauma). These institutions provide our residents with a well-balanced exposure to different models of practice and a broad range of General Surgery and sub-specialty cases.

During all phases of training, our residents receive world-class surgical instruction through a comprehensive surgical education and simulation curriculum. They are also continuously exposed to a broad range of educational and clinical experiences with a diverse, large urban population. As a Department with only one fellowship, our faculty focus all of their teaching efforts on the residents. Our General Surgery Residency Program has a great track record of preparing graduates for either highly competitive fellowships or confident entry into private practice.

We appreciate your interest in our program and look forward to meeting you. 

Burton G. Surick, MD, FACS
Residency Program Director
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I. Michael Leitman, MD, FACS
Associate Residency Program Director

Yulia Zak, MD
Assistant Residency Program Director


The first two years of the residency program emphasize the pre- and postoperative care of patients with a broad range of surgically treatable diseases in all of the various surgical disciplines, especially Surgical Critical Care. There is a gradual progression of resident responsibility and supervision throughout the length of training. By the end of the two years, all residents will have at least 250 surgical cases and every Chief Resident finishes the program with more than 800 complex surgical procedures. There is a robust didactic and surgical simulation program which culminates in Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery and Fundamental of Endoscopic Surgery certification prior to graduation. All residents are expected to complete a clinical research project and submit a paper for publication prior to graduation. A research sabbatical can be arranged on an individual basis for one to two years after the PGY 2 or 3.

How to Apply

All PGY-1 positions are filled through the National Resident Match Program with the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). All applications and supporting documents are reviewed through ERAS. Our application deadline is October 31. Five residents are matched in the categorical track each year. There are three interview days for categorical candidates that are held from November through January.

Applicants with minimum United States Medical Licensing Examination scores of 225 will be considered. Only the J-1 Visa will be sponsored. Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates certificates must be received in time to begin the program on July 1.

On occasion, advanced positions at the PGY 2 or 3 levels become available and these positions are posted on the APDS list serve. The current total compliment of residents is 35.