General Surgery Residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel

In the Department of Surgery, we offer both categorical and preliminary residency positions at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Our 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).

Our 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 for transplantations and Lincoln Medical Center.

These institutions provide our residents with a well-balanced exposure to different models of practice and a broad range of general surgery and subspecialty cases.

During all phases of training, our residents receive unparalleled 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. Our residents all participate in numerous, ongoing clinical translational research projects and publish extensively in various peer-reviewed journals. As a hospital with only one fellowship in breast surgery, our faculty focuses 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.

The first two years of our residency program emphasize pre- and postoperative care of patients with a broad range of surgically treatable diseases in all surgical disciplines, especially surgical critical care. You take on increasing responsibility throughout the training process. By the end of the two years, you will handle at least 250 surgical cases, and every Chief Resident finishes the program performing more than 800 complex procedures. We also offer a robust didactic and surgical simulation program that culminates in Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery and Fundamental of Endoscopic Surgery certification.

Research is an important component of our program. We expect all residents to complete a clinical research project and submit a paper for publication prior to completing the program. You can arrange for a research sabbatical for a year or two after PGY-2 or PGY-3.

We seek applicants who score a minimum score of 225 on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). Occasionally, we have positions available at the PGY-2 or PGY-3 level. We post these opportunities on the Association of Program Directors in Surgery listserv.

We encourage international applicants and support J-1 Visas.

Please note that we must receive your Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates certificates in time for you to begin the program on July 1.

We fill all residency positions using the National Resident Match Program with the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Please submit all supporting materials through ERAS. We require:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE Step 1 scores
  • Letter from your medical school dean
  • Medical school transcript

We interview approximately 100 applicants for the categorical track and 36 candidates for preliminary positions each year between November and January. We select five categorical residents and eight preliminary residents each year.

Our application deadline is October 31.

The General Surgery Residency offers a competitive salary.

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