While there are many medical schools for surgeons that offer advanced degree and residency programs, three schools emerged among the best schools of surgery in America. These schools were given the highest awards by the National Institutes of Health in 2005.
Duke University's Department of Surgery consistently emerges among the top surgical training facilities in the United States. The surgery department has received more funding from the National Institutes of Health than any other surgery department in the world. The department of surgery offers residency, medical student and fellowship programs. In 2005, Duke opened their Surgical Education and Activities Lab to train students and faculty with simulation equipment to ensure the safest possible training methods with no risk to patients. The 200 strong faculty team publishes hundreds of research papers in peer-reviewed journals every year. The surgical team works to bring their discoveries quickly from the labs into practice.
Duke University Department of Surgery Chairman's Office DUMC Box 3704 Durham, NC 27710 919-681-3445 surgery.duke.edu
Washington University in St. Louis
Washington University's Department of Surgery offers training opportunities in 12 surgical specialties including cardiothoracic, colon-rectal, pediatric, transplant and vascular surgical techniques. The department's primary offering is the General Surgery Residency Program, one of the most selective programs in the world. The school was one of the first to develop fellowship programs for surgical specialties. Washington University offers clinical surgery education for post-graduates as well as fellowships and mentorships for M.D.s in surgical training. The department of surgery offers research education in all of its surgical specializations for those seeking a career in surgical research.
General Surgery Residency Program at Washington University School of Medicine Surgery House Staff Office 1701 West Building Campus Box 8109 660 South Euclid Avenue St. Louis, MO 63110 314-362-8028 surgery.wustl.edu
University of Pittsburgh
The highly ranked University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Department of Surgery offers computer assisted technology to train aspiring surgeons outside the operating room with laboratory practice modules and surgical training simulators. This gives students a chance to hone their skills until they are proficient enough to practice in actual surgeries with patients. Residents and students can observe most operations in real-time on computers. Students also have access to a library of surgical procedures on VHS tapes and CDs to study before attempting the procedures on simulators. The school also participates in myriad research and clinical trials through it's Cancer Institute, Genetics Institute, Artificial Heart Institute, Transplantation Institute and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Center.
UPMC Department of Surgery UPMC Presbyterian, F-1281.3 200 Lothrop Street Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412-647-0982 upmc.com
- Resident Physician: Official Ranking of US Medical Schools
- Bureau of Labor and Statistics: Occupational Handbook - Physicians and Surgeons
- Duke University School of Medicine: Department of Surgery
- Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine: Department of Surgery
- University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: Department of Surgery
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