Division of General Surgery - General Surgery Residency Program

The General Surgery Residency Program is a well-structured educational experience with broad operative exposure. During the five-year program, operative and patient care skills are acquired progressively under the supervision of the general surgery faculty. First-year residents participate in all surgical activities. The first year also incorporates surgical specialties, such as genitourinary, neurological, orthopedic, otolaryngologic, and plastic surgery.

Number of Positions5 Categorical
5 Preliminary
Deadline for ApplicationsNovember 1
Interview DatesFridays in Dec. and Jan.
Position Start DatesJuly 1
Program DirectorCatherine M. Wittgen, M.D.
Professor of Surgery and Anesthesiology
Program Director, Surgical Critical Care
Programs Director, Division of General Surgery
Assistant Program Director

Jason Keune, M.D.
Division of General Surgery

Residency Program CoordinatorKristina Forneris
Fax Number (314) 268-5466
Telephone Number (314) 577-8317 ext 3
Email fornerkd@slu.edu


Didactic course work and clinical exposure assure instruction in basic gastrointestinal and circulatory physiology, wound healing, shock, immunobiology, and sepsis.

Training is incorporated into six teaching hospitals within Saint Louis University Medical  Center's affiliated educational network. The clinical programs at these institutions emphasize general surgery, pediatric surgery, vascular, gastrointestinal, and cardiothoracic surgery across a broad variety of clinical settings.

There exists a significant competition for academic general surgery residency training positions. General surgery is recognized as a growth area suggesting that, in the future, more general surgeons will be needed than are currently being trained. The increased surgical activity is due primarily to the increased number of elderly patients and their increased requirements for general surgical operations. Last year we processed over 580 applications and interviewed 85 applicants for our five PGY I General Surgery Categorical and five General Surgery Preliminary positions. Why go through the time and effort of producing this recruiting document? We believe that such information may help identify the kind of doctor we are looking for and delineate to some extent what we can do for you. In addition, it can provide current factual information that all applicants are in need of knowing, allowing you to dispense with some of these types of questions during the interview process.

Our educational philosophy is no different than yours. We want quality. From beginning to end, we want individuals who will extend themselves to be the best they can. We will do the same for each and every resident we train throughout their professional careers. If you are an above average medical student with a work-oriented personality, you will be successful in our program. The educational system, clinical material and faculty are well organized and long established to provide you the opportunity to become a board certified, productive general surgeon. We are looking for residents who will be contributors both now and lifelong. We want students who are clinically and intellectually advanced enough to handle, without difficulty, the rigorous patient care and didactic aspects of surgical training, allowing them to take full advantage of the educational benefits we can provide.