Surgery Residency Programs

The UC San Diego Department of Surgery and its divisions are deeply committed to educating surgeons of the future. The department offers fully accredited academic residency training programs in a number of surgical specialties. In the surgical specialty residency programs, UCSD offers graduate medical students the opportunity to train in clinical care and research with highly respected experts and innovators in surgery.

General Surgery Residency

The UC San Diego General Surgery Residency Program provides a comprehensive training program encompassing the spectrum of core general surgery and general surgery subspecialties, including cardiothoracic, transplant, oncology, vascular, colorectal, trauma, and pediatric surgery.

Neurosurgery Residency Program

The UC San Diego Division of Neurosurgery selects two residents for training each year. The seven-year residency (including internship) provides comprehensive training in all aspects of modern neurosurgery including neurosurgical critical care, neurotrauma, neurovascular surgery, brain tumors, functional neurosurgery, epilepsy, pediatric neurosurgery, peripheral nerve, and spine/spinal instrumentation surgery. The program is academic in its orientation, with input from world-renowned basic science researchers from the UC San Diego School of Medicine, the Scripps Research Institute, and the Salk Institute. The program is also designed to be flexible and strives to accommodate specialized research and/or clinical interests.

Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery

The UC San Diego Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Residency Training Program provides the five years of clinical training required by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) , including one year in general surgery, four years in otolaryngology and one year of protected research time.

Plastic Surgery Residency

The goal of UC San Diego’s Plastic Surgery Residency Program is to educate and train physicians in the art and science of plastic and reconstructive surgery and to develop a competent and responsible plastic surgeon with high moral and ethical character capable of functioning as an independent surgeon.

Travel Assistance Scholarship for Resident Applicants

UC San Diego's Department of Surgery is pleased to announce a travel assistance program for invited residency candidates for the 2018-2019 interview season.  The travel scholarships are based on financial need; applicants must receive 25 percent or more tuition support from financial aid, and have a travel radius greater than 250 miles, to be eligible for the $500 scholarship. Applicants will be invited to apply for the scholarship at the time of interview invitation. A letter of support from the applicant's financial aid office or dean of student affairs is required. For more details, contact Lupita Nuno (General Surgery Residency); Pam Lugo (Plastic Surgery); and Norissa Gastelum (Otolaryngology).