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.
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.
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.
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.
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.