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About The Program

The General Surgery Residency Program of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) is a five-year training program offering residents teaching and clinical experience to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to evaluate, diagnose, and manage surgical patients. Our residents participate in a broad spectrum of patient care cases including general surgery, vascular surgery, surgical oncology, trauma, burn, and pediatric surgery to equip them with the skills to provide patients with superior, comprehensive care.

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Program Information

The General Surgery Residency Program provides teaching and clinical experience with in-house attending coverage 24/7, and the curriculum is designed with rotations in all the core general surgery content areas.

How to Apply

Application requirements and details.

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Meet the program’s faculty

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Detailed descriptions of the rotations for each year of training in the general surgery program.

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Our program includes training opportunities at five medical center locations across the region.

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Contact Information
Charles Richart, MD, FACS, FCCMGeneral Surgery Program Director Kylene Smartis, MA Ed, MAETGeneral Surgery Program Coordinator 770-219-8731 General Surgery Main General Surgery Email
Why General Surgery Residency at NGMC?

Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) General Surgery Residency has an initial accreditation by the Residency Review Committee for surgery. The program accepts up to six categorical residents each academic year. Our initial five years of match residents have a unique opportunity to assist in building the foundation for the future of our program.

The General Surgery Continuity Clinics provide exposure to a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. In Northeast Georgia, patients often present with advanced surgical disease and multiple comorbidities that require collaboration not only with the patient and the patient’s family, but also with other healthcare professionals in order to deliver needed medical care.

How are the Rotations Organized?

Residents in our program have the opportunity to work one on one with experienced general surgeons who provide care for patients in all areas of general surgery. Residents will complete monthly rotations on surgical service with direct supervision designed to focus on producing general surgeons who are ready for the next step in their careers.

Most rotations will be performed at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) in Gainesville, GA. The transplant, burn and pediatric rotations will be performed at our partner sites, Emory University Hospital,  Grady Memorial Hospital and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite in cooperation with the General Surgery Resident Program at Emory University.

What is the Curriculum?

At the beginning of residency for PGY-1 residents, all interns will participate in an extended didactic schedule, focusing on surgical skills simulation curriculum to provide the foundation for their skills development throughout their residency. Hands-on activities and directed practice of suturing and knot-tying, laparoscopic skills, camera navigation, chest tube placement, venous access, and vent management are taught as well as skills to assist with integrating into the culture of the hospital and community. PGY-1 students will receive extended hours of training through the first month. Simulation activities will continue weekly through throughout the five years. All residents have 24/7 access to the simulation lab.