General Surgery Residency

About The Program

The Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) General Surgery Residency Program 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.

Surgical residents participate in a broad spectrum of patient care cases including:

  • General surgery
  • Vascular surgery
  • Surgical oncology
  • Trauma
  • Burn
  • Pediatric surgery

These rotations help equip NGMC surgical residents with the clinical experience, skills and knowledge to provide patients with high-quality, comprehensive care.


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General Surgery residents will collaborate & train at five partnering medical center locations across the region.

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J. Clifton Hastings, III, MD, FACSGeneral Surgery Residency Program Chair Priscilla R. Strom, MD, FACSGeneral Surgery Residency Program Director Nelson A. Royall, MD, FACS General Surgery Residency Associate Program Director Nathan J. Creel, MDGeneral Surgery Residency Associate Program Director Edward N. Foxhall, MD, FACSGeneral Surgery Residency Associate Program Director Alondra Fierro, MSGeneral Surgery Residency Program Coordinator Brenda Maya, MBAGeneral Surgery Residency Program Coordinator 770-219-0047 General Surgery Residency Main General Surgery Residency Email
Why General Surgery Residency at NGMC?

Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) is part of one of the fastest growing health systems in Georgia. We support over 700 beds and have over 1,100 medical providers that call NGMC home.

The NGMC General Surgery Residency Program is accredited by the Residency Review Committee for surgery and accepts up to six categorical residents each academic year. Each class of general surgery residents has a unique opportunity to assist in building the foundation for the future of our New Residency 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.

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How are General Surgery Rotations Organized?

Residents in NGMC’s General Surgery Residency Program will have the opportunity to work one on one with experienced general surgeons who provide care for patients in all areas of general surgery. Each month residents will complete rotations on surgical service with direct supervision designed around 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:

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What is the General Surgery Curriculum?

At the beginning of the General Surgery Residency, PGY-1 residents will participate in an extended didactic schedule, focusing on surgical skills simulation curriculum to provide the foundation for their skills development throughout surgical residency. PGY-1 students will receive extended hours of training through the first month.

Residents will learn through hands-on activities and directed practice of:

  • Suturing and knot-tying
  • Laparoscopic skills
  • Camera navigation
  • Chest tube placement
  • Venous access
  • Vent management

The curriculum also includes training to help residents integrate into the culture of Northeast Georgia Health System and the Gainesville community.

Simulation activities will continue weekly throughout the five-year program. All residents have 24/7 access to the simulation lab.

Learn more about NGMC’s General Surgery Curriculum.

Salary, Benefits and Insurance

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Virtual Interviews

The General Surgery Residency program is continuing virtual interviews this year with an Open House in February for those who have joined for a interview.

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