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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. Our 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 general surgery residents with clinical experience, skills and knowledge to provide patients with high-quality, comprehensive care.

Welcome from Charles Richart, MD, FACS, FCCM

Program Information

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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Living Here

Learn more about living in Gainesville and Hall county

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Why choose to complete your Internal Medicine residency at NGMC.

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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 Residency Main General Surgery Residency Email
Why General Surgery Residency at NGMC?

The Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) General Surgery Residency Program is accredited by the Residency Review Committee for surgery.

The program accepts up to six categorical residents each academic year. The inaugural class of general surgery residents has 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 NGMC’s general surgery residency 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 HospitalGrady Memorial Hospital and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite in cooperation with the General Surgery Residency Program at Emory University.

What is the Curriculum?

At the beginning of the general surgery 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.

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.

PGY-1 students will receive extended hours of training through the first month.

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


Resident Annual Salary – 2019-2020

  • PGY-1 – $55,000
  • PGY-2 – $57,500
  • PGY-3 – $59,500
  • PGY-4 – $61,500
  • PGY-5 – $63,500

Paid Days Off (PDO)

  • PGY-1 and PGY-2 – up to 20 days
  • PGY-3 – up to 22 days
  • PGY-4 – up to 24 days
  • PGY-5, PGY-6 and chief resident – up to 27 days

Educational Stipend 

  • PGY-1    $800
  • PGY-2   $1,500
  • PGY-3 and above $3,000

Other Benefits

Residents will also receive health insurance including pharmacy benefits, vision coverage, life insurance, short and long term disability, 401k and relocation coverage.


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NGMC GME detailed salary and benefit information.