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Find information on the General Surgery Residency program for the Department of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine.
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General Surgery Residency

Welcome to the General Surgery Residency Program at Indiana University School of Medicine. Led by national leaders in surgical education, our program develops your skills to care for both simple and complex surgical patients in a supportive learning environment while fostering competency and increased autonomy in the operating room. Our clinical experiences are provided by IU Health, Eskenazi Health and the VA medical center health systems located both downtown and around suburban Indianapolis, offering a comprehensive exposure to the breadth and depth of surgical practice, both in the operating room and at the bedside.

Graduates from our program seamlessly transition to competitive subspecialty fellowships or private practice, whether in urban or rural settings. We take pride in our close-knit community of hardworking individuals who emphasize teamwork and camaraderie as a foundation for success. Our program provides opportunities for residents to foster their own personal and professional growth, as well as offering ample support and flexibility for our residents when needed.

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E. Matthew Ritter, MD

Professor of Surgery

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Associate Program Directors

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Interested in applying to the General Surgery residency program at Indiana University School of Medicine?

Alexandria D. McDow, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Steven D. Mong, DO

Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery

Samantha L. Tarras, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery

clinical education coordinators
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MiMi Arrington

General Surgery and General Surgery Research

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Stacy Faletic

General Surgery, Breast Surgery and MIS

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Develop your skills to care for both simple and complex surgical patients.

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Current Residents

Meet the current general surgery residents.

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Resident Research and Professional Development

Complementing the outstanding clinical surgery experience is the ability to participate in dedicated research and professional development. Most residents choose to participate in two (or more) dedicated years of training after completing their PGY 2 clinical year. Residents who participate in research and professional development years have been very successful in their research endeavors. They boast outstanding publication records, frequently present at national meetings, and acquire prestigious scholarships and grants to help fund their research pursuits. During this time, residents are encouraged to obtain an advanced degree from Indiana University at no cost to the resident. Current master’s degrees are available in education, public health, clinical research and biostatistics.

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Global Health and AMPATH

At IU School of Medicine, resident physicians can immerse themselves in global health through our training pathway and diverse electives, enhancing their skills in international health care. The Global Health Pathway is open to all specialty residents, offering local and overseas electives with dedicated faculty mentors. This interdepartmental program unites residents from various specialties, fostering a shared commitment to delivering comprehensive healthcare worldwide. Notably, our AMPATH-Kenya initiative, one of the world's most significant collaborative healthcare efforts, invites residents from medicine, pediatrics, surgery, and obstetrics and gynecology to engage in a life-changing and career-changing one or two-month elective at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.

Pre-departure orientation, in-country education, and debriefing sessions ensure a meaningful experience.

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Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Discover a vibrant community at the Indiana University School of Medicine's Department of Surgery, where diversity is our cornerstone. We champion inclusivity across all aspects of human experience, from race and gender to religion and geography. Our commitment unfolds through three pillars: representational diversity, an inclusive environment, and cultural competence.

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Life In Indy

Indianapolis, Indiana, is a vibrant city that beckons with its blend of urban excitement and Midwestern charm. Nestled at the Crossroads of America, it offers a thriving cultural scene, world-class sports and robust education. As home to IU School of Medicine, the largest medical and research university, it boasts top-notch health care and research opportunities. With a low cost of living and a welcoming community, Indianapolis invites you to experience a fulfilling life in the heart of the Midwest, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a balanced and enriching lifestyle.

Meet Our Faculty

Meet our expert general surgery faculty, dedicated to shaping the future of surgeon-scientists through comprehensive training in clinical practice and cutting-edge research.

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Clinical Facilities

Clinical training for surgery residency is based at the five major teaching hospitals located on the IU School of Medicine’s downtown Indianapolis campus: IU Health University Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, Eskenazi Health, and IU Health Methodist Hospital. In addition to the traditional surgical services at these sites, the Department of Surgery offers preceptor models of surgical training at two suburban hospitals: IU Health North and IU Health West.

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Continuing Your Education: Fellowships

The IU School of Medicine Department of Surgery offers 12 accredited fellowship programs open to physicians who have completed general surgery residency training.

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Did You Know?

Upon completion of the general surgery residency at IU School of Medicine, 90 percent have continued their training in 17 subspecialty areas through 35 fellowship programs across the United States, while 10 percent have entered private practice.

Surgery residency alumni have gone on to competitive fellowship programs at Cedars-Sinai Los Angeles, Cleveland Clinic, Duke University, Baylor College of Medicine MD Anderson Cancer Center, IU School of Medicine and other prestigious medical centers.

General Surgery Residency Alumni: Where are they now?

From 2010-2023, the Department of Surgery at IU School of Medicine has graduated more than 94 residents from its general surgery residency programs.


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