Thank you for your interest in the general surgery residency program at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center. Our program places strong emphasis on provision of excellent clinical care, establishing new horizons in minimally invasive surgery, education of residents and medical students in all aspects of surgery, and high-level surgical research. Our program trains and prepares some of the finest young surgeons in the country for the rigors of academic or private practice as well as subsequent fellowship training.
Our general surgery residency program’s integrated and affiliated training sites include rotations in surgical oncology, cardiothoracic, vascular, gastrointestinal, colorectal, hepatobilliary, general surgery, surgical critical care, pediatric surgery, and trauma/acute care surgery. UC Irvine’s faculty and volunteer faculty, as well as that of our affiliate institutions, are committed to teaching and provide residents with a variety of resources and opportunities to engage their surgical knowledge. Surgical residents perform clinical rotations at our University Medical Center, the Veteran’s Affairs – Long Beach Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
Residents interested in research will find a broad range of resources and mentors. While not required, research during residency imbues critical skills and exposes the resident to the an additional dimension of academic surgery. Options for one or two years of dedicated research outside of the clinical track are available.
Resident applications are accepted through ERAS and determined via the NRMP process. Matching applicants will begin their residency the following June.
Requirements for application:
The University of California requires that all residents be citizens of the United States, be in possession of a green card, or possess an ECFMG-sponsored J-1 visa. We do not sponsor visas for citizenship. Applicants from international medical schools must have a valid California post-graduate training authorization letter (PTAL)
We wish you the best of luck in your surgical pursuits, and thank you for your interest in our residency training program!
Dolich, M.D. F.A.C.S.
Director, General Surgery Residency Program
The UC Irvine Department of Surgery emphasizes six competence areas identified by the ACGME for organization of educational objectives and assessment methods:
In 2006, UC Irvine became one of the first educational institutions in the
United States to be accredited by the American College of Surgeons for simulation training. As a Level I accredited state-of the art simulation center, UC Irvine offers residents the means to learn novel techniques to supplement their curriculum in both open and minimally invasive surgery.
At UC Irvine, residents receive exposure to all core components of surgery, as well as specialized training in surgical oncology, vascular surgery, minimally invasive surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, colon and rectal surgery, trauma and acute surgery, and transplantation.
Unlike other residency programs, UC Irvine has a surgical educator whose focus is to develop and implement novel curricula and enhance the surgical skills of our residents.
UC Irvine Medical Center
UC Irvine Medical Center is an academic medical center and principal clinical facility for the School of Medicine’s teaching and research programs. The following services are provided: medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, family medicine, pathology, radiology, ophthalmology, neurology, anesthesiology, and pain management and rehabilitation.
In addition, the medical center has cardiac, neonatal, respiratory, burn, and medical-surgical intensive care units. It is the designated countywide Level I tertiary trauma referral center.
Affiliate Teaching Hospitals
The residency curriculum is a two-year cycle with teaching conferences oriented to the curriculum. It includes standardized readings and a review of surgical text, basic science, surgical decision-making, SCORE, AccessSurgery and the American College of Surgeons’ Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program.
With a climate that ranges from 50 to 75 degrees in the winter and 60 to 90 degrees in the summer, and close proximity to the mountains and the ocean, Orange County, California offers a wide variety of activities from skiing and snowboarding to surfing, sailing and other water sports. In fact, swimming, boating, surfing, skin diving and fishing are year-round sports. Irvine alone boasts expansive parks, scenic hiking, biking and jogging trails as well as public golf courses and tennis courts.
Hard core sports fans will enjoy frequent professional sporting events, including Angels’ baseball, the Anaheim Ducks for hockey and horseracing at the Santa Anita and Del Mar tracks.
Orange County is home to the nationally renowned South Coast Repertory, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, art museums, Knotts Berry Farm, Disneyland and California Adventure, as well as numerous performance venues.
Visitors to nearby Los Angeles will find some of the best entertainment facilities in the country, the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, the Geffen Playhouse, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Kodak Theater and the Hollywood Bowl. A variety of smaller stage productions are also available in Hollywood and the nearby Melrose Avenue district. Extensive art collections are on view at the Los Angeles County, Norton Simon and Getty art museums, as well as at the Huntington Library, which is home to a world-class arboretum. There are also numerous smaller art galleries throughout the region.
The region’s extensive freeway system makes all of these activities readily accessible. San Diego, with Sea World, the prestigious San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, and the U.S./Mexican border are only a two-hour drive away.
Patrick Rudersdorf, M.D., Administrative Chief
Patrick D. Rudersdorf, M.D. was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He was educated by the Jesuits and attended Creighton University for high school, undergrad and medical school. During medical school he met his wife, Morgan, and the two of them matched at UC Irvine for Surgery and OB/GYN respectively. Morgan is currently completing her fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at UCI, and after completing his general surgery residency, Patrick will pursue a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at UCLA. Patrick and Morgan recently welcomed the birth of their first son to the UCI family.
Christopher Washington, M.D., Administrative Chief
Christopher Washington, M.D. is the Administrative Chief Resident at UC Irvine. He grew up in Stockton, California and then went on to graduate from University of California, San Diego with Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Psychology and later from University of California, Irvine School of Medicine as an Alpha Omega Alpha honors recipient. He has an interest in surgical education and has received multiple teaching awards during his residency. Chris enjoys traveling, music and spending time with his wife and young son. He will be entering into private practice in Southern California.
Joseph Chen, M.D.
Joseph Chen, M.D. grew up in Orange, California. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of California, Irvine then matriculated to the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine for medical school and residency. In June of 2013, he will complete his General Surgery training and continue his surgical training at The Methodist Hospital in Houston for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery training for three year fellowship. Joseph has served on the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine admissions committee since 2005 and has also served as a University of California, Irvine Biosci Alumni Mentor for the undergraduate campus since 2010. He is also an active mentor for the Irvine Clinical Experience program at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center. He has completed research under Dr. David Hoyt and participated in 17 international medical missions in Mexico, China, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Vietnam. His outside interests include DJ-ing, break dancing, paintball, basketball, video games, and blackjack.
Nicole Datrice, M.D.
Nicole Datrice, M.D. is originally from San Diego, CA. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences at UC Santa Barbara, with a Minor in French. She then completed medical school at UC Irvine School of Medicine. She matched in General Surgery at UC Irvine, and after her 3rd year, moved to the East Coast for a 2 year clinical and research fellowship with the National Cancer Institute. There she did benchwork looking at epithelial to mesenchymal transition, as well as epigentics in thoracic malignancies, under the guidance of Dr. Steven Rosenberg and Dr. David Schrump. She and her husband of three years are also very accomplished in the field of producing an exceptionally cute 17 month-old daughter. Pictures available upon request.
"UCI surgery is different because
it is not a program --it is a family. I first realized this as a Sub-I, and it
becomes more solidified every day. An as a family, we want everyone to excel, we
expect the best from each other, and we are always there for each other.
The most important part of our program is the diversity that it provides its resident. We are a university program that experiences opportunities at multitude of different community programs. Our operating experience is diverse and extensive. We have the opportunity to operate with the world experts, and at the same time be able to experience the community, private surgeon’s point of view."
- Dorna Jafari , Research Resident
"The best thing about my program is the people. It is
why I chose UCI, and it is why I came back after 2 years of research. I
felt very close to the people I had started residency with, as well as certain
attendings, administrative, and staff members. I also really
appreciate the focus on resident education, which became very noticeable when
Dr. Hoyt was here, and has been continued on by dedicated people like Dr. Jill Endres and Dr. Brian Smith."
- Nicole Datrice, PGY-5 Resident
“I chose UCI because of the diverse patient population, young energetic faculty, and camaraderie among the surgical residents.”
- Brian Buchberg, Graduated Resident
Some graduating residents choose to pursue subspecialty fellowship training after residency. Several continue their training in plastic surgery. Many graduates choose to enter into private practice, group practice or join HMO organizations.
Below is a list of recent graduates and the areas of surgery they pursued:
|Year of Graduation||Location||Specialty|
|2012||University of California, Irvine||Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship|
|2012||Oregon Health and Sciences University||Colorectal Surgery Fellowship|
|2012||Harbor UCLA Medical Center||Vascular Surgery Fellowship|
|2012||University of Maryland Adam R. Cowley Shock Trauma Center||Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship|
|2012||Kaiser Permanente, Anaheim||General Surgery|
|2011||University of California, Los Angeles||Vascular Surgery Fellowship|
|2011||University of California, San Diego||Plastic Surgery Fellowship|
|2011||Moffit Cancer Institute||Surgical Oncology Fellowship|
|2011||Cleveland Clinic||MIS/Forgut/Bariatric Fellowship|
|2011||University of Washington||Advanced MIS Fellowship|
|2010||University of Southern California||Vascular Surgery Fellowship|
|2010||Swedish Hospital, Seattle, WA||Colorectal Surgery Fellowship|
|2010||University of California, Irvine||MIS Fellowship|
|2010||University of Virginia||Plastic Surgery Fellowship|
|2009||Alta Bates Summit Hospital, Berkeley||MIS Fellowship|
|2009||Harbor UCLA Medical Center||Vascular Surgery Fellowship|
|2009||San Luis Obispo County||Private Practice|
|2009||University of California, Irvine||Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship|
|2009||University of Hawaii||Critical Care Fellowship|
|2009||University of Los Angeles||Cardiothoracic Fellowship|
|2008||University of Florida||MIS Fellowship|
|2008||University of Arizona||Vascular Surgery Fellowship|
|2008||University of California, Irvine||Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship|
|2008||Texas A&M University||Vascular Surgery Fellowship|
|2008||Orange County||Private Practice|
|2008||UCLA, Olive View Medical Center||Asst. Professor of Surgery|
|2007||Los Angeles County||Private Practice, General Surgery|
|2007||University of Chicago||Vascular Surgery Fellowship|
|2007||Baylor University||Cardiothoracic Fellowship|
|2007||State University of New York, at Stony Brook||Vascular Surgery Fellowship|
|2007||St.Christopher's Hospital for Children||Pediatric Surgery Fellowship|
|2007||Baylor University||Colorectal Fellowship|
|2006||Case Western University||Vascular Surgery Fellowship|
|2006||Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL||Colorectal Fellowship|
|2006||University of Arizona||Vascular Surgery Fellowship|
|2006||Santa Maria, CA||Private Practice|
|2006||Cleveland Clinic Foundation||Vascular Surgery Fellowship|
|2006||University of Pittsburgh||MIS Fellowship|
|2005||Kaiser Permanente, Maui , HI||Staff Surgeon|
|2005||University of Texas, Southwestern||Assistant Professor, Surgery|
|2005||University of California, Los Angeles||Vascular Surgery Fellowship|
|2005||University of California, Irvine||Gastrointestinal Surgery Fellowship|
|2005||University of California, Irvine||Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship|
|2004||Scribbs Clinc, San Diego, CA||Vascular Surgery Fellowship|
|2004||Emory University||Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship|
|2004||United States Air Force||Vascular Surgery Fellowship|
|2004||City of Hope||Oncology, Fellowship|
|2004||University of Utah||Vascular Surgery Fellowship|
|2003||St. Louis University, MO||Plastic Surgery, Resident|
|2003||University of California, Irvine||MIS Fellowship|
|2003||University of California, Irvine||Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship|
|2003||Baylor University Medical Center||Vascular Surgery Fellowship|
|2003||Boston, MA||Private Practice, General Surgery|
|2002||Southern Orange County, CA||Private Practice, General Surgery|
|2002||Kaiser Permanente, Bellflower, CA||Staff Surgeon|
|2002||Emory University||Cardiothoracic Fellowship|
|2002||University of California, San Francisco||Cardiothoracic Fellowship|
|2002||University of California, Irvine||Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship|
|2001||United States Air Force||Surgeon|
|2001||University of California, Irvine||Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship|
|2001||University of California, Los Angeles||Plastic Surgery, Resident|
|2001||Southern California||Private Practice|
|2000||Nashville, TN||Private Practice|
|2000||Southern California||Private Practice|
|2000||Baylor College of Medicine||Cardiothoracic Surgery|
|2000||University of California, Irvine||Faculty, General Surgery|
|2000||Southern California||Private Practice|
|1999||University of Massachusetts||Vascular Surgery Fellowship|
|1999||Loma Linda University Medical Center||Vascular Surgery Fellowship|
|1999||University of Southern California||Endoscopic Surgery|
|1999||University of California, Los Angeles||Vascular Surgery Fellowship|
|1999||Pennsylvania Hospital||Vascular Surgery Fellowship|