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:
Applicants from international medical schools must have a valid California post-graduate training authorization letter (PTAL) and be ECFMG certified at time of application.
We wish you the best of luck in your surgical pursuits, and thank you for your interest in our residency training program!
Brian R. Smith, MD, FACS
Associate Professor and Director
General Surgery Residency Program
To view Dr. Smith's faculty profile, please click here
The UC Irvine Department of Surgery emphasizes six competence areas identified by the ACGME for organization of educational objectives and assessment methods:
For further eligibility requirements and resident information, please visit our Graduate Medical Education site.
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.
Our education division is headed by our Director of Education, Dr. Jill Endres, whose focus is to develop and implement novel curricula and enhance the surgical skills of our residents. Aside from didactics, residents are exposed to a wide variety of knowledge and skill building activities such as labs, FLS, oral board practice, pre-op rounds, professionalism and practice lectures and journal club.
Additionally, our program has the added benefit of an Associate Program Director, Dr. Maki Yamamoto and an Assistant Program Director, Dr. Dawn Elfenbein - both of whom have dedicated their roles to furthering education and research within the program.
The UC Irvine, School of Medicine mission: Discover. Teach. Heal
Learn more about how the UC Irvine Medical Center is living its mission through the UCI Irvine Health Magazine and Helping You Live Well .
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. 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.
The UC Irvine Medical Center is located in the city of Orange and the university itself is nestled in Irvine (15 minutes away).
Affiliate Teaching Hospitals
As part of our philosophy of training, UCI surgical residency includes exposure to all practice types (Academic, private practice, VA, multispecialty HMO) with the below training sites.
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.
In 2013, we moved to an iPad based curriculum featuring educational apps and tools aimed at improving didactic knowledge, study skills and help to maintain cohesive organization.
Residents have a 4-hour protected time block to attend core conferences each Thursday.
Weekly core conferences consist of:
6:30 am to 7:30 am: Didactics/Basic Science
7:30 am to 8:30 am: Grand Rounds
8:30 am to 9:30 am: Morbidity and Mortality Conference (M&M)
9:30 am to 10:30 am: Resident Education (labs, journal club, pre-op rounds, town hall etc.)
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. Orange County 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 Discovery Science Center, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, art museums, Knott's Berry Farm, Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure, as well as numerous performance and sports venues.
Visitors to nearby Los Angeles will find some of the best entertainment facilities in the country including: 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.
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"There is so much support from the level of the attending physicians, to my co-residents, to the mid-level practitioners. I feel incredibly fortunate to be at UC Irvine and I couldn't imagine doing residency anywhere else."
"The best part of the program so far has been the people. My co-residents are easy to get along with, I feel comfortable discussing cases with my seniors and even the attendings. We get exposure to a lot of cases and as interns have a decent amount of time in the OR. The stereotypical surgical program (hierarchical in nature) does not exist here for the most part. You are among colleagues who will listen to you and help you improve on a daily basis."
"I was first interested in UCI Surgery because it is an academic center with a diverse patient population, a moderate sized residency class and is in a great location. After working here for 3 years, I now know that the best part of UCI is the people. The residents, attendings, students and staff truly work as a team. We help each other, teach each other and support each other. This is unique and not something that can be found in most surgical residencies. The training is also excellent because we work at a University Center, VA, Kaiser and a private practice hospital."
"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."
Department of Surgery - Graduated Residents
Our graduates have forged different paths based on their surgical passions. Some have pursued subspeciality fellowships in academic institutions while others have moved towards private, group or HMO practice organizations.
Below is a list of recent graduates and their post-graduate destinations:
|2015||Fellowship - University of Southern California||Colon and Rectal Surgery|
|2015||Fellowship - UC San Diego||Minimally Invasive Surgery|
|2015||Fellowship - Cornell University||Colon and Rectal Surgery|
|2015||Fellowship - Jackson Memorial||Trauma and Critical Care|
|2014||Fellowship - UCSF Fresno||MIS Foregut/Bariatrics|
|2014||Fellowship- University of Maryland, R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma||Surgical Critical Care/Trauma Surgery|
|2014||Fellowship - John Wayne Cancer Center||Surgical Oncology|
|2014||Fellowship - Florida Hospital (Orlando)||Colon and Rectal Surgery|
|2014||Fellowship - Indiana University||Plastic Surgery|
|2014||Fellowship - University of Arizona||Vascular Surgery|
|2013||Fellowship - Method Hospital System in Houston||Plastic Surgery|
|2013||Kasier Permanente - Northern California||General Surgery|
|2013||Fellowship - University of California, Los Angeles||Cardiothoracic Surgery|
|2013||Kaiser Permanente - Orange County||General Surgery|
|2012||Fellowship - University of California, Irvine||Surgical Critical Care/Trauma Surgery|
|2012||Fellowship - Oregon Health Science University||Colon and Rectal Surgery|
|2012||Fellowship- Harbor UCLA||Vascular Surgery|
|2012||Fellowship- University of Maryland, R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma||Surgical Critical Care/Trauma Surgery|
|2012||Kaiser Permanente- Downey, CA||General Surgery|
|2011||Fellowship - University of California, Los Angeles||Vascular Surgery|
|2011||Fellowship - University of California, San Diego||Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery|
|2011||Fellowship - Moffit Cancer Institute||Surgical Oncology|
|2011||Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic, Weston, FL||MIS Foregut/Bariatrics|
|2011||Fellowship - University of Washington||Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery|
|2010||Fellowship- University of Virginia||Plastic Surgery|
|2010||Fellowship - University of California, Irvine||Minimally Invasive Surgery|
|2010||Fellowship- Swedish Hospital; Seattle, WA||Colon and Rectal Surgery|
|2010||Fellowship - University of Southern California||Vascular Surgery|
Congratulations to John Gahagan and Sarath Sujatha-Bhaskar for bringing home the Dowden Cup as the 2016 SoCal ACS Surgical Jeopardy champions!!!
We're very proud of our team! Zot zot!
UC Irvine is proud to have participated in the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2015!!
Below are our resident contributions:
Forum Session: Bariatric/Foregut I
Abstract Title: Reoperation After Bariatric Surgery: Still a Devastating Complication
Presenter: Matthew Whealon MD
Forum Session: Hepatobiliary and Pancreas I
Abstract Title: Readmission After Pancreaticoduodenectomy: An Analysis Of Risk Factors And Timing Of Complications
Presenter: John Gahagan MD
Forum Session: Bariatric/Foregut II
Date And Time: Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 9:45 am - 11:15 am Abstract Title: A Decade Analysis of Trends and Outcomes of Bariatric Surgery in Male Compared to Female Patients
Presenter: Monica T Young, MD
Forum Session: Colon and Rectal Surgery II
Abstract Title: Laparoscopic Ultra Low Anterior Resection with Colonic J-Pouch: Techniques for a Difficult Oncologic Resection (Video)
Presenter: Monica T Young, MD
Forum Session: Colon and Rectal Surgery V
Abstract Title: Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing Epidural to Conventional Analgesia After Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery
Presenter: Mark Hanna MD, University of California Irvine
Forum Session: General Surgery IV
Abstract Title: Discharge Destination After High-Risk Surgery: Impact On Readmission And Mortality
Presenter: Mark Hanna MD
Forum Session: General Surgery IV
Abstract Title: Never Events And Hospital Acquired Conditions After Surgery: Lessons From the ACS-NSQIP Database
Presenter: Mark Hanna MD