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UC Irvine's Department of Surgery is dedicated to providing the highest quality education to our medical students, surgical residents and fellows, academic faculty and community surgeons. The resources available to our educators allow for unparalleled teaching opportunities in a broad range of surgical diseases and leading-edge technology.

UC Irvine Medical Center is designated by the American College of Surgeons as a Level I Trauma Center and the American Burn Association as a verified Burn Center. This translates into exceptional opportunities for our residents, fellows and medical students to learn about and care for critically ill surgical patients.

The Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UC Irvine Medical Center is designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute. This allows for a higher level of education because patients with a wide array of complex surgical problems are often referred to UC Irvine surgeons.

Rotations at affiliated veterans, community and children's hospitals provide exposure to different types of patients and surgical problems - which is imperative to a well-balanced surgical education.

Rounding out this extraordinary clinical experience is the surgical simulation and skills training program. UC Irvine Medical Center is home to one of the first American College of Surgeons Level I Accredited Education Institutes. This state-of-the-art simulation center, designed to promote patient safety by facilitating training in both common and advanced surgical procedures, allows practice and assessment of technical skills and procedures outside of the operating room. CME-accredited courses in minimally invasive general and colorectal surgery are offered for residents, faculty and community surgeons.