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 General Surgery Residency Facts

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Marshfield Clinic offers three categorical positions in each of five years of the General Surgery Residency Program. As of July 2023, 89​​​ surgeons have graduated from our program.

The General Surgery Residency is an all-categorical program with a commitment to training surgeons who will practice the broad scope of general surgery.  A focus on surgical critical care, advanced laparoscopic techniques and specific endoscopic training provides experience in both routine and complicated surgical procedures and patient management. 

With one of the busiest ambulatory surgery centers in the country, we prepare you for "real world" practice in today's health care environment. Some rotations are performed at the UW Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

ATLS, BLS and ACLS are courses provided in the Clinic.


Many of our General Surgery Residents pursue post-residency fellowships, and many graduates of our General Surgery Residency Program have entered general surgery practice directly. General Surgery Residents from our program have entered the following fellowship programs:​

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Hand Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Advanced Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Robotic and Bariatric Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery

Teaching Staff

The faculty in the Department of Surgery represent general surgery and the following surgical subspecialties:​

  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Trauma/Surgical Critical Care
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery
  • Hepatobiliary Surgery
  • Breast Surgery

Operative Experiences

Our General Surgery Residents' collective experience encompasses all areas of general surgery. Over the course of their five years of training, a resident performs more than 1,000 operative procedures. Our residents also meet all American Board of Surgery requirements for defined category cases, chief resident cases and teaching cases. Below is an average of the major procedures for our graduating general surgery residents:

Category ​Average at Marshfield ​RRC Requirements
​Head and neck ​53 ​25
​Skin, soft tissue, breast 104 ​65
​Alimentary tract ​228 ​180
​Abdomen 302 ​250
​Liver ​5
​Pancreas ​6 ​5
Vascular 154 ​50
​Endocrine 17 ​15
​Trauma-op 32 ​10
​Trauma non-op 47 ​40
​Thoracic 28 ​20
​Pediatrics 29 ​20
​Plastics ​34 ​10
​Endoscopy ​140 ​85
​Laparoscopic, basic ​170 ​100
​Laparoscopic, complex 


Total as Chief Resident ​248 ​200
Total Major Operations ​926 ​850


Outpatient Experience

General Surgery Residents devote one-half day per week in the outpatient clinic, with the surgical faculty in attendance.