Education and Training
Educational Programs in the Department of Surgery
The residency program is designed to attract the best possible individuals and to train them through clinical exposure and through formal and informal conferences to be outstanding clinical surgeons.
This program is designed to assign students to a surgical team and mentor. This program is intended for students who are interested in pursuing a career in surgery.
Additional Programs by Specialty
The Department of Surgery offers educational programs in the following divisions:
The Burns Center offers an Acute and Reconstructive Burn Fellowship, which is designed to provide fellows with a broad exposure to all aspects of burn care, including acute care and reconstruction.
The Division of Cardiac Surgery offers an Adult Cardiac Surgery Fellowship, designed for fellows to become experienced in the oversight of a complex service with primary responsibility for the evaluation of emergency cases at night, both in the emergency room and in the catheterization lab.
Gastrointestinal and Oncologic Surgery
The Division of Gastrointestinal & Oncologic Surgery offers a variety of training programs to train fellows in the surgical care of gastrointestinal and oncologic conditions.
The Voice Center offers clinical and research fellowship programs specific to laryngeal surgery.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery offers a variety of training programs in the disciplines of oral and maxilofacial surgery as well as dentistry.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers some of the country's most competitive plastic surgery residencies and fellowships, as well as continuing medical education opportunities.
The Division of Thoracic Surgery offers a Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program, which verses residents in all the contemporary aspects of both cardiac and thoracic surgery, and a Summer Scholars Program, designed to provide significant exposure for medical students as they select their residency.
The Transplant Center offers an Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship and an Infectious Disease Fellowship.
Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care
The Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care offers several educational programs, including the Harvard Medical School Trauma and Critical Care Symposium, the EMS Trauma Conference, post-graduate courses, fellowships and residency program.
Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
The Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery offers a Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Fellowship as well as an Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency Program.
Opportunites for Continued Development
Academic Career Development Seminars
The Department of Surgery's Academic Career Development Seminars cover key topics that encompass an academic surgeon's career trajectory. Every seminar is either presented by a notable academic surgeon in the department or an outside expert in the field. The seminars take place virtually and are recorded for those who are unable to attend live.
All interested faculty members and students are welcome to attend the seminars. They are held on the third Tuesday of every month from 5-6 pm.
Surgical Investigator Club
Surgeons directly impact a patient’s outcome through their clinical acumen and skill. Investigator's directly impact the lives of patients around the world through their discoveries. To invigorate academic and research interaction between residents and faculty, among clinical and non-clinical investigators, the Mass General Department of Surgery hosts a Surgical Investigator Club. Meetings take place virtually on the second Tuesday of every month from 5-6 pm.