General Surgery Residency Program
The UCSF General Surgery residency program consists of 79 clinical residents and 14 research residents. We offer approximately 40 positions in the first year. Seven positions are for physicians entering the Categorical General Surgery program and are expected to complete the program as chief residents. Approximately 23 positions (designated preliminary physicians) are in combination with postdoctoral training in orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, oral surgery, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery and urology to serve as a base for these specialties. The remaining 10 positions are for non-designated preliminary residents who are provided 12 months of basic general surgery training based on their specialty field of interest.
Plastic Surgery Residency Program
The plastic surgery residency at the University of California, San Francisco is a six-year clinical program consisting of three years of training in general surgery followed by three years of specialty training in plastic surgery. Graduates of the program are eligible to enter the examination process resulting in certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In the first three years the program emphasizes broad and intensive training in all aspects of general surgery. With a few minor variations, the training is identical to the categorical general surgery program; these include additional months of training in Oral Surgery, Hand Surgery, and Orthopedics instead of rotations in GI physiology and endoscopy. A total of six months of the first three years are spent on plastic surgery services at the various hospitals.
UCSF-East Bay Residency Program
The residents of the UC San Francisco - East Bay Program rotate through clinical rotations at the Alameda County Medical Center (ACMC), Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, Walnut Creek, Hayward, and Fremont), San Francisco VA Medical Center (San Francisco, CA), Children's Hospital (Oakland), VA Medical Center (Reno, NV) and the California Pacific Medical Center (San Francisco). Clinical rotations through the various sites provide our residents with exposure to a wide variety of patients with diverse clinical problems, surgical faculty, and practice environments.
Traditionally, at the completion of training, the residents have gained extensive experiences in all of the primary components of general surgery. Our graduates comfortably exceed the requirements in all of the defined categories outlined by the American Board of Surgery.
The program matches 7 categorical and 7 preliminary residents each year and has positions for 43 residents (12-10-7-7-7), with all categorical residents who perform satisfactorily finishing at the end of the fifth clinical year. Residents in good standing may elect a period of research after the second or third clinical year.