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General Surgery Residency

A Message from the Program Director

Welcome to the University of Missouri General Surgery Residency program website. I am happy that you are taking the time to look at our program more closely. Hopefully, you will get a better sense of who we are and what we are about as a training community at Mizzou.

Our General Surgery training program, in existence for more than 50 years, is an ACGME fully accredited, five-year program approved to finish three chief residents every year. We are a university-based program with emphasis on graduated resident responsibility, research, and education. The faculty and facilities we have provide a unique opportunity for those interested in General Surgery to become an excellent clinician as well as researcher for the next generation of surgical care. Trainees have the opportunity to become proficient in  such areas as Acute Care Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, Surgical Oncology, General Surgery, and Trauma from the best that the University of Missouri has to offer. Training occurs in four different settings: University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics, University of Missouri Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, and the Harry S. Truman Veterans’ Hospital. There are robust educational offerings from skills labs, didactic lectures, research, clinical and operative experience, and visiting professors.

We are proud of our graduates. They have obtained either their desired fellowship or private practice position upon graduation. And, our first time American Board of Surgery pass rate is great as well.

Finally, I will add that Columbia is a wonderful place to live. We have all the offerings of the University of Missouri set in a beautiful town full of recreational and cultural offerings.

Again, thank you for your interest in our General Surgery Residency program. Explore the links and learn more about us. If you have any specific questions about our program not addressed here, please feel free to contact us for the information.


Arthur Rawlings, MD, MDiv, FACS
Program Director, General Surgery

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