With more than 50 years of continuous surgical resident education, the University of Missouri has trained hundreds of surgeons who are leaders in clinical care, research and academics.


Our general surgery residency program is a fully-accredited, five-year university academic surgical program approved to finish four graduates annually. Our outstanding and notable faculty are dedicated to surgical education, and we pride ourselves in creating confident and capable young surgeons who are able to tackle the rigorous and rewarding career ahead, with or without a fellowship.

Through regimented didactics, interactive educational sessions, integrated simulation curricula and outstanding bedside teaching, our residents have achieved a 100% pass rate for both the American Board of Surgery Certifying and Qualifying examinations for the past five years.

Residents rotate in a variety of clinical environments. In addition to University Hospital, resident surgeons rotate at University of Missouri Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital, and Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. Outpatient operations are often completed at the Missouri Center for Outpatient Surgery. Senior residents rotate at our Springfield, Missouri, campus and function as supervised junior attendings in a private practice environment. We offer rotations in general surgery, acute care surgery/trauma, vascular surgery, surgical oncology, cardiothoracic surgery, surgical critical care and pediatric surgery.

The general surgery residency program accepts four categorical residents per year and seven preliminary non-categorical residents through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).

For more information on our program and our faculty and residents, please view our brochure:

General Surgery Residency Brochure

From the Program Director

Welcome to the University of Missouri general surgery residency. Our general surgery training program, in existence for more than 50 years, is an ACGME fully accredited, five-year program approved to finish four 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 excellent clinicians and researchers for the next generation of surgical care. Trainees have the opportunity to become proficient in a variety of surgical specialties and learn from the best that the University of Missouri has to offer. Our robust educational offerings include skills labs, didactic lectures, research, clinical and operative experience, and visiting professors.

We are proud of our graduates. Our first-time American Board of Surgery pass rate is exemplary. And, upon graduation, our graduates have obtained either their desired fellowship or a position in a private practice.

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

Again, thank you for your interest in our general surgery residency program. We are dedicated to preparing our graduates to excel in their chosen fields. We invite you to explore our website 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

Residency training at MU