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General Surgical Residency Program

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Established in 1958, the 5 year ACGME accredited Swedish Medical Center General Surgery Residency Program is based out of the medical center’s First Hill campus in downtown Seattle, Washington. The program is dedicated to quality surgical education in a large, urban, tertiary care, not-for-profit hospital setting, emphasizing a close collegiate relationship between attending surgeon and resident.

The program utilizes an apprenticeship/mentor model of training in which individual residents work closely with small groups of attending surgeons and emphasizes early operative exposure continuing throughout the five years. The program offers two types of positions:


The program fills five categorical positions per year, offering broad clinical experience in the diverse areas of general surgery as well as wide exposure to multiple surgical sub-specialties. Most recently, the program has achieved:

  • Operative volumes for Chief Residents completing the program in 2017 within the 90th percentile for programs in the nation
  • Sixty percent of residents pursue additional fellowship training
  • As of its last site visit in 2010, Full Continued Accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Preliminary Positions

Five PGY 1 Preliminary Surgery Residency positions are available per year.  These one year positions are non-designated and available to any applicant seeking one year of surgical training prior to starting formal residency training in fields such as anesthesiology, interventional radiology, or surgical specialties. As a resident in this program, you will experience:

  • Extensive operative training with categorical residents, along with program specific requirements
  • A robust, dynamic curriculum with active and engaged faculty
  • Daily, weekly, and monthly didactic programs

Program Testimonial from Hunter Dunlap, MD
Preliminary Resident, Interventional Radiology

I chose Swedish General Surgery as my intern year for a reason, knowing I would be going into Interventional Radiology. I knew I wanted to complete a surgery intern year for the experience and I was looking for a program that would give me operative time, hands on experience, and where I would serve as a valuable team member. This type of program can be difficult to find especially as a non-categorical intern. I was given the same respect and experiences as the categorical interns from day one. 

My experience at Swedish gave me the knowledge and skills that I need to help answer my referring clinicians questions diagnostically and guide therapies with interventions. The operative experience was not only satisfying but gave me insight into surgical practice, complications, and outcomes, which can be similar in interventional radiology. 

With the shift in training in Interventional radiology, I will be expected to manage surgical patients in an ICU setting which I am comfortable with and have several months experience with at Swedish. Patient management skills from basic post-operative care to trauma resuscitation are skills that that are expected of an interventional radiologist and are skills that I gained during my time at Swedish. 

Not only am I more than prepared for my IR training and career, I feel that I have knowledge and skills that many of my colleagues lack having not done a year in surgery or at a program with such hands on experience for interns. You would be hard pressed to find another program with the caliber of training that Swedish offers. If I could do it again, there is no doubt I would train at Swedish again!

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Swedish Medical Center General Surgery Residency Program