ACGME-I-accredited residency programs in general surgery prepare residents to develop knowledge and technical skill to provide comprehensive care to patients with surgical disorders of the abdomen, alimentary tact, breast, endocrine organs, skin, and soft tissues. ACGME-I-accredited programs also provide educational opportunities for residents to develop competence in surgical evaluation and management of pediatric patients, patients following trauma, patients requiring intensive care, and patients with oncologic and vascular disorders.

In addition, ACGME-I-accredited programs in general surgery provide educational opportunities for residents to develop competence in

  • Practice-based Learning and Improvement, or the ability to investigate and evaluate care, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and continuously improve patient care;
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills, or the ability to effectively exchange information and collaborate with patients, their families, and health professionals;
  • Professionalism, or the commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and to adhere to ethical principles; and,
  • Systems-based Practice, or awareness and responsiveness to the larger system of health care and the ability to use resources in the system to provide optimal health care.

The Review Committee-International and ACGME-I staff members provide documents and resources on this web page to assist ACGME-I-accredited programs and those applying for accreditation of residency programs in general surgery and fellowship programs in colon and rectal surgery and pediatric surgery.

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