• SenkowskiWelcome to the General Surgery Residency Program at Mercer University School of Medicine – Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia. We appreciate your interest in our training program. Our categorical five-year surgical residency program gives bright, highly motivated individuals the opportunity to acquire the full spectrum of surgical skills and knowledge necessary to become a competent general surgeon, whether destined for direct entry into practice or moving on to surgical subspecialty fellowship.

    Graduates from our program have gone on to extraordinary clinical fellowships as well as into highly performing clinical practice. Our 30 faculty members are recognized experts in their fields of specialization. Our program is fully accredited by the ACGME residency review committee with five categorical positions available per year for a total of 25 categorical residents in the five-year program. Our ACGME accreditation follows the next accreditation system (NAS) and we have currently a 10-year cycle approval, which is the highest possible.

    The surgical program offers exceptional clinical opportunities in acute and outpatient settings. The program emphasizes early operative exposure and our graduates have some of the highest caseloads as operating surgeons. More than 1,000 operations are usually performed by each resident. In evaluating our residents using the operative performance metrics, all of our residents are graduating with top operative ability both in experience and in confidence.

    As a tertiary care, university-based medical institution that serves 24 counties in Georgia and four counties in South Carolina (a land mass larger than the states of New Jersey and Connecticut combined) the breadth of cases seen is unsurpassed. Advanced minimally invasive procedures (liver, bariatric, pancreas), vascular interventional approaches, and exposure to robotic surgery are a few examples of the experience residents receive in our program.

    At the completion of our residency training program, house officers gain in-depth experience in general surgery, trauma, plastic, surgical critical care, surgical oncology, endocrine surgery, vascular surgery, cardiothoracic, ENT, transplantation, MIS, and pediatric surgery.

    Our didactic curriculum follows the national SCORE web-based program with strong faculty support. The didactic program also includes lectures on Systems-Based care, Evidence-Based reviews in Surgery, Mortality, and Morbidity conference, combined radiology conference and an ethics curriculum. Monthly research conferences support our belief that research is an important part of surgical education. Our residents are expected to publish a peer-reviewed article before graduation and all of our residents present at regional and national meetings

    In accordance with the ACGME’s core competencies, our curriculum reflects the best aspects of practice-based learning and improvement. Our teaching involves a significant degree of mentoring and preceptorship, allowing residents to work directly with a single faculty member. We urge you to strongly consider this unique mentorship environment and the degree to which our faculty can serve as a wonderful resource for career direction.

    Thank you for your interest in our world-class surgical residency program. We are committed to providing a supportive learning environment with great attention to diversity and a learner-centered, evidence-based educational program.

    Christopher K. Senkowski, M.D., FACS
    Professor and Chair
    Program Director, General Surgery Residency
    Department of Surgery
    Email: senkoch1@memorialhealth.com