Stanford General Surgery Residency Tracks

Stanford General Surgery offers two categorical resident tracks and two preliminary tracks. Applicants can apply to one or both tracks.  

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Standard Categorical Track (5+2)

NRMP Code 1820440C0

Residents in the 5+2 track receive 5 clinical years of complex surgical training culminating in the Chief year. Over the five years there is a progressive advancement of complexity and responsibility taken on by the residents.  They are capable being independent surgeons at the end of this time period.  

In addition these residents take two years of Professional Development time after their second year.  The goal of these two years is to develop an expertise in a field of surgery that will distinguish each resident from others when they graduate.  In the past residents have used this time period to join basic science laboratories, obtain other advanced degrees, complete a Surgical Education Fellowship,etc.  

Stanford Accelerated Surgeon Scientist (SASS) Categorical Track

NRMP Code 1820440C1

We have reserved one spot for the SASS track which is comprised of the same 5 clinical years of surgical training as the standard track and no Professional Development time.  Applicants interested in this position must specifically rank the SASS track on their match list for the NRMP and make it clear to our program that they would like to be considered for this position by contacting our residency coordinator, Anita Hagan or by selecting the SASS track in ERAS.

We are seeking applicants who have made significant contributions to a scientific field and are interested in applying for government grants immediately after completing their clinical training.  SASS track residents will be assigned both clinical and research mentors to help guide their careers. Candidates that are competitive for this position would include those that have previously earned a PhD and successfully published their work.

Preliminary PGY1 Track

NRMP Code 1820440P0

We set aside five intern positions for applicants who want one year of general surgery training before going on to their primary residency such as anesthesia or radiology.  We make every effort to ensure that the rotation schedules for preliminary surgery interns are similar to the categorical schedules.  We can account for most specialty specific rotation requests.

PGY 1 prelim interviews are scheduled as phone interviews; interviews take place in December.

Preliminary PGY2 Track

NRMP Code 1820440P3


We offer two, PGY2 prelim positions. You need one year of general surgery clinical training in an ACGME accredited program in order to apply. 

Please apply using ERAS by selecting our Advanced Track.

Our application deadline is October 1.