General Surgery Residency Program
Education is the critical mission of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine's Department of Surgery, and the faculty and staff within the department are deeply committed to the General Surgery Residency Program. To accomplish this mission, we have evolved a dynamic clinical curriculum that prioritizes education over service, a faculty trained to teach and hired with clear expectations of their role as facilitators of learning, and an educational structure that values residents as a group of individuals with separate learning needs and ambitions.
The Department of Surgery assumes a kaizen approach, a Japanese term meaning "the relentless quest for better quality." The program leadership and faculty strive to develop learners who not only work towards achieving their maximum capabilities as surgeons, but who reach beyond what they thought possible within a positive learning environment. Significant resources are dedicated to meet our education mission and manage a residency program that truly facilitates the professional as well as personal growth of its residents to graduate future leaders, scholars and clinicians.
General Surgery Residency Virtual Town Halls, 2021
Session 1: Program Introduction, Clinical Training, and Education
Thursday, September 16, 2021, 7:00-8:15pm CST
You can view a recording of Session 1 here
Session 2: Research Opportunities
Thursday, September 23, 2021, 7:00-8:15 PM CST
You can view a recording of Session 2 here
Session 3: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion + Resident Culture
Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 7:00-8:15 PM CST
You can view a recording of Session 3 here
About Our Program
How to Apply
Individuals interested in applying to the general surgery residency program of the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University must submit their application via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) only. We do not accept any paper applications.
Our application review process will begin on September 29, 2021. The deadline for application is October 20, 2021. Applications received after that date will not be reviewed.
A complete application includes the following:
- ERAS application
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal statement
- USMLE transcript (no minimum score requirements)
- Medical school transcript
- Medical school performance evaluation (dean's letter)
- ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
Review our Resident Selection Policy
As of now the General Surgery program is in the process of planning the 2021-2022 application cycle interviews whether they will be held virtually or in-person. Interviews are by invitation only and are required for acceptance to our program. Applicants who we wish to invite to interview will be notified via email by the end of October.
We have two virtual interview dates this year:
- Thursday, December 2, 2021, 9am-2:30pm CST
- Thursday, December 16, 2021, 9am-2:30pm CST
We host three virtual program informational sessions every year so applicants can get to know our program better. These virtual informational sessions are open to all applicants and range in topics from clinical duties, research, curriculum, and culture/diversity. Informational town halls for the 2021 application cycle have already taken place, but you can view recordings of the sessions by clicking on the links above.
Dates and registration information for the 2022 application cycle will be available in mid-August 2022.
No previous U.S. clinical experience is required to apply to our program.
We do not have a minimum/maximum number of years from medical school graduation date requirement.
The preferred visa for training at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University is the J-1 visa sponsored through the ECFMG for residency/fellowship training. Applicants should be ECFMG-certified by the application deadline of Oct. 20.
Applicants with H1-B visas are encouraged to apply. Please also have visa information included in your application due by the Oct. 20 deadline.
The Department of Surgery strives to create and maintain training programs that mirror the diverse patient population we serve in Chicago. We believe that diverse faculty, residency and fellowship programs are essential to our long-term success as leaders in academic medicine. As such, we embrace diversity as part of our commitment to excellence in our mission areas of patient care, research and education. The Department of Surgery strongly encourages applications from candidates from groups traditionally under-represented in medicine.
Please see the below list of initiatives our department has implemented recently in order to improve diversity, equity & inclusion:
- Creation of a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, led by Dr. Alyssa Vela and Dr. Juan Carlos Caicedo-Ramirez, and comprised of residents, fellows, faculty, and staff
- Implementation of a holistic recruitment application review process and interview format
- Cost coverage for residents’ SBAS, LSS, AWS & AOSA society memberships
- Increased Grand Rounds topics in these areas, such as Microaggressions Training and Simulation, Cultural Complications M&M, and more
- Implementation of a Non-Clinical Mentorship Program for residents, with mentorship topics such as financial planning, being a minority in surgery, leadership development, and family planning
- Participation and administration of SECOND Trial
Learn more about our diversity efforts at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.
Housestaff training through McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University provides diverse and challenging clinical experiences and world-class education located in the heart of the beautiful city of Chicago. Learn more via the links to the McGaw website below.
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Amy L. Halverson, MD
Interim Program DirectorLearn More
Dr. Amy Halverson is a colorectal surgeon at Northwestern Medicine as well as a professor of surgery and medical education at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Over the past ten years, Dr. Halverson has served as the Associate Clerkship Director, then Clerkship Director. Dr. Halverson has won numerous Department of Surgery teaching awards from Northwestern University, including the Department of Surgery “Teaching Wall of Fame.” Dr. Halverson is a recognized national leader in education. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators. Dr. Halverson is on the ACS Skills Committee and Chairs the ACS Board of Governors Committee on Continuing Education. Dr. Halverson is a strong resident champion; she is committed to enhancing the educational experience and wellbeing of the residents.
Dr. Halverson graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in philosophy where her studies focused on medical ethics. Dr. Halverson received her MD from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. Dr. Halverson completed a general surgery residency at The George Washington University and a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Halverson recently completed the Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Samuel Kim, MD, FACS
Associate Program DirectorLearn More
Dr. Samuel Kim is a general thoracic surgeon wiht experience in all aspects of general thoracic surgery with national level expertise on minimally invasive thoracic surgery including the robotic lobectomy/segmetectomy, robotic esophagectomy, robotic thymectomy, robot assisted operations for benign esophageal diseases, and trachea and airway surgeries.
He graduated from Johns Hopkins University with honors in Biophysics and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 1997 and then received his M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2002. He completed his residency in General Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in 2009 and residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 2012. Additionally, Dr. Kim completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Esophageal Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Mayo Clinic in 2010. Dr. Kim began his career on the faculty at University of Arizona in 2011 where he served as the Section Chief of Thoracic Surgery and was recruited to Northwestern in 2019 as the Director of Robotic Thoracic Surgery.
Derrick Christopher, MD, MBA
Associate Program DirectorLearn More
Dr. Derrick Christopher is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Transplantation Surgery. He completed his medical school training at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. Additionally, he earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management. He completed a general surgery residency at Vanderbilt University Hospital and a transplantation surgery fellowship at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Dr. Christopher’s clinical practice focuses on liver, kidney, and pancreas transplantation, living donor transplantation, and general surgery in patients with end-stage liver and kidney disease. He also serves as the medical director for the Northwestern Dialysis Access Surgery. He has a keen interest in surgical education for fellows, residents, and students and is heavily involved with them in his daily practice.
Yue-Yung Hu, MD
Associate Program DirectorLearn More
Starzl Academy for Physician-Scientist Training
Our General Surgery residents are highly encouraged but not mandated to complete one to three years of research following their PGY-3 year. We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and training to help our residents excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.VISIT STARZL ACADEMY SITE