Surgery Residency: Rotation Schedule

Significant Autonomy and Leadership Opportunities

52 weeks split across these areas:
Anesthesia Emergency Medicine General Surgery / Trauma Teams Neurological Surgery Plastic / Burn
Radiology SICU Urological Surgery
41.6 weeks 10.4 weeks
HCMC HCMC            
General Surgery / Trauma Teams Neurosurgery            
10.4 weeks 10.4 weeks 20.8 weeks 10.4 weeks
Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Mpls HCMC HCMC HCMC        
General Surgery Plastic / Burn Surgery SICU Vascular Access        
10.4 weeks 10.4 weeks 10.4 weeks 10.4 weeks 10.4 weeks
HCMC Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Mpls Children’s Health Center, Mpls HCMC & North Memorial Hospital, Mpls Fairview Southdale Hospital, Mpls      
Endoscopy / Research General Surgery Pediatric Surgery Thoracic Surgery Vascular Surgery      
5 rotations of 10.4 weeks each (52 weeks)


General Surgery / Trauma Teams              

About Our Rotations

From day one, our residents take an early and active role in patient care. Residents work with appropriate faculty supervision and obtain decision-making roles quickly. Rotations occur at HCMC and several private practice hospitals around Minneapolis, offering residents a well-rounded and diverse clinical experience with leading specialists.

In general, call is Q4 during PGY-1 and PGY-2, and Q5 starting PGY-3. Call is Q4 during the majority of rotations in PGY-5. There is no night float.


During the PGY-1 year, residents rotate in eight areas of study, with durations ranging from two to four weeks, to two months. Rotations emphasize general surgery, with an introduction to related fields such as emergency medicine, urology, anesthesia, radiology, and critical care. All rotations take place at the HCMC campus.


In PGY-2, residents assume the first point of contact for HCMC’s general surgery and neurosurgery services. Working with dedicated faculty, residents evaluate and assess all trauma and general surgery patients. Five rotations of 10-11 weeks each allow for greater continuity of care for surgical patients.


Working five rotations of 10-11 weeks each, residents gain experience in hospital, community, and private practice surgical settings. Residents assume the primary care of critically ill patients in general surgery, burns, trauma, and cardiovascular surgery. Rotations occur at HCMC, and Abbott Northwestern Hospital, a private practice hospital system in Minneapolis.


Residents experience a year of surgical subspecialties during PGY-4, with rotations at HCMC and four other Minneapolis-based hospitals. Five rotations of 10-11 weeks each cover general surgery, pediatrics, vascular, thoracic, and endoscopic procedures, with additional time for research and community rotations.

Hospital sites include:


During the final program year, residents assume primary management of our general surgery and trauma surgery teams. Residents gain additional experience in surgical oncology, transplants, colorectal, and bariatric surgery. Five rotations of 10-11 weeks each comprise PGY-5, with all rotations occurring at the main HCMC campus.