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Surgical Education

The training program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center produces the country's future surgical leaders. Clinical excellence is the foundation upon which that leadership is built, and our training programs endeavor to help young surgeons develop both technical and cognitive expertise. At all levels, the housestaff enjoy the training and practical experience in the preoperative, operative, and post-operative care of patients.

The Department of Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is one of the three major teaching and research units of Harvard Medical School's Department of Surgery. The program is non-pyramidal. The surgical housestaff is composed of 25 first-year residents, consisting of nine categorical (full five-year), and 16 preliminary residents (one- or two-year, depending on the requirements of their chosen speciality). All members of the housestaff hold academic appointments as Clinical Fellows in Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Our program emphasizes resident-faculty interaction for educational purposes. Upon completion of five years of surgical training, residents are eligible for the American Board of Surgery Examination. Outstanding speciality fellowships in plastic and reconstructive, cardiothoracic, pediatric, transplant, colorectal, and vascular and endovascular surgery are obtained routinely by our graduates. Graduates typically enjoy superb opportunities in either private or academic practice.

Click here to view our residency and fellowship programs.

Trainees at all levels will also have the opportunity to learn minimally invasive surgical techniques in BIDMC's Carl J. Shapiro Simulation and Skills Center, the first of its kind to be accredited in the nation.

Contact Information

Department of Surgery
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Lowry Medical Office Building
110 Francis Street, Suite 9B
Boston, MA 02215
617-632-9236
617-632-7424
surgedu@bidmc.harvard.edu