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The Department of Surgery offers a five-year Categorical General Surgery Residency Program. Appointments to the program are made through the National Resident Matching Program. The Residency Program is under the direction of Edward D. Kreske, M.D.

Approximately 11212 operative procedures are performed annually at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, which include 2177 general surgery operations. There is extensive experience with trauma victims as well as peripheral vascular and cardiac surgery patients. Over 32363 patients are discharged annually.

All residents gain operative experience in the Ambulatory Surgery Facility (ASF) where 7408 cases are done annually of which 1885 are general surgery procedures. These patients have surgical procedures not requiring lengthy post-operative observation and skilled care.

To compliment inpatient activities, outpatient clinic practice experience is achieved in two ways (1) private office clinic practice in faculty offices located attached to the hospital, and (2) the Academic Surgery Program (ASP) clinic office.

ASP is similar to a group surgical practice with residents caring for their patients under the supervision of the Program Director and other surgery faculty. Residents see their own patients in the ASP clinic office and provide primary surgical care as needed including ASF or hospital operative procedures with follow-up care in the ASP clinic office.