Swedish Medical Center General Surgery Residency

Swedish Medical Center proudly began its General Surgery Residency in July 2015. As a community-based Level I Trauma Center with specialized resources and expertise, Swedish doctors address the most complex trauma. General surgery residents will learn from and train with the board-certified critical care trauma surgeons and general surgeons who provide the very best care in the region. For 2015 to present, the program is progressively adding 3 surgical residents each year until we attain a capacity of 15 residents. Only students who are willing to start at the PGY1 level are accepted into the 5-year residency program. We do not accept any residents who wish to transfer into the program, even if they are willing to repeat their first intern year.

Our mission is to mold competent, trained, general surgeons who can either immediately go into the community and practice immediately or pursue a fellowship for additional training.

About the Swedish Surgery Department

The Swedish surgery department is well-respected with exceptional patient outcomes and has enjoyed tremendous growth with an increase in volume during the last year. With 22 ORs, technology integration in four ORs and a newly remodeled surgery waiting room, our facility is superior for surgeons, patients and families.

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Required Educational Meetings

  • ED/Trauma CME Case Conference (6/year)
  • Critical Care CME Case Conference (6/year)
  • Trauma Peer Review (1/month)
  • GI Conference (1/week)
  • Trauma Services Mortality & Morbidity (1/month)

Other Educational Features

  • ATLS certification provided
  • Board review preparation
  • Journal club
  • Written evaluation of performance
  • Mock oral board exams
  • ABSITE through ABS yearly
  • Surgical text review 1.5 years (Sabiston)

Required Research

Residents must provide one peer-reviewed publication during residency

To apply for our residency program, you must complete an application in ERAS. To be considered for an interview for our program, your application in ERAS must be complete with the following documents:

  • ERAS application
  • Personal statement
  • Photo
  • CV
  • Medical school trasncripts
  • COMLEX scores (must be 525 or better)
  • USMLE scores (must be 230 or better
  • 3 letters of recommendation, two of which must regard a surgical rotation

As an ACGME accredited residency program, we will be participating in the ACGME match in 2018 and forward. We will consider both MD and DO candidates for our residency.

Audition rotations are permitted in the months of July through January. To apply for an audition rotation, please adhere to the application deadlines listed below. You must complete the audtiion application, provide your COMLEX and USMLE scores, and 1 SURGICAL letter of recommendation. See application for further details.

Application Deadlines:

  • To be considered for a July rotation, apply by April 3
  • To be considered for a August rotation, apply by May 1
  • To be considered for a September rotation, apply by June 1
  • To be considered for a October rotation, apply by July 5
  • To be considered for a November rotation, apply by August 1
  • To be considered for a December rotation, apply by September 5
  • To be considered for a January rotation, apply by October 3

Note: Fourth year medical students must also apply for an audition rotation through VSAS.


PGY1: Salary $50,500; 20 vacation days
PGY2: Salary $52,000; 20 vacation days
PGY3: Salary $53,500; 20 vacation days
PGY4 :Salary $55,000; 20 vacation days
PGY5: Salary $56,000; 20 vacation days


  • Educational stipend for each resident (amounts vary per PGY) paid twice a year. The stipend is to be used by the resident for professional fees, license fees, attendance and travel at conferences, and educational materials.
  • Computer system to document resident clinical logs
  • Library resources
  • Colorado Physician Health Program
  • Disability insurance
  • Health, dental and vision insurance
  • Leave for absence (sick, parental, educational)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • HCA 401(k)
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Life insurance
  • Professional liability insurance
  • Parking
  • Access to call room across the street from the hospital
  • Meals
  • Board examinations
  • ATLS certification

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