Training Future Surgical Leaders

The Department of Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a community of 170 clinical and research faculty, with more than 100 surgical residents and clinical fellows in our acclaimed training programs.

“Knowingly or unknowingly the young physician accepts responsibilities and obligations not equaled by those entering any other profession; responsibilities for the maintenance of high moral and ethical standards in his relation to his associates, to the public he serves, and to the community in which he lives.”

Leland McKittrick, MD (1893-1978)
Chief of Surgery, New England Deaconess Hospital
Chair, Council of Medical Education, AMA

The Department of Surgery's residency and fellowship programs produce the country's future surgical leaders. Clinical excellence is the foundation upon which that leadership is built, and our residency and fellowship programs endeavor to provide both extensive technical and cognitive expertise in a variety of settings of graded supervision. All members of the housestaff hold academic appointments as Clinical Fellows in Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Arle in OR

Undergraduate Medical Education

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a major teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School with the Department of Surgery serving as a primary site for the Core Surgical Clerkship for the school’s second year students. The department offers a wide variety of clinical and research electives, as well as advanced clinical sub-internships for students at Harvard Medical School, from across the nation and abroad. Undergraduate Medical Education in the Department of Surgery is led by Amy Evenson, MD, and Ben James, MD.

Graduate Medical Education

Our first Chair of Surgery, David Williams Cheever, MD (1831-1915), the son and grandson of physicians who trained under Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., was recognized as a superb surgeon and a devoted educator. In 1864 Dr. Cheever established the first competitive examination in Boston to select incoming interns or house surgeons from among the very best applicants for surgical training.

Surgery Residency Programs

BIDMC sponsors ACGME approved residencies in:

Surgery Fellowship Programs

BIDMC also sponsors approved surgical fellowships in the following areas:

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For more information about surgery training programs, please contact:

Department of Surgery
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Lowry Medical Office Building
110 Francis Street, Suite 9B
Boston, MA 02215