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General Surgery

General Surgery is one of the most demanding and rewarding specialties. The Surgeon's ability to treat patients with otherwise terminal diseases, and the hands-on, and often immediately gratifying nature of the field are frequently cited as the some of the greatest benefits of the profession. Although the operating room remains the primary venue of the Surgeon, pre- and post-operative care continues to be essential skills the Surgeon must master. With the explosion of medical technology, the Surgeon must also be able to analyze a wide array of imaging studies, as well as adapt to the latest minimally invasive techniques. General Surgery residencies are the path to follow for anyone interested in pursuing a career in General Surgery, or any of its sub-specialties, such as, Colorectal, pediatric, cardio-thoracic, vascular, transplant, trauma or surgical oncology. Please feel free to contact Dr. Cary Aarons ( or Dr. Carla Fisher (  with any further questions.

Highly recommended:

Clinical General Surgery or Clinical Surgical Preceptorship
Surgical Research
Surgical Oncology
Thoracic Surgery


Emergency Medicine
Surgical Pathology
Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, Oncology, Renal Disease, Pulmonary Medicine, Medicine Sub-Internship
Colorectal Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Vascular Surgery Cardiac Surgery, Otorhinolaryngology, Neurosurgery

To learn more about Penn's Department of Surgery visit their website at:

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