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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 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, pediatric, cardio-thoracic, vascular, transplant, trauma or surgical oncology. Please feel free to contact Dr. Kelz ( 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
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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