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"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential" - Winston Churchill

The General Surgery Residency at Eisenhower Army Medical Center is accredited by the American Council on Graduate Medical Education to provide five clinical years of quality surgical training to three graduating residents per year with an additional required dedicated research year. The vision of the Program is to develop, nurture, train, and sustain outstanding general surgeons who will excel at and derive satisfaction by providing compassionate surgical care in all locations at any time regardless of available resources. The strategic goal of the Program is to develop and train safe, independent practitioners of the art and science of surgery who are competent in the core competencies of patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning, interpersonal and communications skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice. Each resident must develop a disciplined commitment toward life-long learning. This Program prepares graduates for the independent practice of General Surgery or the pursuit of subspecialty training.

Surgical training is challenging. Each resident must balance clinical, academic, administrative, research, and military obligations in the work place. Additionally, personal relationships and outside interests must be fostered and nurtured. It is this balance that will enable the individual to succeed no matter how difficult the training.

General surgery residency training should be viewed more as a journey towards a lifetime of learning, not a short period of suffering to be endured and then forgotten. The Program provides the education, the research facilities, and the surgical staff to support that journey. The General Surgery Residency program at Eisenhower Army Medical Center has a proud tradition of training some of the Army’s finest General Surgeons, some of whom continue to serve the military, and others who have gone on to serve to the community and the country in high level health care positions. It is in their footsteps that your journey begins; where that journey leads is up to you.

Cletus A. Arciero, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Program Director, General Surgery