General Surgery Residency

The Virginia Mason surgical residency is the oldest accredited surgical residency in the Pacific Northwest. It was founded in 1920 by James Tate Mason, MD, and John M. Blackford, MD, when Virginia Mason Clinic first opened its doors. Candidates who have completed the full program have been uniformly successful in gaining certification by the American Board of Surgery, and in developing active surgical practices or obtaining positions in advanced fellowships in surgery. In the past two decades, 52 percent of our graduating residents have entered practices in general surgery. The remainder have attained competitive fellowships in MIS, cardiac, HPB, pediatric, oncological, trauma/critical care, endocrine, burn and colorectal surgery, and subsequently entered practices in their respective fields. We have a long legacy of excellence in surgical training that continues to grow as the field of surgery evolves. 

Healthgrades: Virginia Mason Among Best For Gastrointestinal Care, Critical Care, General Surgery

Virginia Mason has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best™ hospitals for gastrointestinal care, general surgery and critical care. This is the fifth year in a row Virginia Mason has earned recognition as one of the 100 best hospitals for gastrointestinal care and the fourth year in a row it has been designated one of the best for general surgery and critical care.

Virginia Mason also earned five stars from Healthgrades for treatment of bowel obstruction for the 11th year in a row (2006-2016); treatment of gastrointestinal (GI) bleed for the seventh year in a row (2010-2016); esophageal/stomach and small intestine surgeries for the sixth year in a row (2011-2016); and colorectal surgeries for 2016.

America's 100 Best Gastrointestinal Care America's 100 Best General Surgery

Application Process

All application materials must be forwarded to us through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Once this process has been completed, your application will be reviewed. Inquiries regarding the surgical residency program at Virginia Mason should be directed to:
Lily Chang, MD, FACS
Program Director in General Surgery
Virginia Mason
Graduate Medical Education, H8-GME
925 Seneca Street
Seattle, WA 98101

  • General Surgery Positions Available
    • Interview Days: Applicants who are selected to interview with Virginia Mason will receive an invitation via ERAS, as applications are reviewed. The General Surgery Residency Program will be interviewing on the following days during the 2017-2018 interview season:

      Tuesdays, Nov. 14 and Dec. 5, 2017
      Wednesdays, Nov. 29, Dec. 15 and Dec. 20, 2017
      Fridays, Nov. 10, 2017 and Jan. 5, 2018

      Preliminary surgery interviews will be held on the following Tuesdays: Nov. 21 and Dec. 12, 2017, and Jan. 9, 2018
  • Clinical and Operative Experience
  • Chronology of the Residency Program
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