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Residency Overview

The Carle Foundation Hospital General Surgery Residency is a university-affiliated, large community hospital training program. Residents enjoy access to experienced, subspecialist faculty in a vibrant residency training system situated in a culturally diverse college town in the heart of Illinois. The General Surgery Residency Program celebrated its first graduates in 2015 and continues to flourish as it works in concert with the ground-breaking Carle-Illinois College of Medicine. As a small, cohesive group, our residents enjoy an atmosphere of comradery, as well as establish early professional relationships with attending faculty that permits for early autonomy. 

Program graduates have matched into competitive fellowships, and have begun promising careers as board-certified surgeons. Carle is dedicated to equipping its graduates with the skills and knowledge that will position them well to be leaders in surgery.

Program Mission

We educate compassionate, proficient and insightful physicians committed to evidence based patient care and the advancement of the art and science of surgery.

Program Vision

  • Teach the interested and committed physician to provide the highest quality of patient centered surgical care
  • Educate future surgeons to be community leaders and teachers with superior clinical and technical skills
  • Promote evidence based surgical practice and training to our residents
  • Foster and facilitate clinical research and quality improvement to advance excellent patient care
  • Advance the surgeon's understanding of healthcare systems, team based medical care and the impact of complexity on patient care

Educational Goals of the Program

  • Prepare General Surgery residents through specialized clinical, procedural and didactic training to manage a broad spectrum of surgical diseases, to enter practice without direct supervision, and to attain certification by the American Board of Surgery
  • Train surgical residents to become competent, confident, and compassionate surgeons who will deliver quality evidence based surgical care in a cost efficient manner
  • Prepare program graduates for a broad scope of career opportunities, including participation in local, regional and national health initiatives
  • Foster the development of ACGME/ABMS core competencies that embody professionalism, lifelong learning, personal growth and a commitment to compassionate care among students, residents and faculty within a supportive educational environment
  • Integrate student and resident education to promote the fundamentals of surgical practice, research and educational techniques