General Surgery

General Surgery

Program director:  James McCormick, DO
Accreditation:  ACGME
Program length:
   Preliminary:  1 year (PGY1)
   Categorical:  5 years (PGY1-PGY5)
Residents per year:
   Preliminary:  8 to 10
   Categorical:  6

About the Program
Application Information
Benefits and Stipends
Contact Us
Curriculum (Clinical, Training Sites, Didactic)
Medical Student Rotations
Residents (Current, Graduates)

About the Program


The primary goal of our General Surgery Residency Program is to prepare the resident to function as an independent and highly competent practitioner of surgery who will become board-certified in the specialty of surgery. 

Our categorical academic program is strongly weighted in clinical experience. Over the past 5 years, about two thirds of our graduates chose to enter a fellowship program and one third started to practice general surgery following their residency training.

Our organization and faculty strive to provide an outstanding training program and learning environment and we are proud that our graduates are prepared for leadership roles in high-quality academic and clinical programs across the nation.

To meet this goal, the guidelines provided by the Resident Review Committee for General Surgery are followed. All graduating residents must acquire the following six general competencies:

  • Patient care, including technical skill that is compassionate, appropriate and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health
  • Medical knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and social-behavioral sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care.
  • Practice-based learning and improvement that involves the constant investigation and evaluation of their own patient care and appraisal and assimilation of scientific evidence to continue to improve patient care throughout their entire professional careers
  • Interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange and collaboration with patients, their families and other health professionals
  • Professionalism as manifested through a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles and sensitivity to diverse patient populations
  • System-based practice as manifested by actions that demonstrate an awareness of a responsiveness to the larger context and system of healthcare and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value


The attainment of all six competencies and particularly patient care will be evaluated and closely monitored by the surgical staff for all residents at all levels through all rotations.

Clinical knowledge base will be evaluated on all rotations by resident performance under close faculty supervision.

Satisfactory attainment of formal medical knowledge competency may be demonstrated by either scoring at the 30th percentile or above on the yearly American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination (ABSITE) or by completing a formal remediation program and passing an additional examination.


Application Information


All applications must be completed and submitted using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Our General Surgery Residency Program Office will not accept paper applications. The deadline for applying to our General Surgery Residency Program is Dec. 1.

All of the following must be received by our General Surgery Residency Program Office for your application to be considered complete:

  • Completed application from ERAS
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official medical school transcript
  • Dean's letter
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one must be general surgery)
  • USMLE Board scores, including Step 1 and Step 2 (both CK and CS). Note: Any applicant who has not passed United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 AND Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge [CK] and Clinical Skills [CS]) by the time the rank list is due will not be considered for ranking.


Foreign medical school graduates must in addition:

  • Submit with the application a copy of current and valid ECFMG certification (there is no minimum required score)
  • Provide evidence of a current and valid English qualifying examination 
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from individuals in the United States
  • Hold a J-1 visa - we do not sponsor the H-1B visa
  • Have a graduate license for training in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Contact the Graduate Medical Education Office at 412.359.3166 with any questions.


Osteopathic medical school graduates must in addition:

  • Submit proof of completion of a 1-year rotating internship or, if your internship is still in progress, a letter from your current rotating internship director that states your status in the program and the anticipated completion date. This internship year is required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine to obtain an unrestricted license.
  • In lieu of or in addition to the USMLE, a copy of COMLEX Level 1 and Level 2 CE and PE are required.
  • Have a graduate license for training in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Contact our Graduate Medical Education Office at 412.359.3166 with any questions.



Our Admissions Committee reviews applications and applies the specific criteria that we use for granting interviews.

Personal interviews are by invitation only and are required for acceptance to our program.


Contact Us


General Surgery Residency Program

Theresa Fisher, Program Coordinator

Mailing address:
   Allegheny General Hospital
   3rd floor South Tower
   320 East North Avenue
   Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Phone:  412.359.3269

Fax: 412.359.3212



Medical Students


A fourth-year medical school rotation through our General Surgery Department or subspecialty elective is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please contact us.