Curriculum & Schedule

The first year
  • General Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Anesthesia

The second year

  • Otolaryngology
  • Urological Surgery
  • Burn Rotation at The University of Wisconsin
  • General Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

The third year

  • General Surgery
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Endoscopy
  • Transplant Rotation at the University of Wisconsin
  • Electives such as Rural Surgery, Third World Rotation, Research, Plastic Surgery
The fourth year
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Endoscopy
  • General Surgery
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Electives such as Rural Surgery, Third World Rotation & Research
The fifth year
  • General Surgery
Specialty Services
Anesthesiology — Residents work individually with one of the department’s anesthesiologists to learn airway management, support of the anesthetized patient, regional anesthesia, respiratory care, and care of ICU patients. Challenging cases are discussed at monthly conferences.

Cardiothoracic Surgery — Residents work closely with cardiovascular surgeons on diagnostic evaluation of patients, interpreting results, and assisting at major operations. Residents gain maximum experience in cardiac surgery, thoracic and thoracoscopic surgery.

Endoscopy — Residents work with the gastroenterologists to learn the indications, complications, and techniques of colonoscopy and esophagogastroduodenoscopy, percutaneous endoscopic gastrectomy. The resident is also exposed to endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography and associated techniques.

Obstetrics and Gynecology — This busy service has more than 1,500 deliveries a year, offering residents opportunities to work with board certified obstetricians/gynecologists on a wide range of gynecological experiences.

Orthopaedic Surgery — Residents learn pre/post operative care of orthopaedic patients in the hospital/clinic and assist in surgery. Learning opportunities include working with orthopaedic surgeons in the management of fracture cases and non-traumatic conditions involving the musculoskeletal system.

Plastic Surgery — Attendings teach the essentials of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.

Urology — Through this service, residents work with board certified urologists; learn diagnosis and treatment of urological conditions; and gain an understanding of how urology works with other specialties.

Call Schedules, Vacation & Conference Time
Residents on the general surgery service are on call an average of every fifth night. The senior (fourth and fifth year) residents are on call for trauma admissions every fifth night. Each resident has two weekends off from hospital responsibility each month in addition to vacation and meeting times. Each resident has three weeks of paid vacation and one week of conference time. For more information, view our Benefits.

"It's a well rounded general surgery program. The staff really care about you and your family."
- Tom Blee, MD, Graduate, General Surgery Residency; General Surgeon, Red Wing, Minn.

"Gundersen Lutheran's program provides a solid foundation for each resident to pursue their dreams, whether it is a fellowship, private practice, or an academic career. There are no limitations!"
- Melanie Richards, MD, Graduate, General Surgery Residency;  Associate Professor of Surgery; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn

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