General Surgery

Dr Bently

Our residency program is led by Frederick R. Bentley, M.D.

The General Surgery Residency Program is an ACGME-approved clinical program encompassing 60-months of clinical training in general surgery and the surgical subspecialties, didactic discussions of current surgical literature and practice, as well as a surgical skills training. A twelve- to twenty-four-month experience in basic, translational, or clinical research is available for those individuals who wish to examine a clinical problem in detail.

The goal of our residency program is to produce surgeons who possess the confidence, skill and experience necessary to succeed in whatever practice setting that they desire, whether private practice general surgery in a small community hospital or a surgical sub-specialist who practices in a large university hospital.

Our residency is characterized by:

  1. Involvement of our residents across the continuum of patient care;
  2. Graded responsibility and autonomy for patient care based upon the resident’s experience and knowledge;
  3. A curriculum that integrates programs of self-study, general and specialty surgical conferences, case-based learning modules, surgical skills laboratories, and assessment;
  4. Exposure to general and specialty surgical practices in academic and private practice settings in urban and rural environments; and
  5. A culture of inquiry, excellence, altruism, professionalism and integrity.


We take five categorical residents into our program each year. These individuals generally come from medical schools within the United States. The following map shows the locations of the medical schools from which our chief residents graduated.

Medical School Locations

Our residents generally finish our program having performed about 800 major operative procedures and 150 endoscopic procedures.  Upon completing our residency program, about 50% of our residents pursue further training in specialty surgical fellowships located throughout the United States.  Within the past several years our graduating chief residents have entered fellowship training programs in vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, breast surgery, surgical critical care and minimally invasive surgery. The following map shows the location of post-residency fellowship programs in wh ich our graduating chief residents have trained over the past 10 years.

Fellowship Locations

Over the past ten years, 50% of our residents have entered practice as general surgeons and 7% have pursued careers in academics.  The following map shows the current location of our graduating chief residents.

Current Practice Locations