The UK College of Medicine Department of Surgery regards its surgical education program as among its highest priorities.


Medical Students

The department’s goals are to provide educational services, implement and evaluate surgical procedure innovations, and conduct advanced research to continuously improve the quality of its graduate and undergraduate surgical education programs. The department promotes a positive learning environment for faculty, surgical residents, and medical students to thrive. The department of surgery coordinates undergraduate surgical medical education primarily through third- and fourth-year clerkships.

Surgical Residency and Fellowship

The department's preliminary surgery program offers one year of clinical surgical training to residents. They pursue further training in either a surgical subspecialty or non-surgical specialty. The program is ideal for those who choose careers in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology, or urology.

The residency program's curriculum provides broad-based experience in all surgical specialties, allowing first-year residents to observe the care and treatment of patients with a diverse array of conditions. The principles of patient preoperative and postoperative care serve as the basic curricula for the resident education program. Operative experience depends on the skills, abilities, and preferences of the resident. The program is available to residents who plan to continue their training at the UK Chandler Medical Center or at another institution.

The department's residency programs participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). All residencies are accredited by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Inabnet Honored as a Master Surgeon Educator by ACS

William B. Inabnet III, M.D., surgeon-in-chief at UK HealthCare and chair of the Department of Surgery in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, was one of the 65 esteemed surgeon educators inducted into the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators on Sept. 30.

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Medical Education

Surgery faculty members teach the third- and fourth-year medical school courses.

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Residency Programs

Residents learn alongside accomplished surgeons and leading researchers.

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Fellowship Programs

UK hosts fellowship programs covering a variety of specialties for advanced training.

Benefits for Resident and Fellows

The stipends and benefits package is managed by the UK Office of Graduate Medical Education.

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