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The General Surgery Residency program at The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences is dedicated to providing a strong clinical training in the various aspects of general surgery in an academic and community setting.

We carefully consider the mechanics involved in the educational process while simultaneously strengthening a balance between our mission of excellence in patient care, research, and education. Residents receive a progressive education with increasing responsibilities in the broad field of general surgery. 

While the core of the program is designed to produce highly competent, clinical surgeons who are eligible for board certification in general surgery, this program allows for tailoring appropriate research experience for those individuals wishing to pursue academic careers or further fellowship training. The program recognizes that residency training is an active process in which each individual needs a sufficiently wide range of opportunity so that they might attain their highest potential. We provide a collegial atmosphere where students, residents, and faculty cooperate in the development of competent caring physicians.


Learn more about the program and hear from our residents about why they chose UToledo.


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: Graduate Medical Education at UToledo
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How to Apply

Our program accepts applications only via the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). For more information on How to Apply please follow the link.

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Located in the City of Toledo, the College of Medicine and Life Sciences has had a primary goal of providing high quality health care education since its doors first opened in 1964 (read more about its history here). It is the goal of the Department of Surgery to provide an excellent educational experience to its residents through comprehensive clinical exposure, research, and mentoring of academic and clinical physicians dedicated to their profession.

The Surgical Residency at the University of Toledo is a six-year program which includes one year of research which will prepare the trainee for board eligibility in general surgery. The residency prides itself in producing well-qualified surgeons in both decision making and technical skills who are able to pursue a career in an academic or community setting. Training is based on the core competencies of graduate medical education: Patient care; Medical Knowledge; Practice-Based Learning and Improvement; Interpersonal and Communication Skills; Professionalism; and Systems-Based Practice.

In May 2015, The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences announced a partnership with Toledo-based health system ProMedica. The 50-year affiliation between the College and the health system enriches the quality of medical education and expands clinical training capacity in Toledo. ProMedica Toledo and Toledo Children's Hospitals will be developed as a flagship academic medical center. This offers more opportunities for specialty training and education. Learn more about the affiliation. 

Program Highlights

Surgery photoResidents receive extensive experience in general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, peripheral vascular surgery, trauma, surgical critical care, and surgical oncology.

University of Toledo Medical CenterBroad clinical experiences are obtained at a number of hospitals throughout the region. A majority of the clinical experience is obtained at the ProMedica Toledo Hospital for different specialties, greatly enhancing and complementing their experience.

ProMedica Toledo HospitalThe Trauma Surgery experience is obtained at trauma centers certified Level I by the American College of Surgeons, including ProMedica Toledo Hospital and Grant Medical Center in Columbus.


Entrance to Dana Cancer CenterThe training in surgical oncology is outstanding with faculty experts in hepatobiliary surgery, recurrent colorectal cancer, sarcoma, melanoma, and breast cancer. Departmental research is available in the molecular biology of cancer and tumor-cell drug resistance. Several collaborative research projects are available with the Basic Science Departments.

Residents with Da VinciThe minimally invasive experience is provided by several expert faculty who perform procedures laparoscopically, robotically or with single access port including distal pancreatectomy, splenectomy, adrenalectomy, gastrectomy, cholecystectomy and colectomy.

Surgeon viewing a computer screenThe program provides an excellent experience in vascular surgery with attendings trained in advanced vascular procedures including endovascular surgery.


All general surgical residents receive basic life support, advanced cardiovascular life support, and advanced trauma life support training courses prior to the start of their residency. Graduates from our program have excelled both in academic as well as private practice.  The majority of our graduates go on fellowships (see Previous Graduates).

Simulation Center

Simluation Center

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences supports a simulation lab for computerized laparoscopic simulation and training as well as real-time dry laparoscopic lab. As part of the curriculum, all residents are expected to pass the Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES) and Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) examinations. In addition, there is a wide experience in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, as well as robotic, within the program. Learn more.

Shawna Anning


Shawna Anning

Education Coordinator


Last Updated: 2/2/24