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An affiliate of University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, Metropolitan Group Hospitals Residency in General Surgery

NRMP code:

292018 (for Preliminary Program)
292019 (for Categorical Program)



Mission Statement

The Metropolitan Group Hospitals (MGH) Residency in General Surgery represents a unique approach to surgical training. Four excellent community teaching hospitals provide the setting for instruction. It is anchored by an academic affiliation with the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and an association with the University of Illinois Hospitals and Cook County Hospital. Because of its multi-hospital scope, the MGH Residency offers a broad base of clinical and operative experience. Residents have the rare opportunity of learning from a wide range of attending surgeons, benefiting from many perspectives on the art and science of surgery.

The principal goal of the MGH Residency is to produce surgeons competent to practice all components of general surgery, including head and neck, endocrine system, trauma, breast, alimentary tract, abdomen and abdominal viscera, vascular system, and skin and soft tissue. The program also provides extensive experience in endoscopic procedures, as well as exposure to many subspecialties, including transplantation surgery, critical care, thoracic, burn care, cardiovascular, plastic and pediatric surgery.

The four integrated MGH hospitals are Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago; Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge; Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago and Saint Francis Hospital of Evanston.


The Metropolitan Group Hospitals Residency in General Surgery is administered the Surgical Joint Conference Committee (SJCC). It is comprised of the chairpersons and directors of surgical education of the departments of surgery at the four MGH hospitals as well as the Chairman of the Department of Surgery of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The SJCC is responsible for planning educational programs, selection and assignment of residents, and the resident appraisal and evaluation. Administration of the program within each institution is the responsibility of that hospital's chairman of surgery and director of surgical education.

Program description

We offer:

  • Ethnically and socio-economically diverse patient population
  • Rigorous academic atmosphere - a broad experience in general surgery
  • Structured two- and five-year programs in evidence-based learning and research
  • Rotational opportunities offered throughout the four MGH integrated and two affiliated institutions
  • A wide variety of surgical experience of between 900 and 1,100 major operations per resident
  • Valuable Trauma/Surgical Critical Care experience at each MGH Hospital including a Critical Care/Trauma Fellowship at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Outpatient clinic experience at each institution
  • Educational allowance for books and conferences and paper presentations
  • Excellent support facilities including classrooms, libraries and media centers available at each MGH hospital
  • Salary and benefits
  • Housing on-campus

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