The General Surgery Program is administrated and supported by Jackson Health System in affiliation with the University of Miami. With more than 100 clinical faculty members, we provide care to a large volume and diverse group of patients including in our Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma center, our ABA- & ACS-accredited burn center, and the Miami Transplant Institute.

ACGME Accredited: Yes
Residents per year: Seven categorical
Duration: Five years without research; seven years with two years of research
Postgraduate Training Required: None
U.S. Citizenship Required: No

Teaching Hospitals

  • Sponsoring – Jackson Memorial Hospital/Jackson Health System
  • Affiliated – University of Miami Hospital & Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Affiliated – VA Medical Center Miami
  • Affiliated – Nicklaus Children’s Hospital/Miami Children’s Health System

Residents who have graduated our program in the last 3 years obtained fellowship positions at:

  • Emory University – vascular surgery fellowship
  • Stanford University – pediatric surgery fellowship
  • Duke University – plastic surgery fellowship, cardiothoracic surgery fellowship
  • Lahey Clinic Boston – plastic surgery fellowship
  • Cleveland Clinic – MIS fellowship
  • University of Maryland Shock Trauma – Trauma, ACS, Critical Care fellowship
  • Washington University St. Louis – pediatric surgery fellowship
  • Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital – pediatric surgery fellowship
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – surgical critical care
  • Jackson Memorial/University of Miami – cardiothoracic surgery fellowship, trauma/critical care

Please note our program complies with the NRMP (National Resident Matching Program) “All-In” Policy.

In order for your application to be considered for review we will be looking at USMLE Step 1 or 2 minimum score of 220 (3 digits), although this might change in the near future. Naturally this will not be the only qualifying criteria for an interview; the Program Director will look at the overall application to make that decision. All interviews are by invitation only.

Our institution only sponsors J1 visas. 
No postgraduate clinical experience is required.
As a Foreign Medical Graduate there is no special requirement other than the ECFMG certificate.
ECFMG certification (Step I, Step 2CS, & Step 2CK) is required prior to January 15.  All applicants who interviewed in our program must have completed Step 1, Step 2CS & Step 2CK in order to be considered for the ranking process.

The deadline to apply for a categorical position is November 30 and for a preliminary position is December 31.

Application Deadline
Categorical positions – November 30
Preliminary positions (PGY1 or PGY2) – December 31

In accordance with ACGME policies, the general surgery residency provides a five year clinical program of progressive responsibility in all aspects of general surgery. The residency is accredited for seven categorical general surgery residents per year; of these, three residents per class will pursue a two-year research sabbatical following PGY-2.

New interns are expected to enter the program already certified in BLS and ACLS which must be maintained throughout training. Residents will receive certification in ATLS and PALS prior to the end of the PGY-1 year. Prior to completion of the residency, all residents must pass the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) and Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES) curriculums in order to meet the standards of the American Board of Surgery for Board Eligibility.

The ABSITE is administered every year in January to all residents. To maintain good standing in the program, a resident must score >30th percentile on the ABSITE. Weekly faculty-led Basic Science Conference following the SCORE outline, department-wide Morbidity & Mortality Conference, and service-specific teaching complete the didactic curriculum. Upper level residents participate in twice yearly Mock Orals in preparation for board exams.

Rotations are subject to change depending on resident feedback, but the current schedule is:

University of Miami Hospital General/Vascular Surgery – Eight weeks
Jackson Memorial Hospital Surgical Oncology (EI) – Four weeks
Jackson Memorial Hospital Colorectal (EIII)- Four weeks
Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center (General/Vascular/CT) – Four weeks
Burn Surgery – Four weeks
Jackson Memorial Hospital SICU – Four weeks
Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami Hospital Plastic Surgery – Four weeks
Jackson Memorial Hospital Pediatric Surgery – Four weeks
BSI/Short Gut Service/Nutrition – Four weeks
Skills Lab (Open & Laparoscopic Techniques) – Four weeks
Surgical Pathology – Four weeks
Vacation – Four weeks

Jackson Memorial Hospital Trauma ICU – Six weeks
Niklaus Children’s Hospital (formerly Miami Children’s Hospital) – Six weeks
JMH Vascular Surgery – Six weeks
UMH SICU Nights – Six weeks
JMH Colorectal Surgery (EIII) – Six weeks
JMH Trauma Surgery (Green Service) – Six weeks
Endocrine Surgery – Six weeks
Miami VAMC 1 (General/Vascular) – Six weeks
Miami VAMC 2 (General/Vascular) – Six weeks
Laparoendoscopic Surgery (EIV) – Six weeks

JMH SICU – Seven weeks
UMH General/Vascular/Bariatric – Seven weeks
Vascular Access – Seven weeks
JMH Acute Care Surgery – Seven weeks
Thoracic Surgery – Seven weeks
Burn Surgery/Burn ICU – Seven weeks
JMH Senior in House (night float) – Seven weeks

JMH Trauma Surgery (Red Service) – Seven weeks
JMH Hepatobiliary-Pancreatic Surgery (EII) – Seven weeks
JMH Breast Oncology (EI) – Seven weeks
UMH General/Vascular – Seven weeks
JMH Transplant Surgery – Seven weeks
JMH Pediatric Surgery – Seven weeks
Vacation Coverage/Elective – Seven weeks

JMH Trauma Surgery (Green Service) – Seven weeks
JMH Surgical Oncology (EI) – Seven weeks
JMH Hepatobiliary-Pancreatic Surgery (EII) – Seven weeks
JMH Colorectal Surgery (EIII) – Seven weeks
JMH Vascular Surgery – Seven weeks
Miami VAMC General Surgery – Seven weeks
UMH General/Vascular – Seven weeks

Board Exam Requirements
Applicants are directed to the American Board of Surgery for board eligibility requirements:

Research is not required, but most residents participate in scholarly activities of some sort. In each class though, three out of seven residents will pursue a dedicated research sabbatical lasting two years. Those taking the research sabbatical do so after clinical PGY-2 and re-enter the program two years later as a clinical PGY-3.

Residents choosing to undertake the sabbatical typically do so to become more competitive for fellowships, to prepare for a career in academic surgery, or to delve further into areas of personal interest including global surgery or advanced degrees. Residents are expected to identify their own funding source, with most becoming employed by the University of Miami during their sabbatical. Our residents have proven very productive with invited book chapters and review articles, national presentations, and primary publications in both basic science and outcomes research.

Call schedules are dependent on rotation and PGY level. Interns currently work either day or night shifts with no call responsibility. PGY’s 2-5 take call dependent on rotation, with the major portion of night responsibilities at Jackson Memorial covered by the Senior in House (night float resident) or trauma teams.

Danny Sleeman, MD
Program Director

Gerd D. Pust, MD
Associate Program Director

Tanya Spencer
Program Coordinator

Daniel D. Yeh, MD
Associate Program Director
Director of Surgical Skills Lab

Tanya Spencer
Director of Programs

Phone: 305-585-1280
Fax: 305-585-6043