Welcome to the Online Guide to Choosing a Surgical Residency developed by the Committee on Medical Student Education. Although this section of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) website provides comprehensive information and links to other sites that might be helpful to students of any age considering a career in surgery, it has been targeted to the specific interests of medical students who are interested in pursuing a surgical residency.
The Online Guide includes information about surgery and surgical specialties as a career. Not only does this guide outline what the specialty entails as far as a career path; it covers what the implications are for your personal life as well. Whenever possible, we have included data to back up our perceptions. For medical students, we provide suggestions for electives, important activities to participate in during medical school, information on suggested readings, and other resources. You will also find a list of frequently asked questions, and a section on how to get involved in organized medicine in general, and the ACS in particular. We provide guidelines on how to establish a surgery interest group.
Choosing a residency program is always a topic of discussion for third and fourth year medical students. Visit our section on the topic to get tips from the actual programs. We also have a section on preparing a personal statement and how to ace your interview.
Finally, visit the section entitled "So, You Want to Be a Surgeon...a Medical Student's Guide to Surgical Residencies," an online database developed to help medical students find and match with the best possible surgical residency.