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Department of Surgery

Department of Surgery

Message from the Program Director


Joseph Galante, M.D.UC Davis General Surgery Residency Program is designed to train the best clinical surgeons and leaders. We achieve this in three ways.

The first is our diversity of clinical training. The centerpiece of the program is UC Davis Medical Center, a tertiary referral center for Northern California. The surgical care at the university includes trauma, acute care surgery, surgical critical care, vascular, surgical oncology, transplant, pediatric, burns and general surgery, including minimally invasive, bariatrics and robotic.  The clinical experience at the University is augmented by our robust outside rotations in all clinical settings (private practice, HMO, military, VA, and charitable care). We understand that general surgery is shifting toward more subspecialization. To train our residents in this environment we have developed flexible training tracks in the final years of training to refocus clinical training into the resident’s area of future specialization

Second is the research excellence at UC Davis and within the Department of Surgery. Cutting edge surgical research augments the clinical aspects of our training program. Many of the faculty in the department are funded and welcome resident participation in their research. Residents are able to take advantage of the Center for Regenerative Medicine, the Vet School at UC Davis, the Clinical Investigation Facility at Travis AFB, and the Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research.  Projects encompassing both clinical and basic science research designed to better prepare our residents for fellowships, academic or private practice.

Finally, the educational environment at UC Davis is conducive to resident education. Our strength is our residents, who understand team work and are dedicated to patient care and our faculty who are committed to training residents and being role models for future surgeons.

We augment our educational environment by providing specific training to our residents in the basics of adult education. We conduct a “Teach the Teachers” course to both our residents and faculty.

At UC Davis General Surgery Residency Program, our goal is to provide you with the surgical training at the bedside, in the operating room and in the research laboratory to achieve your goals and become leaders in whatever career path you choose

Thank you,

Joseph Galante, M.D.
Vice Chair for Education
General Surgery Residency Program Director