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Preliminary Surgery Program for Matched Residents

We have a number of tracks for preliminary residents who have matched into another area of surgery/medicine to commence following their year of general surgery. Each of these residents are assigned rotations required by their future programs.

For Residents Who Match into Other UW Programs

The majority of our preliminary residents have matched into the following subspecialty areas at UW: Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, and Urology. If you match into one of these 4 UW programs, a separate application for your preliminary year is NOT required.

If you match into another UW program (e.g. Anesthesiology, Radiology, ED Medicine, Ophthalmology, PM&R, etc) a separate application for your preliminary year IS required through ERAS. Residents coming from other areas of the country often want to move to Seattle once and get familiar with the hospital systems and people at the UW prior to starting their categorical residency program.

For Residents Who Match into Non-UW Programs

We are very pleased to train preliminary residents who match elsewhere (a separate application is required through ERAS). We've developed special program tracks for residents matching into Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Ophthalmology, PM&R, and Radiology. These preliminary programs were designed to create tracks that maximize the educational value of your preliminary year as it pertains to your future specialty. The strength of our preliminary program for these residents resides in our outstanding training in general surgery combined with the wonderful esprit d 'corps between the residents and faculty at the University of Washington.

Past residents have come from all over the U.S. and head to programs throughout the country. Most residents state that they were drawn to the idea of an 'adventure' in a world-class institution located in the beautiful region of the Pacific Northwest before settling down into their categorical program.