Our department began training surgery residents over sixty years ago. Since its inception the program has focused on training excellent surgeons. Today about ninety percent of our graduates pursue fellowship training and about eighty percent remain directly or indirectly affiliated with an academic medical center. As such, we play a dual role: we prepare future academic surgeon-leaders and we also provide trained surgeons for the urban and rural communities of the Northwest. In part, this is a reflection of the role that the University of Washington School of Medicine plays. In 1971 the UW SOM created the WWAMI consortium, a unique venture partnering the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho, to emphasize a decentralized form of medical education. The University of Washington has been nominated the #1 primary care school by US World and News Report for over a decade and continues to supply the WWAMI region with physicians. On the other hand, the UW has been the largest recipient of NIH funding among all public schools in the US, and the second largest among all schools for many years. Thus, along with its social commitment to the region, UW excels as a research center.
Graduates of our surgical program that choose careers in academic medicine popualte all major US universities. Our department offers an exceptional program in all areas of clinical medicine and extraordinary opportunities for research. The clinical program is based at the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center (both owned and/or operated by the University of Washington), the Veterans Administration Health System of the Puget Sound, and Seattle Children's Hospital. Our residents also rotate through a private, community hospital at the R3 level.
The University of Washington Medical Center provides residents with training in complex gastrointestinal, endocrine, and oncologic surgery, and is the primary site for transplantation, thoracic, and cardiac surgery. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (owned and operated jointly by UW Medical Center and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center) provide the most up-to-date training in oncology.
Harborview Medical Center is the Northwest's premier trauma center and the only Level-1 trauma center in the WWAMI region. This ultra-modern facility provides residents with the unique opportunity to learn trauma care from the emergency room to the operating room, and manage patients in the surgical intensive care unit. Harborview also provides elective surgical care of all types to our underserved population. In addition, HMC has one of the world's best burn units, one of the world's top neurosurgical pavilions, and an outstanding plastic and reconstructive surgery center. Research facilities are second to none.
The Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System (VA Medical Center) is exclusively associated with the University of Washington. It comprises two major VA facilities, the Seattle VA and the American Lake VA. Both facilities treat the spectrum of surgical disease in adult and elderly veterans.
Seattle Children's Hospital is affiliated with the University of Washington and is staffed solely by surgeons who are full-time UW faculty. Children's offers an extraordinary opportunity for learning pediatric surgery.
We also have an association with the Everett Clinic/Providence-Everett Hospital that provides our residents with a taste of private practice.
These facilities are the practice sites for the various divisions within the surgery department- general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, pediatric surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, transplantation, trauma surgery, and vascular surgery. The modern Center for Videoendoscopic Surgery and the new Institute of Simulation and Interprofessional Studies allow residents to acquire basic skills and training in laparoscopic surgery through simulation.
In addition to our excellent clinical program, the department is well known for its basic laboratory investigation. I invite you to read the Department of Surgery Research Report. This report summarizes the extraordinary research activities of our faculty. The Department encourages the residents to pursue research in a variety of areas including health services research, communication, leadership and basic science. The department provides funding for those who are legitimately interested in research through the Schilling Research Fellowship which supports four 2-year fellowships for surgery residents. The University and its many laboratories enhances the Department's ability to set the necessary platform to succeed in research.
The educational mission of the department is to create surgeons who are clinically and technically superb, while emphasizing continued learning, ethical principles, service, interpersonal relationships and compassionate patient care. Our program director is supported by three assistant program directors (covering the other three major hospitals), a great faculty, along with a superb residency staff who are always ready to provide advice and support to our residents. Feel free to contact the program director, any one of the current residents in our program, or me.
Welcome to our web site. I hope you will consider our department for your training. I look forward to receiving your application.
Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI (Hon)
The Henry N. Harkins Professor and Chairman