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Pathway Director

Michael Weingarten, M.D. Office #
msw34@drexel.edu (215)762-7008

Drexel Fourth Year Discipline Based Pathway System

Pathway Director's Advice On Commonly Asked Questions

What can students do in the 1st and 2nd years to explore and/or prepare for this career?

Shadowing, do well in Step 1 and Step 2

How important is it for a student to have completed some type of research to match in this specialty? When should the research be done? Does it have to be specialty specific?

Not a requirement, but it is helpful. It should be done with the student actually has the time to do it meaningfully.

Are research opportunities available in your department?


Are shadowing opportunities available?


Are away rotations essential to a successful match in your specialty?

Yes- the student with good letters from outside programs is more competitive.

How would you describe the career-life balance for this specialty?

Career life balance can be difficult -requirements are supportive spouse and colleagues who work well together.

What are the most important qualities or character traits for a person in this field?

Hardworking, compulsive, dedication to your patients.

What resources (eg websites, books, professional groups) would you recommend for students interested in learning more about this field?

ACS website.

Advice from Pathway Director

Students hoping to match in a General Surgery Residency would be advised not to do a Sub-I in Plastics and CT surgery - Plastics is a separate match and ST surgery is evolving into a separate match.

Drexel and Clinical Site Residency Programs

Drexel Medical Student Interest Group

Surgery Interest Group: ducomsig@gmail.com

Specialty Description

A general surgeon has expertise in the diagnosis and care of patients with diseases and disorders affecting the abdomen, digestive tract, endocrine system, breast, skin, and blood vessels. A general surgeon is also trained in the care of pediatric and cancer patients and in the treatment of patients who are injured or critically ill. Common problems treated by general surgeons include hernias, breast tumors, gallstones, appendicitis, pancreatitis, bowel obstructions, colon inflammation, and colon cancer. General surgeons increasingly provide care through the use of minimally invasive and endoscopic techniques. (Source: The American Board of Medical Specialties. Guide to Physician Specialties. Evanston, IL: American Board of Medical Specialties; February 2008.)

Time Requirement

See ACGME for current requirements: http://www.acgme.org/acWebsite/home/home.asp
The residency for general surgery is five years. Up to 2 years of additional training is required to practice in one of the subspecialty areas.

National Organizations

The national specialty organizations can provide medical students with excellent resources as well as updates on current activities within the field, conferences, and on-going research opportunities and research funding.


Residency Application and Match Info*

  National Statistic DUCoM
Average Application Count by Specialty (2017)** 39 43.3
Mean Number of programs ranked in matched specialty (2014-2016)*** 12.1 15.3
Application Services ERAS  
Matching Program

Drexel Match Data -- 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017

*The number of applications and programs ranked will vary based on many factors. Students should seek advice from their Pathway Advisor and/or their Student Affairs Career Advisor in conjunction with the data above.
**Data drawn from ERAS data
*** Data drawn from NRMP Characterstics of Matched Seniors

AAMC - Careers in Medicine

General Information:Careers in Medicine
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Specialty Specific Opportunities

For external research, volunteering, educational, and other opportunities check the Career Development Center's pages on Research and Community, Educational, and Externship Opportunities. Most of these opportunities are summer programs however some are available throughout the year.