Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Kaweah Surgery Residency Program is to provide a broad-based
educational and clinical experience in the wider scope of the specialty,
to train compassionate, competent and professional general surgeons with
the skills and confidence needed to enter the unsupervised practice of
surgery in a community setting or to succeed in fellowship training in
a subspecialty area of surgery.
The program emphasizes the knowledge, skills and attitudes residents need
to work collaboratively in the healthcare delivery system and have a positive
impact on their patients’ lives and on their communities.
Kaweah Delta Surgery residency program received its initial accreditation
by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Surgery Residency
Review Committee on November 6, 2014, is on continued accreditation since
October 2016. The program is affiliated with University of Southern California,
Keck School of Medicine.
This five-year program offers three Categorical track positions. Two additional
Preliminary track positions are available.
Kaweah Delta Health Care District is the primary site of five other ACGME-accredited
residency programs in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Psychiatry,
Transitional, and Anesthesiology.
The Surgery Residency Program curriculum is designed and continuously reassessed
to provide a broad-based educational and clinical experience in the wider
scope of the specialty in order to prepare competent general surgeons
with the skills and confidence needed to enter independent practice.
The program's wealth of clinical material and robust Graduate Medical
Education support offer ample opportunities for clinical research, so
that the trainees can build the academic credentials needed to successfully
compete for further specialized training if they so choose.
The program faculty is eminently qualified in the various areas of general
surgery, and deeply committed to surgical education. An excellent core
physician faculty to resident ratio and a limited number of off-site rotations
during the junior years allow the program to tailor the didactic and clinical
experience to the need and interests of the individual residents, and
the program is well positioned to adapt to the evolving requirements of
general surgery training.
Together with the faculty, the residents who choose to train in the Kaweah
Surgery program have the opportunity and challenge to shape a residency
program as it continues to grow and improve over the years. In the process,
the residents learn to deliver safe, excellent, quality-driven, compassionate