Program Director's Message

Welcome to the University of Minnesota's Department of Surgery

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We have a rich history of training academic surgeons and this continues today. Inside these pages you will find detailed information about our fully accredited program and the interview process. In this program, we are committed to the development of each resident intellectually and professionally. In addition to a program that affords early operative experience, we have a dedicated curriculum aimed at providing you with the tools to excel such that you are prepared for the next phase of your career. Our graduates are highly sought out upon completion of their residency training, and go on to the most prestigious fellowships in the country. We are extremely proud of our program and within these newly designed web pages, you will see why candidates seek our highly competitive residency positions.

We take seven categorical residents per year through The Match including six traditional and one designated rural resident, and routinely fill our program within the top 20 of our ranking. I would encourage you to spend some time looking through all the features of our program through the website and explore the details of the department through the other sections of our department website.

Now we have a new rural surgical training opportunity based at Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, MN.  After completing the first three years in the Twin Cities, residents in the rural track will spend their fourth and fifth year in a structured environment focused on developing the clinical, surgical and health care management skills needed to practice in a rural environment.

Thank you for exploring our program and we hope you highly consider us as you prepare for the upcoming interview season. Further, if you have specific questions, do not hesitate to contact me, the Program Director, Dr. Melissa Brunsvold, or our Residency Program Administrator, Mrs. Jessica Andersen.

Melissa E. Brunsvold, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Program Director, General Surgery Residency
Associate Professor
Department of Surgery