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General Surgery Program at Tripler Army Medical Center

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The Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) General Surgery Residency Program will provide the best overall training to those mature, professional and dedicated trainees who want to become the future surgical leaders in the U.S. Army and the nation. We will also emphasize the need for the military general surgeon to be capable in all areas of surgery, as our graduates will likely deploy to remote locations in austere conditions during their military career. The combination of clinical caseload (complex and high volume), structured academic program, multitude of research opportunities, and a committed faculty at TAMC will ensure that we achieve our goals.


In 1949, Tripler launched its resident and intern training program. The surgical residency training program at Tripler Army Hospital was accredited on May 24, 1958. The program initially was of four years’ duration, with the opportunity for a fifth year for one outstanding resident.

There were three residency slots for each year group and all residents were members of either the Regular Army or Regular Air Force. The program’s basic tenets are unchanged with formal meetings for Tumor Board, Morbidity and Mortality Conference, Grand Rounds, and Patient Care Conference. Residents were expected to develop their ability to teach, operate independently, as well as to participate in research opportunities for presentations and publications throughout each year.

Today, the residency program includes 6 years of training, 5 clinical years and 1 year dedicated to research between the 2nd and 3rd clinical years. Each year group has 4 residency slots to include a preselect urology resident the first 2 years. Academics are an integral part of our training program with each Wednesday dedicated to education with additional operative practice in our state of the art simulation center. A variety of rotations outside of Tripler supplement our case load and learning opportunities at military and civilian institutions.

The general surgery residency training program continues to grow and is quickly becoming the premier surgical training center of the U.S. Army.

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