General Surgery Residency

Karen KishProgram Director: Karen Kish, MD
Chair, Department of Surgery: Prashanth Ramachandra, MD

Program Overview

The fully-accredited General Surgery Residency Program at Mercy Catholic Medical Center (MCMC) is an integrated program that uses two distinctly different teaching facilities, Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia, for clinical rotations. With 7,400 operative cases performed each year, this volume and diversity ensures a wide range of clinical experience necessary for a broad education in general surgery.

Mercy Fitzgerald, located in Darby, Pa., is a 213-bed facility that primarily serves a suburban population. Approximately 4,700 operative cases are performed here each year.

Mercy Philadelphia, a 214-bed urban facility located in West Philadelphia, serves the acute care needs of an inner-city population. An additional 2,670 operative cases are performed here annually.

All general surgery patients admitted to MCMC are considered teaching patients. In total, the general surgery program consists of 13 residents with two chief residents in surgery graduating each year. Two categorical and three preliminary positions in surgery are offered at the Post Graduate Year -1 level.

Because the program only graduates two Chief Residents per year, individual attention to the educational needs of each resident is provided. Whether the resident’s career goals include the practice of general surgery or further fellowship training, the MCMC General Surgery Residency Program can provide a strong educational experience.

A great strength of the program is that all surgical specialties are incorporated into the Department of Surgery. Residents receive an integrated experience, learning to manage a broad variety of conditions that impact upon general surgery.

A rich variety of general surgery experience is available at MCMC, including:

  • gastrointestinal surgery
  • minimal access surgery
  • GI endoscopy
  • trauma surgery
  • oncologic surgery
  • thoracic surgery
  • vascular surgery

Experience in cardiac surgery is provided at MCMC. Additional training in pediatric surgery is provided by a rotation at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Experience in transplantation surgery is provided at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Surgical critical care and trauma surgery experience is obtained at the University of Pennsyvlania.

MCMC is affiliated with the Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM). Its students receive portions of their clinical training in surgery at MCMC. The affiliation with DUCOM also provides an opportunity for our surgical residents to teach.