General Surgery

General Surgery

We train general surgeons to be outstanding clinicians able to provide excellent surgical care and embark on independent practice in rural settings. Though our primary focus is training surgeons for practice in rural communities, our graduates will be well prepared to provide high quality care to patients anywhere.


To train rural surgeons who provide excellent surgical care.

Program Curriculum

The General Surgery program allows residents to experience a wide range of hands-on experience and training with rotations in general surgery to develop a diverse skill set in 12 different surgical fields.

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Training Sites

Residents primarily train at Sanford USD Medical Center's Surgical Tower. Residents also have the opportunity to train at community-based and federal hospital systems in Sioux Falls, Yankton, S.D. and the VA to prepare for their practice in rural general surgery.

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Life in Sioux Falls

Get to know the city of Sioux Falls, SD. Sioux Falls is the largest city in South Dakota. It has everything you want out of a big city but with a low cost of living and low crime rates. We hope you'll call it home as you continue your medical education (and who knows, maybe even longer!)

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Why Choose this Program

  • The strength of our program is readily apparent in the exceptional way our chief residents lead our surgical teams, operate, and take care of patients.

    Michael Burt
    Michael Burt, MD General Surgery Resident, Class of 2024 Meet Resident
  • We work hard and have each others’ backs here. It’s not easy, but it can’t be easy and also be General Surgery residency. If you put in the work and are a team player, you will graduate as a well-trained general surgeon with life-long colleagues and friends!

    Jesse Van Maanen
    Jesse Van Maanen, MD General Surgery Resident, Class of 2021 Meet Resident
  • As a recent graduate of the general surgery program, I found myself well prepared for my future endeavors. My surgical experience was expansive, and my family integrated well into the surrounding community. I am pleased to be returning as faculty.

    Benjamin Jorgensen
    Benjamin Jorgensen, MD Vascular Surgeon Meet Faculty Member

Virtual Visits

Our residents have guided our efforts to present our philosophy of education to you. We have always been told that the in-person visit “seals the deal” and we are hopeful that the “virtual visit” will accomplish the same goal this year.

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What's next?

We invite you to continue learning more about our General Surgery Residency Program!

  1. Discover the residency experience
  2. Get a feel for life in Sioux Falls
  3. Meet your co-residents
  4. View application requirements