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Preliminary Surgery Program


During the Preliminary Surgery Program, rotations are offered at two institutions: The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Approximately half the time is spent on various general surgical services. Surgical specialty and subspecialty rotations include our regional burn unit, cardiac surgery (intensive care), thoracic surgery, transplant, pediatric surgery, and plastics and reconstructive surgery. Rotations in the surgical intensive care units are offered during the first and second postgraduate years. During the first two postgraduate years, approximately 85 percent of the rotations are at Hopkins Hospital and 15 percent are at Johns Hopkins Bayview.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Johns Hopkins Hospital

The Johns Hopkins Hospital is a non-profit general hospital and the flagship of Johns Hopkins Medicine, an organization that brings together the faculty, physicians and scientists of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with the facilities and health professionals of The Johns Hopkins Health System. The Hospital has 1,039 acute-care beds and includes such renowned centers as the Brady Urological Institute, the Wilmer Eye Institute, the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center, and numerous buildings devoted to basic science and translational research are located on the East Baltimore campus.

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building houses the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, as well as medical and surgical pavilions. The building includes inpatient and outpatient surgical areas, 16 operating suites, a post-anesthesia unit, 72 surgical beds, as well as 20 intensive and intermediate care beds.

The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Bayview Medical Center

Founded in 1773, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center consists of a 331-bed community teaching hospital, including a 20-bed regional burn unit. Elder care services are offered in the nationally renowned Johns Hopkins Geriatrics Center, which provides residential and outpatient care, day care and house-call services.

The surgical services staff, under the direction of Dana K. Andersen, M.D., includes surgeons on the full-time faculty of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The general and specialty surgical services at Johns Hopkins Bayview are fully integrated with their Hopkins programs.

On-Call Schedule

In order to provide high-quality patient care, a member of the housestaff assigned to each surgical service remains available within the hospital. Postgraduate year 1 and 2 residents divide their, responsibilities, covering their respective services on an every third- to fourth-night schedule on most services. This system provides the best continuity of care while complying with the ACGME work hour restrictions.


All residents are appointed fellows of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and can take advantage of graduate student discounts on social activities and performing arts programs both on and off campus. Additional benefits include medical and dental care, disability and life insurance, liability insurance, lab coats and two weeks paid vacation for first year residents and additional time for second year residents. The stipend is competitive with other housestaff salaries in the region.

Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and Urology

Residents in the Neurological, Orthopedic Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Urology training programs spend between six months and one year in the Preliminary Surgery Program. They rotate through general surgery and surgical specialty services at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview. During their second postgraduate year, they begin training in their areas of interest.

International Medical Graduates

Medical graduates from international medical schools are encouraged to apply to the Preliminary Surgery Program. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine sponsors J-1 visas (only) for these positions for one to two years. Typical foreign graduates have been the best medical students from their countries and who wish to acquire experience in the United States.

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