Message from the Program Director

The University of Arizona General Surgery Residency Training Program is a 5-year, fully-accredited program through the ACGME.  Our commitment is to train young surgeons to a high level of competency in clinical and academic surgery and to guide them into becoming professional leaders within their fields of interest.

The major strength of our program is its flexibility. Our graduating chief residents match into coveted fellowships; some have pursued academic surgery, and others enter private practice. While research is not required, it is encouraged and available to any resident who desires to pursue additional dedicated research culminating in a masters or PhD degree.

We offer a PGY-2 surgery rotation in Tuba City, Arizona, where residents work with Native Americans, learning the challenges of healthcare delivery in a rural setting.

Our PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents rotate in Flagstaff, Arizona, serving more than 700,000 people in communities in northern Arizona.

We provide an international elective rotation at the PGY-4 level, providing our residents with greater responsibility outside of the United States.

Another strength in our program is the relationship between the residents and the faculty. We are all very committed to resident education and training. The faculty and residents work closely together to pursue a collegial and supportive environment.

We are extremely proud of our trainees. I can assure you that we will work together to help you as a resident of our program develop into a high caliber surgeon.  Thank you for your interest in our program.

Please do not hesitate to call our program office at 520-626-7747 with any questions.

Sincerely,

Valentine Nfonsam, MD, MS, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Department of Surgery
Program Director, General Surgery Residency