The accredited surgical residency is jointly directed by West Virginia University/Charleston Division and Charleston Area Medical Center.

Located in West Virginia's capital city, the 956-bed tertiary care medical center is composed of four hospitals and draws patients from both urban and rural areas, offering our team a diversity hard to find elsewhere. Because CAMC's service area spans the southern half of the state, we provide a wide range of specialty services and draw a broad range of challenging referrals.

Comprehensive Clinical Training

The five-year non-pyramidal program is designed to produce a balanced general surgeon equally capable of practicing in academic or community hospital settings.

Training includes significant practice in trauma and critical care, vascular surgery and plastic surgery, surgical oncology and cardiothoracic surgery. Residents have additional training in robotic surgery, resulting in full credentialing by the end of the chief year. Trainees also gain significant experience in state of the art angiographic and interventional labs.

The average experience for chief residents completing the program is approximately 1,100 cases in five years-more than fulfilling the requirements of the American Board of Surgery in number, mixture and complexity. 

Operative Case Volumes

  2013-2018
Average
2019
Average
Skin, Soft Tissue & Breast 108 133
Head & Neck 87 69
Alimentary Tract 280 260
Abdomen 331 345
Liver 11 12
Pancreas 10 7
Vascular 140 160
Endocrine 31 22
Trauma-Operative 34 35
Trauma-Non-Operative 44 50
Thoracic 40 32
Pediatric 57 42
Plastic 28 67
Laparoscopy-Basic 212 218
Laparoscopy-Complex 62 105
Endoscopy 142 129
Upper Endoscopy 54 57
Colonoscopy 77 68
Total Major 1109 1108
Total Chief 264 277

*Case volume minimums increased from 750 to 850 for 2018 graduates

** Case volume minimums increased from 150 to 250 for 2018 graduates

Salary and Benefits

CAMC offers a comprehensive salary and benefit package for residents and fellows.

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How to Apply

Learn more about our application process for the General Surgery Residency Program.

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House Staff Handbook

House Staff Handbook for CAMC interns, residents and fellows.

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