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

  2014-2019
Average
2020
Average
Skin, Soft Tissue & Breast 117 110
Head & Neck 84 68
Alimentary Tract 277 271
Abdomen 332 331
Liver 11 9
Pancreas 9 7
Vascular 145 141
Endocrine 29 24
Trauma-Operative 33 41.3
Trauma-Non-Operative 42 64
Thoracic 36 38.3
Pediatric 53 48
Plastic 33 30.8
Laparoscopy-Basic 213 222
Laparoscopy-Complex 69 101
Endoscopy 141 124
Upper Endoscopy 54 61.3
Colonoscopy 78 59
Total Major 1109 1047
Total Chief 265 240

*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

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House Staff Handbook for CAMC interns, residents and fellows.

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