Guthrie’s General Surgery Residency Mission Statement:

The mission of the Guthrie/Robert Packer Hospital's General Surgery Residency is to prepare the next generation of surgeons by promoting innovative, high-quality patient care and to work within the communities we serve and live, by helping individuals attain optimal, life-long health and well-being. We will do so by providing integrated, clinically advanced services that prevent, diagnose, and treat disease, within an environment of compassion, learning, and discovery.

Guthrie’s General Surgery Residency Program Aims:

The primary aim of the Guthrie/Robert Packer Hospital's General Surgery Residency is to teach, train and inspire excellence in residents, with care and respect; preparing all to be exemplary surgeons and leaders in their communities.

The program strives to maintain the following values: To assist future surgeons in evolution of competencies and skills that promote advocacy of patients and quality initiatives; To encourage improvement of self-assessment processes that will sustain throughout their surgical career; To provide the skills and opportunities for development of excellent surgical practice; To advance the highest standards of competence and ethical behavior; To foster an environment supportive of personal values and individual diversity; To mentor trainees and produce a surgeon capable of a high level of performance who is certified by the American Board of Surgery.

Five Years of Dynamic Learning

The Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital General Surgery Residency Program is a comprehensive, five-year program designed to help medical students become competent, board-certified general surgeons who will be prepared to participate in rigorous fellowship programs and enjoy extraordinary careers as surgeons.

The program consists of eight first-year positions (four categorical and four preliminary), and four positions each subsequent year, including the chief resident year. Many Guthrie residents go on to complete fellowships and about a third pursue a career in private practice.

Guthrie surgery residents have the benefits of excellent quality medical training while working with some of the nation’s top subspecialists. Guthrie offers its surgical residents a unique combination of medical technology, professional expertise and individual attention.

The general surgery residency training program is designed to provide a broad based exposure in all traditional areas of general, trauma and vascular surgery. In addition, the program features opportunities to learn and master more recent techniques including advanced laparoscopic surgery, endovascular surgery and surgical ultrasound.

For more information contact the program's coordinator,
Laura Warner, at or 570-887-3585.