General Surgery Residency Program Strengths

General Surgery Residency Program StrengthsClinical Focus

The clinical exposure offered in Guthrie’s General Surgery Residency Program offers a greater depth and breadth than most general surgery training programs. General Surgery residents at Guthrie have the added benefit of gaining exposure to a wide array of subspecialty cases in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Gynecologic Surgery, Urology, Otolaryngology and Plastic Surgery. Residents receive direct attention and personalized instruction from the attending staff, participating in all aspects of care, including operative and postoperative care.


All the attending physicians at Guthrie have an active interest in clinical research and have published in major journals. Residents are encouraged to participate in clinical research programs and to present their results at local and national meetings. The Section of Surgical Research and the Guthrie Foundation for Education assists residents in the preparation of manuscripts and presentations.


The faculty of Guthrie’s General Surgery Residency program is committed to providing excellent education. All cases admitted to the surgical service area are teaching cases. The faculty are all full-time and on-site and devote a significant portion of their time to undergraduate and graduate medical teaching through rounds, conferences and in the operating room.

Surgical Skills Lab

The American College of Surgeons requires a curriculum based on a system of didactic and psychomotor skills training. Guthrie’s Surgical Skills Lab allows residents and surgeons to gain proficiency or master techniques in an environment outside of the operating room. In addition to hands-on training prior to an actual patient encounter, the skills lab offers lectures, laboratory sessions and scheduled training. The lab is open to any Guthrie physician.


Robert Packer Hospital is a sophisticated, regional, tertiary care center that receives many complex referrals. Its location in northeastern Pennsylvania is ideal for those interested in practicing in a rural setting, yet its status as an advanced care facility gives residents access to an extraordinary range of cases.

Electronic Health Record

Guthrie is connected by a fully integrated, electronic health record that helps ensure patient safety and contributes to more effective and efficient standard of patient care.