Introduction to Surgical Education

The University of Washington Department of Surgery:
Training Surgeons in the Pacific Northwest

The University of Washington began training sur­gery residents over 60 years ago. Since its in­ception in 1947, the program has focused on training excellent surgeons in the Pacific Northwest. Today approximately half of our graduates go into private practice and the remainder pursue careers in academic surgery. This reflects the unique partnership that was created in 1971 between the University of Washington School of Medicine and neighboring states, including Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho, called the WWAMI Consortium (Wyoming joined the consortium in 1996). The Department has a dual role to provide trained surgeons for the urban and rural communities of the Northwest and prepare future aca­demic surgeon-leaders. Graduates of the University of Washington surgical program that have chosen careers in academic surgery populate all major United States fellowship programs and universities. The Department and its affiliates offer an exceptional training program in all areas of surgery and extraordinary opportunities for clinical and basic science research. The clinical program is based at the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, and the Seattle Children’s Hospital. The educational mission of the Department is to create surgeons who are clinically and technically superb while emphasizing continued learning, ethical principles, service, interpersonal re­lationships, and compassionate patient care.