We have a number of tracks for preliminary residents who have matched into another area of surgery/medicine to commence following their year of general surgery. Each of these residents are assigned rotations required by their future programs.
For Residents Who Match into Other UW Programs
The majority of our preliminary residents have matched into the following subspecialty areas at UW: Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, and Urology. If you match into one of these 4 UW programs, a separate application for your preliminary year is NOT required.
If you match into another UW program (e.g. Anesthesiology, Diagnostic or Interventional Radiology, ED Medicine, Ophthalmology, PM&R, etc) a separate application for your preliminary year is required through ERAS. Residents coming from other areas of the country often want to move to Seattle to get familiar with our hospital system and start developing relationships at the UW prior to starting their categorical residency program in order to maximize their training.
For Residents Who Match into Non-UW Programs
We are very pleased to train preliminary residents who match elsewhere (a separate application is required through ERAS). We’ve developed special program tracks for residents matching into Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Ophthalmology, PM&R, and Radiology/IR. These preliminary programs were designed to create tracks that maximize the educational value of your preliminary year as it pertains to your future specialty. The strength of our preliminary program for these residents resides in our outstanding training in general surgery combined with the wonderful esprit d ‘corps between the residents and faculty at the University of Washington.
Past residents have come from all over the U.S. and head to programs throughout the country. Most residents state that they were drawn to the idea of an ‘adventure’ in a world-class institution located in the beautiful region of the Pacific Northwest before settling down into their categorical program.