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List of Surgical Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

New doctors graduating from medical schools with Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degrees sometimes go directly into family practice. Most continue into residency programs, such as surgery, to become specialists. Choose the best surgical residency option for you with help from the following tips.

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Selecting a Surgical School or College

Surgeons are trained in surgical residencies, which typically take five years and offer training in several of surgery's many specialties. A surgeon may specialize in thoracic, orthopedic, pediatric, transplantation, neurosurgery, trauma, burn, cardiovascular, plastic and other areas of surgery. Surgery residents normally learn to perform several types and do hundreds of surgeries before sitting for the American Board of Surgery Qualifying Examination.

You may well know what sort of surgery you want to practice. All colleges of surgery do not offer all specialties, so pick some which have the ones you want. Skilled surgeons get that way through repetition. You want a school that provides the opportunity to do perhaps a thousand surgeries, many in your area of choice.

Most surgeons do research for one to three years of their residency. If you have a strong interest in answering a particular question, read faculty bios and research interests to find a good match. If practice is most important to you, choose a residency that does not emphasize research as much.

Graduating from a prestigious medical school and surgical residency may give you your pick of open positions when you are finished. Look at the school's national reputation, particularly in your field of interest.

Surgical residencies carry a salary and benefits. Compare these packages. Also look at where you will be living if accepted; do you like the area? These may be less important considerations than the preceding factors, but they certainly matter!

List of Largest Colleges and Schools by Student Enrollment

College/University Student Population Institution Type
Ohio State University-Main Campus 53,715 4-year, Public
University of Florida 51,474 4-year, Public
Michigan State University 46,510 4-year, Public
University of South Florida 46,189 4-year, Public
New York University 42,189 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 41,028 4-year, Public
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 39,675 4-year, Public
University of California-Los Angeles 38,220 4-year, Public
University of Arizona 38,057 4-year, Public
Temple University 35,490 4-year, Public
University of Southern California 33,747 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Virginia Commonwealth University 32,044 4-year, Public
Boston University 31,766 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Wayne State University 31,024 4-year, Public
University of California-Davis 30,568 4-year, Public
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis 30,300 4-year, Public
University of Missouri-Columbia 30,130 4-year, Public
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus 29,617 4-year, Public
University of Kansas 29,365 4-year, Public
West Virginia University 28,840 4-year, Public
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