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.
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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