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

Surgeons are trained in surgical residencies, which typically take five years and offer training in several of surgery's many specialties. Surgery residents normally learn to perform several types and do hundreds of surgeries before sitting for the American Board of Surgery Qualifying Examination.

New doctors graduating from medical schools with Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degrees may go directly into family practice. However those interested in specializing in an area, such as surgery, continue into residency programs to become specialists.

10 Schools with Surgical Programs

The table below lists schools where aspiring surgeons may find surgical residency programs, as well as their locations.

College/University Location Institution Type Tuition (2015-2016)*
Ohio State University Columbus, OH 4-year, Public $11,560 (in-state)
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 4-year, Public $10,770 (in-state)
Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 4-year, Public $16,122 (in-state)
University of South Florida Tampa, FL 4-year, Public $8,350 (in-state)
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private $38,592
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public $20,638 (in-state)
University of Washington-Seattle Campus Seattle, WA 4-year, Public $15,207 (in-state)
University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Public $11,220 (in-state)
University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 4-year, Public $11,040 (in-state)
Temple University Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Public $15,354 (in-state)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for surgical schools:

  • Individual surgical colleges do not offer all specialties, so pick schools that have the specialty you want.
  • Most surgeons conduct research for one to three years of their residency; if practice is more important to you, choose a residency that does not heavily emphasize research.
  • Look at the school's national reputation, particularly in your field of interest.
  • Surgical residencies carry a salary and benefits, so compare packages.

Students who have M.D. or D.O. degrees have a few options to choose from when it comes to their future career. Those who wish to become surgeons must continue their education in a surgical residency program and specialize in that field.

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