Welcome from our Program Director

Christopher K. Senkowski, MD

Welcome to the General Surgery Residency Program at Mercer University School of Medicine and Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia.

We appreciate your interest in our training program. Our categorical five-year surgical residency program gives bright, highly motivated individuals the opportunity to acquire the full spectrum of surgical skills and knowledge necessary to become a competent general surgeon, whether destined for direct entry into practice or moving on to surgical subspecialty fellowship.

Graduates from our program have gone on to extraordinary clinical fellowships as well as into highly performing clinical practice. Our 30 faculty members are recognized experts in their fields of specialization.

The surgical program offers exceptional clinical opportunities in acute and outpatient settings. The program emphasizes early operative exposure and our graduates have some of the highest caseloads as operating surgeons. More than 1,000 operations are usually performed by each resident.

In evaluating our residents using the operative performance metrics, all of our residents are graduating with top operative abilities both in experience and in confidence.

As a tertiary care, university-based medical institution that serves 24 counties in Georgia and four counties in South Carolina (a landmass larger than the states of New Jersey and Connecticut combined), the Memorial Health University Medical Center's breadth of cases seen is unsurpassed.

Advanced minimally invasive procedures (liver, bariatric, pancreas), vascular interventional approaches, and exposure to robotic surgery are a few examples of the experience residents receive in our program.

At the completion of our residency training program, house officers gain in-depth experience in general surgery, trauma, plastic, surgical critical care, surgical oncology, endocrine surgery, vascular surgery, cardiothoracic, ENT, transplantation, MIS, and pediatric surgery.

Our didactic curriculum follows the national SCORE web-based program with strong faculty support. Monthly research conferences support our belief that research is an important part of surgical education. Our residents are expected to publish a peer-reviewed article before graduation and all of our residents present at regional and national meetings

In accordance with the ACGME’s core competencies, our curriculum reflects the best aspects of practice-based learning and improvement. Our teaching involves a significant degree of mentoring and preceptorship, allowing residents to work directly with a single faculty member. We urge you to strongly consider this unique mentorship environment and the degree to which our faculty can serve as a wonderful resource for career direction.

Thank you for your interest in our world-class surgical residency program. We are committed to providing a supportive learning environment with great attention to diversity and a learner-centered, evidence-based educational program.

Christopher K. Senkowski, MD
Professor and Chair
Program Director, General Surgery Residency
Department of Surgery