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General Surgery Residency

The General Surgery Residency Program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is designed to provide an organized educational program with guidance and supervision of residents, and to facilitate the personal and professional growth while ensuring safe and appropriate patient care. 

Our mission is to prepare residents to become qualified practitioners of surgery at the highest level. It is expected that our residents become specialist certified by the American Board of Surgery and future leaders in their communities. Our goal is to educate residents to improve the health and well-being of our local, as well as, our national and global communities by fostering integrated, collaborative and inclusive education, research, clinical care and public service.

Alexander Feliz, MD

It is with great humility that I take on the honor and responsibility as program director for the General Surgery Residency Program at UTHSC beginning December 2018. This program graduated its first resident in 1919. We have grown significantly and have trained more than 1,100 graduates. We offer eight categorical positions per year providing an opportunity to learn the practice of surgery in diverse hospital environments in a historic and diverse city.

Our education is centered on the campus of UTHSC. Our residents learn and care for patients at affiliated hospitals: Regional One Health, Memphis Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Methodist University Hospital, Baptist Memorial Hospital and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. The services at each hospital range from large multidisciplinary teams to individual residents with specific surgical attendings.

The program offers ample optional clinical and basic science research opportunities in a variety of subspecialties. There are opportunities on campus in General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Trauma and Transplantation. A Master of Science in Epidemiology is also offered by the Department of Preventative Medicine at UTHSC.

I look forward to further building upon the great legacy of surgical education at UTHSC and advancing our departments greatest mission.

—Alexander Feliz, MD


Travel Request (TR)

  • Complete Travel Request form (TR)
    • Include Personnel Number on TR (located on UT ID badge under your picture - include on TR)
  • Maximum reimbursement is $2,000
  • Add a Delegate in Concur
  • Items needed before submitting TR
    • Visit the conference website and print program, registration and hotel information (must include conference hotel and room rates)
    • Original presentation submission with ALL authors listed
    • Presentation acceptance letter
  • Submit Travel Request form and all requested documentation to Lead Residency Coordinator for Program Director’s approval

Travel Reimbursement

  • All receipts must be submitted within 30 days of travel
  • Ground transportation (Lyft, Taxi, Uber, etc.) ~ Indicate on the receipt or on separate paper the from and to locations (from airport to hotel or from hotel to airport, etc.)
  • In accordance with Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-7-130, airfare reimbursement is limited to economy fare. Economy refers to any class that is not business or first class. Employees may purchase business or first class fare but will be
    reimbursed the cost of economy fare. In such cases, the employee must provide supporting documentation for the cost of the standard economy fare by obtaining a Comparison Quote of the price difference from the same source, using the same carrier, and on the same day the employee purchased the original ticket.
    • If an economy fare is not available, the employee should purchase the ticket through World Travel Services Inc, who will document the lowest cost fare available, and the employee will be reimbursed the amount of such fare.
    • When purchasing a "premium economy ticket" "business select" or "premium select," employees should consult with World Travel Services Inc. because some of the airlines classify these as business or first class fares.

Please do not plan travel until TR is approved.

Class Representative
PGY-1 Logan Meyer, MD
PGY-2 Linnea Cripe, MD
PGY-3 Megan Gross, MD
PGY-4 Emma Kelly, MD
  • Leah Hendrick, MD
  • Denise Wong, MD

2022-2023 Schedules


Basic Science

  • Based on SCORE and ACS curriculum.
  • Audience response multiple choice questions.
  • "Mock orals" review at the end of each module.

Morbidity and Mortality Conference

  • All cases submitted for review.
  • Morbidities and mortalities and interesting/unusual cases discussed.
  • Topics distributed on Sunday for Weds conference.

Grand Rounds

  • Topics presented by faculty, chief residents and visiting faculty.

Journal Club

  • Monthly meeting with articles chosen by various faculty members for discussion.

Intern School

  • Weekly meeting with PGY-1 residents to cover various patient care topics and skills lab.

Skills Lab

  • Based on the ACS and FLS skills. Level appropriate labs for PGY 1-5 residents.
  • Airway and central line skills labs early in 1st year
  • Suture skills kits for each PGY-1 resident
  • The UTHSC library offers 24 hour electronic access to multiple sources, including PubMed, MEDLINE @ Ovid, MD Consult, and Micromedex, as well as E-books and E-journals.
  • The Department of Surgery provides a $200 book stipend annually.
  • The Harwell Wilson Surgical Society Surgical Resident Support Fund provides grants to residents for books and loupes.
  • Each resident has a subscription to the SCORE website with textbook access, journal and atlas access. There are videos and multiple choice practice questions. The ACS curriculum is accessed through this website. New features are added regularly.
  • Each PGY-1 resident has the Fundamentals of Surgery Curriculum program with virtual patients and case scenarios.
  • Each PGY-5 resident is funded to attend a national meeting.

Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation (CHIP)

Skills and Simulations are a part of the curriculum for each PGY, 1-5. 

Alexander Feliz, MD
Program Director
Department of Surgery
910 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor
Memphis, TN 38163
P: 901.448.7635
F: 901.448.7306

Cynthia Tooley
Residency Coordinator
Department of Surgery
910 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor
Memphis, TN 38163

Residency Program Anonymous/Confidential Reporting Form

Oct 25, 2022