Community Memorial Health System, Where Excellence Begins With Caring
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Residency Program

General Surgery

Community Memorial Health System is proud to offer a broad-based, clinically focused residency program in general surgery. Our emphasis is on training academically strong surgeons with critical thinking skills and procedural expertise in caring for the diverse patients seen in the practice of general surgery. We focus on a range of general surgical procedures, including abdominal, endocrine, and breast surgery; robotic surgery and GI endoscopy. Our residents also gain experience in anesthesia, and plastic, vascular, and cardiothoracic surgery.

Our primarily MD faculty surgeons are from diverse backgrounds. Each resident will spend time with an individual surgeon or group on monthly rotations caring for their private patients and taking ER call, with increasing levels of independence and responsibility. The residents also staff General Surgery clinic under the supervision of attending faculty, providing continuity of care pre-, intra-, and postoperatively.

Our residency has initial accreditation with ACGME and AOA accreditation. We are a five year training program with the majority of time, including the entire 5th year, spent at CMH. We will send residents to affiliated institutions for rotations in trauma, pediatric surgery, and transplant. Our affiliations with Ventura County Medical Center as well as the surgical residency program at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital provide additional didactics.

Our goal is to shape general surgeons who  are expert in providing compassionate, up to date care; competent to handle the challenges of a career in General Surgery; and dedicated to the concept of lifelong learning. We hope that our residents become busy, actively-practicing board certified surgeons providing expert care within the community.

Gosta Iwasiuk, MD, F.A.C.S.
Program Director
General Surgery Residency

Any questions?
Please contact:

Michael Kreider
Program Coordinator
General Surgery
Department of GME
CMHS
147 N Brent St
Ventura, Ca 93003

805/652-5675