Welcome to the General Surgery Residency Program

We are a diverse and clinically busy department.


2020-2021 gs Resident posterOur residency program focuses on a strong clinical experience with an emphasis on evidence-based medicine.

VCU Health is a regional leader in surgical care, and the backbone of this care are our faculty and residents. Our faculty are excited to mentor and train our residents.

We have a robust didactic curriculum, featuring protected time on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for resident-led didactics, resident case conferences, and Grand Rounds. Faculty moderators are also present. Continuing this academic year is a Thursday evening Chief Resident-led review focusing on in-service and board exam training. During their time, residents also participate in a well-developed simulation curriculum at the School of Medicine Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety. In addition, residents have the option to spend one or two years in a research lab while here. Our focus is to develop our residents into competent and confident surgeons, and position them to achieve their professional goals. Included on this website is information about our current residents and post-residency positions. (download Resident Poster)

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Clinical Experience

Residents spend the bulk of their experience at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia.

Residents also have clinical rotations at the nearby McGuire VA Medical Center which is an integrated institution providing rotations in general surgery, vascular surgery, and cardiothoracic surgery. Rotations are also offered at St Mary’s Hospital in Richmond and at Winchester Medical Center.

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General Surgery Residency Program

Live. Learn. Engage. Experience.

The General Surgery Residency Program delivers a strong clinical experience with an emphasis on evidence-based medicine. We are a premier training program, that offers residents opportunities for a wide variety of operative experiences. This video shares the personal experiences of our residents and the training facilities available.

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Research & Conferences

Resident Research

After the PGY-2 year, residents have the option of pursuing two years in basic science, global health, or quality improvement research. Dedicated time for research is dependent on a solid research plan, funding, and resident complement. Residents who do not take out dedicated time for research also engage in research projects throughout the year. 

Research Residents


Each division has its own weekly conference where cases are reviewed. Divisional conferences also focus on education and quality assurance.

Resident core didactic teaching is held from 7:10–7:50 am on Tuesday mornings, using the SCORE curriculum. This is resident-led, dedicated to basic science, and teleconferenced to the Winchester and VA sites. The resident case conference (M&M) and Grand Rounds are held from 7:00–8:30 am on Thursdays.

Following Thursday's conference, Program Leadership holds a class meeting where issues can be discussed bi-directionally.

Chief review is held 6:00–7:00 pm on Thursday nights. The conference is run by the chief residents and focuses on ABSITE review, SESAP review, and oral board review.

In response to COVID-19 all out of town conferences are now virtual.

Resident Honors, Awards, & Publications

Living in RVA

Richmond, Virginia, combines the amenities of a major metropolitan area with the charm and convenience of a small, historic city.

Virginia Commonwealth University's location, smack in the middle of Virginia's capital city, allows the VCU community to draw on every facet of the metropolitan environment to sculpt their VCU experience.

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Thank you for your interest in the General Surgery Residency Program at VCU Health. All applications and supporting materials must be submitted through the ERAS system by October 21, 2020. For more information on our application and interview process, please select a topic below.

Resident Diversity

Our commitment to diversity

Diversity at VCU School of Medicine is a commitment and ongoing process of inclusion with special attention to characteristics such as gender, age, religion, disabilities, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity and geographic region.

Meet our current residents

From the Program Director

From the Director

From the Program Director

"VCU Medical Center is a regional leader in surgical care, and the backbone of this care is our faculty and residents. Our faculty are excited to develop our residents into competent and confident surgeons and get them in a position where they can achieve their dreams."

Rahul J. Anand, M.D.
Program Director, VCU General Surgery Residency 

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Contact Us

Rahul J. Anand, M.D.
Program Director

Patricia Lange, M.D.
Associate Program Director 

Levi Procter, M.D.
Associate Program Director

Nicole Wieghard, MD
Associate Program Director

Evan Ward
Residency Program Coordinator
(804) 628-9789


Office location
West Hospital
16th Floor, East Wing

Mailing address
Box 980135
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0135
Phone: (804) 628-9789
Fax: (804) 828-5595