Valley Health System General Surgery Residency Program in Las Vegas

A message from Saju Joseph, MD
Program Director, General Surgery
The Valley Health System GME Consortium

We are proud to announce the ACGME approval of the General Surgery Residency Program at The Valley Health System. The program has been approved for 28 total resident slots, which includes four categorical residents per year and eight preliminary resident slots. The inaugural class, starting in July 2019, will include those applicants who have applied using the ERAS application process and participated in the NRMP to match with our program.

Las Vegas represents a unique opportunity for training in the surgical profession. With over two million potential patients in Clark County and the surrounding areas, residents will be exposed to a broad range of pathology and one of the most robust operative experiences in the country. Surgeons in The Valley Health System perform over 50,000 surgical cases and over 8,000 endoscopic procedures per year.

Other highlights of the program include:

  • Residents will be involved in all aspects of patient care and in multiple settings, including opportunities to perform autopsies with the Clark County Coroner.
  • A comprehensive simulation curriculum will allow residents to train in a consequence-free environment and our inter-professional curriculum will prepare residents to work in complex healthcare teams.
  • Residents will have the opportunity to participate in scholarly research and will be given the opportunity to develop executive leadership skills through participation in hospital committees and Quality Improvement programs.
  • Our collaboration with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, will allow residents to experience a trauma rotation at the University Medical Center, the only Level 1 trauma center in Nevada. We have also collaborated with UCLA for resident rotations in Transplant and Hepatobiliary surgery.
  • Organ procurement in conjunction with the Nevada Donor Network.

It is our goal to provide an educational experience that prepares the residents at The Valley Health System to emerge as leaders in surgical excellence. Welcome to The Valley Health System General Surgery Residency Program.

How to Apply

Our Valley Health System General Surgery Residency Program offers preliminary and categorical training tracks which involve either one year or five years of training to complete. We participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), and do not accept any applicants outside of the NRMP Match. See the table below for program information.

State City Program Name ACGME ID Training Track NRMP No.
NV Las Vegas Valley Health System Program 4403100380 Categorical 2201440C0
NV Las Vegas Valley Health System Program 4403100380 Preliminary 2201440P0

Applications will only be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). We do not accept applications via FAX, email or postal services.

Information needed to apply includes:

  • ERAS Common Application Form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Dean’s letter (MSPE)
  • A minimum of three (3) Letters of Recommendation (NOTE: One LOR should be submitted from the applicant's Department of Surgery Chair or Program Director)
  • Personal statement
  • Photograph (optional, but preferred to track applicants after interviews)
  • Medical school transcripts
  • USMLE transcripts or COMLEX transcripts

International Medical Graduates are welcome to apply; however, The Valley Health System will not provide sponsorship for applicants who require a visa.

Interview Process

Applications are reviewed by the program faculty and selected applicants are invited for an interview. There are 3-4 interview dates per year. Interviews are offered from November to January. The program will make every effort to accommodate travel schedules of applicants; however, only applicants that have been interviewed will be included in the match list.

Applicants interested in the program are encouraged to complete an away rotation with us to allow for a more in-depth assessment of the applicant. Students who have completed an away rotation can choose to skip the formal interview day and still be considered for inclusion in the match list. They must meet with and interview with the program director and associate program director prior to the completion of their rotation to be considered for the match list.

The interview day will include:

  • Breakfast
  • A formal introduction to the program
  • Interviews with the faculty and either the program director or associate program director
  • Tour of at least one of our principle hospital facilities

We aim to have all interview activities completed by noon.

An applicant may be asked to add further information to their application after their interview date if it is deemed incomplete. The program director and/or coordinator will inform the applicant if any additional or missing information is required.

Please contact us with any questions at

Apply now to the general surgery residency program 


The VHS General Surgery residency will provide residents the opportunity to train in one of the most unique environments in the country. This program affords the benefits of training with community surgeons combined with the rigors and cutting-edge quality care of academic medicine. The program takes four categorical residents per year and eight preliminary residents per year.

  • Residents will have a full operative experience from the first day of training. By partnering with the numerous private surgeons throughout Las Vegas, residents will get first-hand experience caring for patients in all environments and learning what it’s like to work as a surgeon in Nevada. Most importantly, as VHS hospitals do over 50,000 surgical cases per year, residents will have ample opportunity to develop excellent surgical skills.
  • Residents will complete some of the most rigorous academic training in the country. VHS surgical residents will have full access to the Surgical Council of Resident Education (SCORE) curriculum. The material is completely online and, over a two-year cycle, will fully prepare residents for the American Board of Surgery (ABS) Certification Exam.
  • Residents will complete a full simulation curriculum throughout their training. At the completion of residency, residents will be certified in the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) and Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES), as well as trained in ultrasound and robotic surgery.
  • Residents will complete work-life balance and mindfulness training, as well as have exposure to executive leadership and faculty development courses to help with their career advancement.
  • VHS surgical residency is one of the few programs that uses app based and 360 degree evaluations. This will allow residents to evaluate all other providers caring for their patients. Also, residents will be given feedback by anybody they come in contact with. Getting feedback from patients and families provides learners a unique opportunity to be on the other side of their care.
  • Residents will have the option to pursue research throughout their training. While dedicated research is not mandatory, residents who choose to spend time in the lab will have the opportunity to pursue research in basic science, translational research, outcomes research, global surgery, and healthcare finance and advocacy.
  • Residents will use a video based surgical skills training platform. Residents will record their teaching cases and the videos will be reviewed by experts throughout the country. This allows for feedback, not only from local faculty, but world experts who may provide insights into technique that the resident would otherwise not be able to learn. This program is unique to VHS and will allow the residents to develop a library of cases for future reference as well as provide an opportunity to develop mentorship outside of the standard training models.

Graduates will have the technical skills to provide excellent patient care from day one. Whether graduates choose to enter private practice, academic surgery, or fellowship, they will be well prepared for their future in surgery.

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Salaries for Academic Year 2019-2020

Salaries are paid every two weeks (26 pay periods per year). There is no state income tax withheld in Nevada, increasing the take-home pay.  

  • PGY-1 - $51,586​
  • PGY-2 - $53,500​
  • PGY-3 - $55,502​
  • PGY-4 - $57,682​
  • PGY-5 - $60,023​
  • PGY-6 - $62,524​
  • PGY-7 - $65,207

GME Benefits

The Valley Health System offers a comprehensive benefits package for residents, including medical, dental, vision and other benefits.  Coverages are also offered for family members at an additional cost.

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Contact Us 

Program Director:
Saju Joseph, MD

Program Coordinator:
Tina Brechlin