General Info

Future Surgeons-

We here at the University of Michigan are excited to help develop the next generation of leaders in academic medicine.  For the past few years, we have hosted some of the brightest students pursuing a career in surgery from across the country.  We have revamped our agenda this year to reflect a greater focus on emotional intelligence and identifying leadership opportunities in a surgical residency.  As in the past, we will also review the ERAS application process and cover personal statements and interview strategies with the assistance of our faculty and residents. 


Academic Surgery is a great career, providing opportunities to work with some of the brightest people, and to ask and answer some of the toughest research questions.  Academics are not for everyone, but we hope to share with you some of our institutional lessons learned to aid your development in becoming a future surgeon, leader, and educator.  We have been fortunate to recruit one of our former residents and current faculty member as a Keynote Speaker, Erika A. Newman, Assistant Professor in Pediatric Surgery and the Surgical Director of Mott Solid Tumor Oncology Program.  She is also the Associate Chair of Faulty Development.


Our faculty are excited to work with you and encourage your application to the Student Surgery Leadership Weekend. 


Rishindra M. Reddy, MD, FACS

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Co-Director of the Academic Surgeon Development Program

Clerkship Director, Department of Surgery

Department of Surgery – University of Michigan 

Goals of this program:
Facilitate and motivate medical students to becoming the future leaders in surgery as well as provide them the knowledge and preparation to apply for and match in academic surgery. We plan to have over 25 faculty, house officers and recently matched medical students to facilitate a personalized experience for each participant.

Who can apply:

All University of Michigan medical students who intend to apply in surgery (general, vascular, plastic, cardiothoracic, or otolaryngology) surgery in the Fall 2018 (to match March 2019) are guaranteed a spot in the Student Surgery Leadership Weekend. In addition, students from other U.S. medical schools applying in one of these fields in 2017 may apply. 


Benefits of participating: All applicants will receive a summary of the proceedings of the program as well as a guide on “How to apply for surgical residency”.  A small group of students will be invited to participate in the Student Surgery Leadership Weekend based on the competitiveness of their application.


Costs of participation: The Academic Surgeon Development Program at the University of Michigan will cover room, board and meals. This includes the students selected to participate who attend medical schools other than the University of Michigan.


Deadline has been extended! Applications due March 10, 2017, 5pm (Eastern Standard Time)


Selected participants notified April 5, 2017


To apply, please complete registration information