Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Surgical Residency Program at Ascension St. John Hospital, Detroit MI. We are located at the border of Detroit and Grosse Pointe. Our geographic location provides for a unique surgical experience that combines varied patient populations.

The goal of the program is to develop an ethical, clinically adept, and technically competent surgeon capable of independent practice in rural Michigan. The residency program is contained at St. John Hospital with all clinical rotations including Transplant and Pediatric Surgery available at St. John. An outside elective is possible in the fourth year. Residents generally use this elective to explore further options for their personal growth and careers.

The strengths of the program are its work environment of collegial residents and involved faculty. The vascular service is a fellowship level experience and the Peritoneal Surface Malignancy program is unique in the Midwest.

The department and the institution are committed to the education of our residents as we believe that residents are vital to the future growth of our health system. There has been a noticeable increase in the resources available for our residents. Spending accounts are available for books, travel for conferences and specialized training such as ASSET and surgical review courses. Every year the program has added one young faculty member to a key residency position. This trend is expected to continue for the next few years.

The program is clinically intense with our graduating class of chief surgical residents meeting their Defined Category requirements in February of their chief year. The program strives to ensure a robust operative experience that is currently clinically relevant in the job market. Most of our graduating residents meet Robotic certification and it is expected that all our current third years and below will be certified in robotic surgery.

Research activity has been robust for the past few years with St. John Surgery being amongst the local leaders in presentations at Detroit Surgical, Michigan Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and at the Midwest Surgical Association. All our graduates have published at least once. The addition of a PhD researcher in the department has aided this effort. A proxy of our research activity is the quality of the fellowships that our residents match into. Research output can be seen under the research tab on this website.

Call averages around once every 5 days. We do not have night float and chiefs take home call.

Our residents are primarily from the Midwest with Wayne State University our biggest feeder school. Our graduates can be found in over 20 states with most of them centered in the Midwest. 22 of our categorical residents are from US medical schools and 2 are IMGs’. Our Male::Female ratio is 11:13 and 8 of our residents are married. 65% of our residents go on to do fellowships with vascular, colo-rectal and minimally invasive surgery the most common.

Last year we had 340 US applications. We extended 65 interviews and interviewed 60. Our interviews are sent in Oct-Nov and our interview period is Nov to Dec. Due to the large volume of applications we do not send individual rejections.

Applicants can find additional program information in the FAQ section of this website and information on life in the program at our Instagram feed @sjhsurgery. 


E. Edhayan MD FACS

Program Director