General Surgery Residency

Christopher Pfeifer, DO
Program Director & General Surgeon

Allegiance Health is a 480-bed health system that sees a wide range of general surgical conditions. Our General Surgery Residency is a five-year program accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). This program is affiliated with the Statewide Campus System with Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM).

Features of the Residency

  • New dynamic program with younger leadership
  • Didactic sessions provided by physicians
  • Striving to become a Level II trauma center
  • Started open-heart surgery program in 2008
  • Faculty is made up of:
    • Six general surgeons
    • One thoracic surgeon
    • Two cardiac surgeons
    • Two vascular surgeons
    • Trauma surgeons 
  • Didactic, clinical exposure and experience further broadened by enrollment in the Michigan State University Surgical Training Consortium.
    • Monthly sessions
    • University endorsement included on the resident’s diploma

Latest Techniques

  • Robotic surgeries, including single site
  • Transanal hemorrhoidal dearterialization (THD) procedures
  • Laparoscopic procedures, including:
    • Colon resections
    • Cholecystectomy
    • Splenectomy
    • Inguinal and ventral hernia repair
    • Adrenalectomy
    • Gastric surgery 
  • Endoscopy, including:
    • Colonoscopy
    • EGD
    • PEG tube placement

The hospital and the teaching staff are deeply committed to your education. We anticipate the training here at Allegiance Health will prepare you for a busy community-based general surgery practice in the future. 

Note: General surgery audition rotations will be granted on a first come first serve basis. We encourage two week rotations in order to accommodate as many requests as we can. After we review applications in ERAS, we will contact those that we have chosen not to interview, but have scheduled audition rotations, to see if they are still interested in rotating at Allegiance Health. Thanks for your interest in our program.

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