Announcement from Dr. Anthony Meyer, chair of the Department of Surgery:
To Department of Surgery Faculty, Residents and Staff:
The Graduate Medical Educational Committee has approved Dr. Michael Meyers as the new Program Director of General Surgery. The transition from Dr. Mark Koruda to Dr. Meyers will occur on September 1, 2012 so recruiting for next year’s PGY 1 residents will be done with Dr. Meyers as the Program Director.
I want to personally thank Dr. Koruda for the decade that he has served as program director and all of the tremendous improvements that he has made in the General Surgery training program. It has been a period of great change in the requirements, structure and all of the other elements of surgical training from duty hours to complex case numbers, to many forms of documentation of resident teaching. His impact on the general surgery residents has been and will continue to be great and long lasting in their careers. Dr. Koruda will continue to help guide many residents on his role as faculty member and Chief of Gastrointestinal Surgery.
The General Surgery program is in excellent shape right now. The cumulative pass rate determined by The American Board of Surgery is 93% for residents who pass the written and oral exams the first time. This puts is in the Top 10 of surgical training programs in the country by this measurement.
Dr. Meyers has considerable experience in working with residents in the skills courses and with medical students on their senior Capstone Course. I have no doubt that he will bring new ideas and continue the excellence of the training program here at The University of North Carolina. Dr. Timothy Sadiq will serve as an Associate Program Director and work with Dr. Meyers and the faculty to look for new opportunities to improve our residency.
Please take the opportunity to thank Dr. Koruda for his remarkable efforts as program director and welcome Dr. Mike Meyers as the new program director in general surgery here at UNC.
Anthony A. Meyer, MD, PhD