General Surgery Program

General Surgery Residency

To educate and train exceptional, well rounded, team-oriented general surgeons in a community-based setting who can provide excellent, evidence-based clinical and surgical care to all patients in a variety of settings.

  • To produce competent and confident surgeons who can provide a multitude of surgical options for any given general surgery practice.
  • To establish and maintain a strong program that is centered on mentoring, teaching, friendships, lifelong learning, and overall well-being.
  • To provide education and promote health and welfare for patients.


St. Mary’s Medical Center's General Surgery Resident Program offers a five-year ACGME accredited surgery program where residents receive hands-on experience from day one. Residents of the program are taught directly by attendings, on a one-on-one basis, and engage in all aspects of general surgery from surgical procedures to valuable clinic experience. The program also equips residents with a clear understanding of how to run a private practice. Graduates of the General Surgery Resident Program at St. Mary's Medical Center leave with the skills and knowledge to immediately enter a general surgery practice or transition into a fellowship with confidence.

Residents perform a heavy caseload of approximately 300-350 cases yearly. Throughout each year of the program, training both increases in intensity and autonomy, which gradually allows the resident more independence in the operating room while maintaining individual support of an attending. Furthermore, the General Surgery Resident Program at St. Mary's Medical Center has a well-established culture that eliminates all competition among residents for cases. A mixture of both didactic and clinical service experience is blended into the program to ensure graduates are both intellectually and technically capable as well as emotionally mature surgeons.

Program Director: Dr. Christie Brock

Dr. Brock graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 2007. She completed a General Surgery residency in Brooklyn, NY in 2012, followed by a year of Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Brock is Board Certified in General Surgery and Critical Care. She has a special interest in Women's Health.

Dr. Brock is also an ATLS Instructor and KCUMB Residency & Student Preceptor and a proud Member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. In 2016, Dr. Brock was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons.

As the General Surgery Resident Program Director, Dr. Brock is dedicated to every resident who enters the program. She ensures each resident is prepared to perform the role of a surgeon at an advanced level expected of a board-certified specialist. ​

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For more information please contact the Resident Program Coordinator:

Vonda Sirls