About Our Graduates


The success of any training program is reflected by the success of its graduates. We are proud of our graduates' academic achievements and the standard of surgical care they provide their communities. Our graduates have consistently maintained a high pass rate on the American Board of Surgery qualifying (written) and certifying (oral) examinations. The most recent five year cumulative pass rate for our graduates is 100%, with 100% passing on the first attempt.

Many of our graduates enter a career in a general surgery practice. A number of our graduates choose to practice in rural settings and also in larger cities with larger surgical groups. Thus, our graduates are trained to practice in any type of surgical setting.

Typically one-third of our graduating residents have chosen sub-specialty careers and our community based general surgery program has prepared them well for a fellowship training. Our residents who have sought fellowships have obtained positions in excellent, competitive programs. This is what our graduates have done for the past five years:

Practice/Sub-specialty Training


 Class of 2018

General Surgery Practice

 Dubuque, IA

Cloquet, MN

Rapid City, SD

 Sub-Specialty Training

 Cardiothoracic Fellowship
John Hopkins, Baltimore, MD

 Class of 2017

 General Surgery Practice

Muskegon, MI

Hastings, MN

Branson, MO

 Sub-Specialty Training

 Colorectal Fellowship 

Creighton University, Omaha, NE

Class of 2016

 General Surgery Practice

Prairie Du Sac, WI

Gillette, WY

 Sub-Specialty Training

Vascular & Endovascular Fellowship
University of Virginia

Cardiovascular & Thoracic Fellowship

University of Indiana

 Class of 2015

General Surgery Practice

Perham, MN
Manitowoc, WI

 Sub-specialty Training Vascular Surgery Fellowship
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Class of 2014

 General Surgery Practice

Davenport, IA
Spencer, IA

 Sub-specialty Training

Plastic Surgery Fellowship
Memphis, TN

Class of 2013

 General Surgery Practice

Ames, IA 
Dubuque, IA

 Sub-specialty Training

Breast Fellowship
Dallas, TX

Class of 2012

 General Surgery Practice

Shakopee, MN
Yankton, SD
Wichita, KS 

Class of 2011

 General Surgery Practice Sioux City, IA 
 Sub-specialty Training Breast Fellowship
Akron, OH
Colorectal Fellowship
New Orleans, LA