General Surgery
Residency Program

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to educate, mentor, and develop qualified general surgery physicians to deliver outstanding, efficient medical care with compassion, integrity, and respect while using the most up to date practices and evidence-based medicine

The General Surgery Residency Program is designed to provide residents with the skills, knowledge, and experience required to become excellent surgeons who are leaders in their profession and will contribute to the advancement of the field of Surgery. Program graduates will be well-prepared for careers within the community and academic surgery, or to pursue additional fellowship training.

We have received initial accreditation for new General Surgery Residency Program and will begin on July 1, 2023 with 4 PGY-1 positions. We will participate in ERAS and NRMP in the Fall of 2022.

Some key features of our residency program include a focused and robust clinical and didactic curriculum, mentoring from ABS/AOBS certified faculty members with a variety of backgrounds and expertise, and a focus on excellent patient care and bedside learning. Our general surgery residents, along with the surgery department as a whole, will continue to provide the quality, patient-centered care that Lakeland Regional Health is known for, providing to the diverse patient population of Polk County and the many international and domestic visitors of the surrounding Tampa/Orlando area.

For any questions about our new program, please check this page for updates. You can also reach out to us by email.

Why Train at LRH?

We are a community-focused program centered on developing academic surgeons who will be leaders within their specialty and use the most up-to-date practices and evidence-based medicine.

  • LRH has the second busiest emergency department in the entire country
  • Long-standing, state-designated Level II Trauma Center and the only designated trauma center for Polk, Highlands, and Hardee counties
  • Faculty with diverse training and background from some of the premier training institutions around the country
  • A diverse and extensive surgical experience including trauma, critical care, hepatobiliary surgery, surgical oncology, foregut surgery, colorectal surgery, abdominal wall reconstruction, Robotic/minimal invasive surgery, as well as “bread and butter” general surgery
  • Training is patient-centered with a strong emphasis on clinical and technical training. Our residents treat the entire patient and are “physicians that also operate”


Lakeland Regional Health is one of Forbes Best-in-State Employers for 2022. We aim to remain thriving workplace for everyone on our team. We are excited to welcome our residents into our organization and support their personal and professional growth.

The 864-bed Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center is the primary clinical site for the General Surgery Residency Program and provides extensive opportunities for residents to gain hands-on clinical experience with an underserved population that has a large diversity of pathology and medical needs.


General Surgery Residents will participate in a robust educational program. All didactic activities are time-protected from clinical duties.

Additional Details:

  • Clinical cases with untoward outcomes are pulled from all General Surgery services and reviewed with group discussion focusing on improving patient care and finding opportunities for improvement. This experience is invaluable in developing clinical knowledge, critical thinking skills, communication skills, and preparation for the Oral Board exam.

  • These conferences are held 2-3 times a month and allow for presentations on a variety of surgical topics by experts in their field. Conference topics have a broad range including basic science, technological/medical advances, physician wellness, and even medical ethics. These experiences are designed to be novel and interactive.

  • Alternating between basic science and clinical conferences, these educational activities occur on a weekly basis. These didactics are led by faculty based on their experience, interest, and specialty. They are designed to both prepare the residents for their board exams, but also how to treat patients in “real life” scenarios.

  • Twice a month meeting focused on in-depth learning and discussions with literature selected by residents and attendings. Articles selected will represent “Landmark” articles as well as new innovations and discoveries. In addition to reviewing the literature, the residents will also learn how to evaluate readings scientifically and systematically in order to incorporate Evidence-Based Medicine into their practice.

  • Our simulation center is on-site and accessible to our residents. Utilizing the most up-to-date simulation tools, the lab will have activities in open surgery/suturing, laparoscopic, endoscopic, and robotic surgery. Formal mentored sessions will be held once a month, but informal practice sessions will also be encouraged and available.

Program Leadership

donald davis md

Donald M Davis Jr., MD

Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program

sowsan rasheid md

Sowsan H. Rasheid, MD, FACS

Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program

Program Benefits and Highlights

Lakeland Regional Health offers a competitive benefits package. Click here to view the benefits package provided to LRH team members.

Beyond our standard tuition reimbursement program, retirement plans, paid time off, and a comprehensive health and benefit plan, we also offer the following extended benefits for residents of our Graduate Medical Education Program:

  • Meal subsidy for on-call residents
  • Educational stipend for professional development
  • LRH GME Fitness Center, Lounge, and Focus Areas
  • Expenses of USMLE Step 3/COMLEX 3 fees covered

About Lakeland

Lakeland, the largest city in Polk County, has kept its small-town personality over the years and yet continues to become a vibrant and growing city. Conveniently located between Tampa and Orlando, Lakelanders have many ways to celebrate the climate, culture and opportunities available both in the local area and throughout Central Florida. World-class shopping, major sports franchises and entertainment venues in Tampa and Orlando and beaches on both the east and west coasts of Florida are all a quick drive away.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a complete application via ERAS. Residents will be chosen through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

NRMP Number: 2323440C0

Required supporting documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Personal Statement
  • Three Letters of Recommendation


We are excited to welcome all candidates to apply for our Graduate Medical Education programs. However, please note that applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of employment Visas at this time. Thank you for understanding.

Contact Us

Autumn Wade

General Surgery Program Administrator

863-687-1100 Ext. 1582

or email us