Transitions to Practice in General Surgery


Transitions to Practice: From Resident to General Surgeon

R. Phillip Burns, MDWe are pleased to announce that the Department of Surgery of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga has been approved by the American College of Surgeons to sponsor one of seven pilot programs in the nation for a one year Transitions to Practice (TTP) in General Surgery.  Our own R. Phillip Burns, MD, Chair of our Department of Surgery, serves as the Director of the Chattanooga TTP in General Surgery.  The American College of Surgeons has developed this program for young surgeons who are leaving residency and entering into the practice of general surgery. The program is intended to help fill perceived gaps in training today.


The ACS TTP Program will help with the transition to independent practice in general surgery. Program participants will:

  • Obtain enhanced autonomous experience in broad-based general surgery
  • Increase competence and confidence in clinical matters
  • Gain exposure to aspects of practice management
  • Experience mentoring with notable practicing surgeons
  • Participate in experiential learning tailored to individual needs

Participating Institutions

  • Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
  • Gundersen Lutheran Health System, LaCrosse, WI
  • Mercer University School of Medicine/Medical Center of Central Georgia, Macon, GA
  • Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH
  • University of Louisville School of Medicine, KY
  • University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga, TN

An excellent overview of the ACS TTP Program is detailed in the article by ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, in the February 2013 issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons.

To learn more about this new program, contact the College at 312-202-5491 or e-mail


Benjamin Kellog, MDDr. Benjamin Kellog was our first participant in the American College of Surgeons Transitions to Practice in General Surgery and holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Surgery.  He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine (Class of 2008) and completed his Surgery Residency at the University of California San Diego (2008-2013) before joining our faculty in July 2013.  He is remaining as a part of our faculty after completing the one year program.


The program has the support of our Dean, DIO, and our Graduate Medical Education Committee.




Updated 8/2014

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