General Surgery Residency

Providing cutting edge surgical training to mold the surgeons of tomorrow.


A letter from Program Director Bradford K. Mitchell, MD, FACS, ECNU

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Bayhealth General Surgery Residency Program. We will provide surgery residents excellent training so they may become cutting edge surgeons who are thought leaders in their local medical community and in the broader surgical community. Our mission is to graduate compassionate physicians and technically excellent surgeons whether they will practice general surgery or go on to complete a fellowship.

General Surgery Residency Overview


Our surgical residents will be exposed early to the OR with the advantage of not competing with fellows or chief residents for surgery. General surgery residents participate in a comprehensive didactic program and experience broad range of pathology. They will also be able to experience simulation training in our new SIM lab.


  • General Surgery (7 months)
  • Medical ICU (1 month)
  • Surgical ICU (1 month)
  • Vascular Surgery (1 month)
  • Surgical Oncology (1 month)
  • Endocrine Surgery/Urology (1 month)


  • General Surgery (7 months)
  • Night Float (2 months)
  • Vascular Surgery (1 month)
  • Surgical Oncology (1 month)
  • Surgical ICU (1 month)


  • General Surgery (3 months)
  • Pediatric Surgery at Nemours/A. I. duPont Hospital for Children (2 months)
  • Cardiovascular Surgery (1 month)
  • Vascular Surgery (1 month)
  • Burn Treatment at Crozer Chester Medical Center:
    The Nathan Speare Regional Burn Treatment Center (1 month)
  • Surgical Oncology (1 month)
  • Night Float (1 month)
  • Research (1 month)


  • General Surgery (7 months)
  • Transplant Surgery at Jefferson Health/Sidney Kimmel Medical College (1 month)
  • Surgical Oncology (1 month)
  • Vascular Surgery (1 month)
  • Night Float (1 month)
  • Elective (1 month)


  • General Surgery (7 months)
  • Vascular Surgery (2 months)
  • Surgical Oncology (2 months)
  • Hepatopancreaticobiliary (1 month)

Clinical Sites

We are committed to providing hands-on education in a nurturing environment.
Bayhealth is comprised of two hospitals: Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus and Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus.

Bayhealth’s Kent Campus offers a comprehensive array of services to the residents of Central Delaware, including cardiac surgery and diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterizations; endovascular surgery; da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System; neurosurgery; family-centered birth services and neonatal care; cancer care; orthopedic and rehabilitation services; advanced digital imaging; inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical care; intensive, intermediate and coronary care; and a 24-hour emergency department.

Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus is a 317-bed facility which includes a level III trauma Emergency Department. The facility had 1,829 births and 72,895 ED visits in 2019.

Bayhealth’s Sussex Campus offers a comprehensive array of services to the residents of Central and Southern Delaware, including an interventional room for radiologic and cardiac procedures; da Vinci® Si ™ Surgical System; inpatient rehabilitation; family-centered birth services and women’s services, including an obstetrical emergency department; general surgery; cancer care; gastroenterology; orthopedic and rehabilitation services; advanced digital imaging; inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical care; intensive and intermediate; and a 24-hour emergency department.

Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus is a 128 private-patient-room facility which includes a level III trauma Emergency Department. The facility had 471 births and 32,465 ED visits in 2019.


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Bradford K. Mitchell

Program Director

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Katherine Burklew

Program Coordinator

Katherine Burklew, a native Delawarean earned her bachelor’s degree at University of Delaware and her master’s in health care administration at Wilmington University. With 10+ years of healthcare experience, her responsibility as the General Surgery Residency coordinator involves supporting the program development and mentoring the residents. She is passionate about education and is excited to assist in facilitating surgical training for residents. In her spare time she enjoys roller skating, roller derby and running an online crafting business with her friends.

Core Faculty

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Francisco J. Rodriguez

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Barath Krishnan


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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Taking Pride in Our Diversity

At Bayhealth, we are driven by the diversity of our staff, physicians, volunteers, patients, and audiences at all levels. Embracing our differences empowers us to provide the best experience possible to everyone.

How to Apply

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Applications are coordinated though the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Students may begin the ERAS application in July, and our residency will begin receiving completed applications in September each year. More information and applications may be found on the ERAS website and searching for the Bayhealth General Surgery Residency.

It is important that you only apply for our residency program through the ERAS website. We cannot accept applications via email. Doing so could be cause for a potential match violation. Please visit the National Resident Matching Program website to learn more about professionalism in matching.

International medical school graduates should look for special instructions or contact the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates directly at 215-386-5900.

Audition Rotations

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If you are interested in completing a general surgery sub-Internship at Bayhealth, please apply through VSLO. We will begin accepting applications on March 1, 2023.