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What is the Surgery Student Interest Group?

Founded in the spring of 2002 by UC Davis medical students interested in general surgery and the surgical subspecialties, SSIG aims to increase exposure to the world of surgery. An early introduction to the field forms the core of our philosophy, and we offer preclinical experiences through mentoring programs, conferences, workshops and a journal club. We collaborate with academic attendings, residents, and community surgeons to provide a forum for students to explore surgical issues and opportunities and to develop information networks. Our efforts arose in part to counteract the recent declining interest in the surgical field as reflected by the falling number of applicants to surgical residencies. We hope to stimulate interest in the world of surgery and aid students in making insightful career decisions.