Gibbon Surgical Review


A medical student’s path to surgery is notoriously long and arduous. Traditionally, students who are interested in the field begin to prepare their qualifications from day one, especially given the competitive nature of acceptance into surgical programs. For students who develop an interest in surgery during their later years of medical school, it can be a daunting task to pursue a track in which they already feel behind. Often times, these students are discouraged from applying to surgical residencies, worrying that their non-traditional path may hinder their success. However, Dr. Dawn Salvatore can reassure students that a non-traditional path to surgery can be fruitful, rewarding, and most importantly, feasible. Dr. Salvatore is a vascular and endovascular surgeon who has been practicing medicine for 30 years, the last nearly 20 years as a surgeon. After graduating from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1989, she completed a competitive combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH, practiced for two years, and then began her surgery training. I sat down with Dr. Salvatore to gain more insight into her experiences.