GS Resident training (320x240)
credit: Scott HolmesResidents perform procedures with increasing independence throughout their career.

Baylor College of Medicine offers one of the best general surgery residency programs in the country. This five-year program now accepts nine categorical first-year residents, with nine chief graduating beginning in 2022. 

The general surgery residency program also provides basic surgical training to preliminary residents in the sub-specialties of neurosurgery, otolaryngology, urology, and plastic surgery. Residents are exposed to an extraordinarily range of clinical opportunities during their rotations at two public hospitals (Ben Taub Hospital and the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center) and four private hospitals (Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, Texas Children's Hospital, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Penrose-St. Francis Hospital in Colorado).

The program provides a well-rounded experience for the general surgery resident. Considerable experience is gained in the management of all areas of general surgery, including abdomen, alimentary tract, breast, head and neck, vascular system, endocrine, trauma, and critical care. Experience is also provided in pediatric surgery, endoscopy, cardiothoracic surgery, minimally invasive surgery, transplantation, and the surgical sub-specialties.

Upon completion of the program, Baylor residents are among the most experienced in the country and fully qualified to be examined by the American Board of Surgery. The program maintains a high success rate for board certification.

Justin Choi in lab (320x240)
credit: Scott HolmesResearch track resident in the laboratory.

Please note the program is approved with the following NRMP quotas for the three categorical General Surgery tracks:

1. Traditional Track (NRMP# 1716440C0) (Total: Four positions) - candidates who match to this track complete five consecutive years of clinical general surgery training. 

2. Research Track (NRMP#1716440C1) (Total: Four positions) - candidates who match to this seven-year research track complete two years of mentored research, which typically takes place after their PGY-2 year of clinical training. 

3. Global Surgery Track (NRMP#1716440C2) - Candidates who match to this seven-year track participate in two full years of rotations that would not only give the resident a global perspective and training with an excellent general surgery foundation, but also incorporate a rural and international medicine viewpoint, develop skills in multiple specialties within surgery, and allow time for extensive research on this topic.

Training in Research During Residency

Because understanding the basics of research is a core competency for all practicing surgeons, our training program has developed a program to provide opportunities for residents to learn the fundamentals of research.

Find out more about Training in Research During Residency.


Yan Shi in OR (320x240)
credit: Scott HolmesA resident rotates on a service.

During the five-year training period, residents spend an average of 25 months at the private hospitals and 35 months at the public hospitals. The affiliated hospitals are full-service, and numerous teaching seminars and conferences are held at each one. Clinical rotations at all five hospitals offer extensive patient contact.

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Simulation Center

Dr. Matthew Wall Keeping Score at Skills Olympics (320x240)
credit: Scott HolmesDr. Matthew Wall keeps score at the 2018 Surgical Skills Olympics

The Simulation Center is a vital resource for training residents and fellows in the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques, and provides continuing education for practicing surgeons. As an AAALAC-accredited facility, we ensure all procedures are in compliance with federal and institutional guidelines. 

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Applicant Information

The program is approved by the Residency Review Committee for Surgery with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. After satisfactory completion of the program, residents are eligible for certification by the American Board of Surgery.

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