Because the basics of research are a core competency for all surgeons, our training program provides opportunities for residents to learn the fundamentals.
The department provides mentorship and resources to optimize resident participation in research projects. New residents are guided in selecting faculty mentors.
All residents participate in a curriculum that teaches the fundamentals of surgical research, and includes discussion of topics ranging from clinical trial design to methods for data analysis to how to write a research paper. Further, residents have access to a team of experts in the Office of Surgical Research who can provide guidance in study design, data analysis, and scientific writing. All categorical general surgery residents submit manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals. Most residents also present their work at local, regional, and national scientific conferences, and they receive funding to cover the related travel expenses.
Research Interests of Our Faculty Members
Throughout their training, our residents and fellows participate in research under the mentorship of our expert faculty members whose interests span the gamut of surgical subspecialties and research disciplines. Our faculty conduct research in the laboratories of Baylor College of Medicine, at affiliated hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, and at the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness & Safety (IQuESt).
Resident Research Day
We are very proud of the incredible research achievements of our residents, fellows, and students. Each June, we celebrate the research achievements of our trainees at our annual Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Resident Research Day. This event features podium and poster presentations highlighting the research conducted by our trainees, awards for the best presentations, and a keynote address from a distinguished surgeon-scientist.