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Department of Surgery

Surgery Education

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Global Surgery Track

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Tropical Surgery, Obstetrics, and Gynecology CME Conference
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Inaugural Tropical Surgery, Obstetrics, and Gynecology CME Conference
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Our Global Surgery Track, conceived and first developed in 2015 by Dr. Rachel Davis as a junior surgery resident, has now grown to include a diverse cadre of six residents and stands as the only NRMP-listed track in the United States. This seven-year global surgery track embedded within our general surgery residency program provides training in the “44 essential surgery skills” including orthopedics, OB GYN, and urology along with study of global health through internships at the WHO in Geneva, Switzerland and other international agencies. These training experiences are integrated with rural, domestic, and foreign postings where our residents can apply these skills and learn how best to treat the underserved.

While we take great pride in these reflections of our successes, we are most excited by the firm establishment of a Just Culture in our department, and the central role of our trainees in this culture. This engagement is reflected in our Resident Council, providing a “seat at the table” for our executive chief and resident class representatives. Resident engagement in our Social Equity Committee brings faculty and trainees together with department leadership to explore issues of professional access and equity. Our close association with our Student Surgical Society, which provides our undergraduates with yearlong opportunities to engage with the department and explore paths to a career in surgery.

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Undergraduate Medical Education Programs

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The Department of Surgery aims to inspire the next generation of surgeons by providing medical students with a balanced exposure to the surgical disciplines and a learning experience that meets core surgical competencies in both surgical knowledge and skills. Our faculty is actively involved in all educational aspects of our medical student programs, including clinical teaching in the operating room and at the bedside along with didactic teaching in the classroom and in the Simulation Lab. This year, our department will be hosting virtual meet and greet activities with medical students nationwide in order to familiarize interested residents in our post-graduate training programs. We also offer virtual visiting electives in which fourth-year medical students from Baylor and other schools can participate in senior year clinical rotations at any of our four primary affiliate hospitals. We closely align these efforts with our students’ interests and perspectives through our collaboration with Baylor’s Student Surgical Society, an organization that provides information and support for Baylor medical students interested in a career in surgery or a surgical subspecialty.

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Graduate Medical Education Programs

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General Surgery and Specialty Surgery Residency Programs

Each of our seven residency programs is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and by their respective Residency Review Committees. These residency programs accept highly competitive applicants from around the nation, and matriculate our graduates to leading academic programs and highly regarded private practices across the country each year. Our graduates in turn have repeatedly grown into leaders in their fields of interest, both in academics and in private practice. We are proud to be able to keep in close touch with our residents through our alumni society - the Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical Society - and continue to applaud our alumni successes.  

Residencies

Fellowships

The Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery also offers training through non-accredited fellowship programs, which are approved by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners. These programs provide further training to surgeons in their chosen fields of specialization. Fellows continue to achieve the goals of their respective programs each year, and to further contribute to the well-being of the communities they serve.

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DeBakey Summer Surgery Program for Pre-Med Students

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2019 Michael E. DeBakey Summer Surgery Program Participants
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2019 DeBakey Summer Surgery Students
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Our Michael E. DeBakey Summer Surgery Program has since 1968 welcomed undergraduate students from around the country to an eight-week immersion into the life of a surgeon. This unique and highly selective program offers pre-medical students the opportunity to work as integrated members of our surgical teams, and obtain an invaluable “insider’s” look at the life of a surgeon. The “Swan Song” presentations by our summer students to the department at the end of their rotations, relaying their reflections on what they learned during their time with us, are one of the highlights of the year for everyone in our department. Many of our summer students go on to careers in surgery - including some current members of our own department. 

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Continuing Medical Education

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The department provides Continuing Medical Education (CME) hours for our weekly Surgery Grand Rounds and for our post-graduate conferences hosted throughout the year by of our divisions and sections working in collaboration with our department CME Office. Our Grand Rounds spotlight the scholarly expertise of renowned regional and national speakers on a diversity of topics ranging from professional development to the surgical sciences. These include four annual invited distinguished lectures and professorships, quarterly department journal clubs and clinical case presentations, and annual graduating chief resident presentations.  

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