Surgical Education

The Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine offers dynamic educational programs for undergraduates, medical students, residents, and fellows that are built upon a strong foundation of outstanding surgeons, leaders, and educators. The educational programs for trainees of the department are founded on Dr. DeBakey's legacy of supporting meaningful inquiry and experience in medicine and surgery.

Pre-Medical Education Programs

On an annual basis the department sponsors an eight-week Summer Surgery Student Program for pre-medical students. The Michael E. DeBakey Summer Surgery Program encourages the development and interest of well-qualified undergraduate students who are considering a medically-oriented career. Learn more about the Michael E. DeBakey Summer Surgery Program.

Undergraduate Medical Education Programs

The mission of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery is to inspire the next generation of surgeons by providing medical students with a balanced exposure and experience that meets core surgical competencies in both knowledge and skills. The faculty is actively involved in all educational aspects of our medical student programs, including an eight-week core surgery clerkship rotation for third-year medical students as well as surgery electives in which fourth-year medical students from Baylor and other schools participate. The department also supports the Baylor Student Surgical Society, an organization which provides information and support for Baylor medical students interested in a career in surgery or a surgical subspecialty.

Graduate Medical Education Programs


Each of our residencies is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education as well as its respective Residency Review Committees. These programs have maintained full continued accreditation status after each Residency Review Committee site visit.

These residency programs accept highly competitive applicants each year and we continue to match outstanding residents. Our graduates become leaders in surgery, both in academics and private practice. The strength of our department and the efficacy of our graduate medical programs in surgery are further reinforced by the interest shown by our graduating trainees in seeking to join the department as faculty members themselves invested in training the next generation of excellent surgeons.


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.

Continuing Medical Education

The Department of Surgery provides Continuing Medical Education (CME) hours for Surgery Grand Rounds. Our Surgery Grand Rounds lectures and presentations feature the scholarly expertise of both renowned regional and national speakers as well as local faculty experts on a range of applied topics in the science and practice of surgery.