Dynamic Surgery Programs

We are focused on training and educating the next generation of surgeons and surgeon-scientists. Our dynamic educational programs are built upon a strong foundation of an outstanding faculty and a highly qualified cadre of fellows and residents who in turn offer their time and attention to our junior trainees and students. Every year, this experience has led to the development of an ever stronger residency program and the recruitment of a growing class of enthusiastic medical students turning towards careers in surgery.

Under the guidance of outstanding faculty leaders in education and our vice-chair for education Dr. Bradford G. Scott, together with a consummate staff of educational administrators led by Holly Church Shilstone, our educational curriculum is being expanded and refined each year. New additions include mentorship programs for residents and students, more extensive formative and summative reviews, oral board training for residents, and a new oral exam session scored towards an honors grade for our students.

Our Global Health Experience for our General Surgery Residency Program, to begin in July 2016, will include exposure to international, rural, and extramural training in non-traditional specialties such as orthopedics, OB GYN, and urology. Emblematic of our increased focus on research training, this past year, in addition to our ongoing all-department journal clubs, we held clinical case presentations, research training seminars, and annual Resident Research Day Symposium. We also launched a Resident Scholar Program that will allow proficient research residents to matriculate directly into research faculty positions in the department.

Special Summer Program for Pre-Med Students

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.