About the Program
The Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine offers one of the most highly sought general surgery residency programs in the country. Our program offers ten categorical positions to first-year residents each year, of which four are designed as a five-year “Clinical Track”, four as a seven-year “Research Track” that includes two years of dedicated research time, and one as a seven-year “Innovation Track”. The program also offers a “Global Surgery Track” designed to allow a global surgery experience in post-graduate years three and seven.
Our general surgery residents are exposed to an extraordinarily broad range of clinical opportunities during their clinical rotations at a total of six major hospital affiliates. Residents rotate 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. Our general surgery residency program also provides basic surgical training to preliminary residents in the sub-specialties of neurosurgery, otolaryngology, urology, and plastic surgery.
Our program provides a well-rounded experience that includes training in the management of all areas of general surgery. These include abdomen, alimentary tract, breast, head and neck, vascular system, endocrine, trauma, and critical care. Our program also provides extensive exposure to pediatric surgery, endoscopy, cardiothoracic surgery, robotic and minimally invasive surgery, cardiothoracic and abdominal solid organ transplantation, and other of the surgical sub-specialties. We offer extensive clinical exposure to robotic procedures performed with highly experienced faculty in a broad spectrum of specialties, including bariatric, hepatobiliary, GI, cardiac and thoracic surgery. Notably, we offer our trainees extensive opportunities to train in our state of the art Simulation Lab equipped with a wide range of computerized simulation models and on robotic simulators positioned at our hospital affiliates
Graduates of our program complete their training as amongst the most experienced trainees in the nation. Fully prepared to be examined by the American Board of Surgery, our graduates consistently maintain a high success rate for board certification.
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.