The curriculum for the Baylor College of Medicine Pediatric Surgery Residency Program follows the guidelines set by the ACGME. Pediatric Surgery residents are evaluated based on six core competencies, including:
- Patient care and procedural skills
- Medical knowledge
- Practice-based learning and improvement
- Interpersonal and communication skills
- Systems-based practice
The pediatric surgery residency program uses clinical experience, didactics, conferences, and lectures to give the resident thorough understanding of the core competencies. At the end of their training, pediatric surgery residents are prepared to fulfill meaningful careers in pediatric surgery.
The first year pediatric resident is able to take up to five months of elective time, which may be tailored to the trainee's special interests and career goals. They will also have a rotation at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. There are several elective courses the first-year resident can also choose to attend. The second-year resident acts as chief resident of the program at Texas Children’s Hospital.
The residents have the opportunity to attend several courses throughout the year, including the St. Jude Surgical Oncology course, the Nationwide Children’s Colorectal Course, and the UT Houston ECMO course. The residents also attend one academic conference per year.