Residency & Education Information

The Department of Surgery provides outstanding opportunities for a superior education in surgery. At UTMB, the Department of Surgery has access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities and excellent staff support to provide an optimal environment for residents in patient care, research and training. The panels above will link you to residency information about each division.

The residency training program in general surgery is approved by the American Board of Surgery for complete training. The program consists of five years of clinical training with progressively increasing responsibility. Emphasis the first two years is on diagnosis and the preoperative and postoperative care of the patient. At the completion of the second year, the residents are encouraged to spend one or two years in research under faculty supervision. At the completion of the research year(s), the resident will rejoin the clinical years as a PG-3.

During postgraduate years 3 and 4 residents are given increasing responsibilities. Residents at this level serve as senior residents on pediatric surgery, transplant and thoracic surgery. Much of the rest of the time is spent as a senior assistant resident on general surgery or vascular services.

The PG-5 house officer, or chief resident, supervises an entire service in close collaboration with the faculty attending. Nine months are spent on General Surgery services and three months on the Vascular Surgery service.

At the end of the five years of training, all residents are eligible to take the examination of the American Board of Surgery. The program is rectangular rather than pyramidal and obtaining complete training will fulfill the requirements of the American Board of Surgery, providing that a house officer's work is satisfactory.

The UTMB ABSITE Review Manual is now available for download as a .PDF - please click the link below.

UTMB ABSITE Review Manual (PDF)