he 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. Surgical experience is gained during these years as
an assistant and as the operating surgeon with faculty and senior
resident assistance on less complex procedures. The PG-2 house officer
assumes a more active role in the student teaching program, supervises
the care of a group of patients, and gains further experience in
operating under the supervision of a senior resident or faculty member.
In addition to rotations in general surgery and vascular surgery
service, extensive experience in surgical critical care is acquired in
the Burn ICU, the Surgical ICU, and the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
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. Participation in research is not mandatory.
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. Additional time is devoted to rotations on surgical
endoscopy and laparoscopy.
The PG-5 house officer, or chief resident, supervises an entire
service in close collaboration with the faculty attending. Eight to nine
months are spent on general surgery services and three to four 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.
Surgical Simulation Center
Sealy & Smith Laboratory for Surgical Training, Assessment & Research (LSTAR)
Simulation-based training is now a component of all 5 years of
general surgery residency. Interns participate in a "Boot Camp" program
of simulation center workshops on basic surgical skills from
suturing/knot-tying to chest tubes and ultrasound-guided central venous
catheter placement. These sessions are taught by faculty and senior
residents. All residents complete the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic
Surgery (FLS) curriculum prior to performing laparoscopic cases.
Twice-monthly workshops in the Simulation Center cover a range of topics
from vascular and GI anastomoses to advanced laparoscopic and robotic
procedures. Simulation is also used to teach and assess core
competencies such as communication, professionalism and systems-based
practice. The Simulation Center is home to a variety of specialized
curricula, educational research projects and quality improvement
efforts. Click here to see pictures of the curricular activities and simulators available in our simulation center.
The Division of General Surgery has 10 clinical services. Each of
these services is attended by one or two full-time faculty members.
These services include:
Resident Training Program in General Surgery
The preferred method of application is through the Electronic
Residency Application Service. If direct contact with the department is
necessary, application forms, transcripts, letters of reference and
inquiries for further information should be addressed to:
Erica Ruiz Espino
Department of Surgery
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-0534
or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org