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
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
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.
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UTMB ABSITE Review Manual (PDF)