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General Surgery Residency

By the end of training, our residents perform more than 1,200 surgical procedures.

The General Surgery Residency at Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Our five-year program provides residents with extensive experience in both common and unusual cases, including: surgical oncology, endoscopy, minimally invasive, hepatobiliary, trauma and acute care, vascular, transplant, colorectal, breast and general surgery.

Baylor Dallas is one of the most active reference hospitals in the nation. In 56 operating rooms there are more than 20,000 surgical procedures performed annually. Baylor Dallas manages an estimated 20 to 30 percent of all major trauma cases in Dallas and is a Level I Trauma Center. The emergency department sees more than 120,000 cases per year.

We accept nine categorical general surgery residents and three pre-specialty positions each year.

Curriculum

During the five-year program, residents spend 70 percent of their time on private services, including a children's hospital, and 30 percent at a county hospital. 

Elective rotations in general surgery usually last one month and are available to senior students with the approval of the program director.

All rotations are at Baylor University Medical Center unless otherwise noted.

PGY-1

  • Two four-week rotations on Vascular Surgery
  • Two four-week rotations on Acute Care Surgery
  • One four-week rotation on Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • One four-week rotation on Surgical Oncology
  • One four-week rotation in the Burn Unit at Parkland Memorial Hospital (categorical only)
  • Two four-week rotations on General Surgery at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas
  • Four four-week rotations on General Surgery at John Peter Smith Hospital

PGY-2

  • Two four-week rotations on Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Three four-week rotations on Acute Care Surgery
  • Two four-week rotations on Vascular Surgery
  • One four-week rotation on Surgical Oncology
  • One four-week rotation in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at John Peter Smith Hospital
  • One four-week rotation on Pediatric Surgery at Cook Children’s Medical Center
  • Three four-week rotations on General Surgery at John Peter Smith Hospital

PGY-3

  • Two four-week rotations on Hepatobiliary Surgery
  • Two four-week rotations on Colorectal Surgery
  • Two four-week rotations in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit
  • One four-week rotation on Transplant Surgery
  • One four-week rotation on Acute Care Surgery
  • One four-week rotation on Vascular Surgery
  • Three four-week rotations on General Surgery at John Peter Smith Hospital
  • One four-week rotation on General Surgery at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas

PGY-4

  • Two four-week rotations on Surgical Oncology
  • Two four-week rotations on Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Two four-week rotations on Hepatobiliary Surgery
  • One four-week rotation on Colorectal Surgery
  • One four-week rotation on Acute Care Surgery
  • One four-week rotation on Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • One four-week rotation on Pediatric Surgery at Cook Children’s Medical Center
  • Two four-week rotations on General Surgery at John Peter Smith Hospital 
  • One four-week rotation on General Surgery at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas

PGY-5

  • One four-week rotation on Acute Care Surgery
  • One four-week rotation on Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • One four-week rotation on Surgical Oncology
  • Two four-week rotations on Vascular Surgery
  • Two four-week rotations on Hepatobiliary Surgery
  • Six four-week rotations on General Surgery at John Peter Smith Hospital 

We offer surgery residents access to a simulation environment that helps create a safer patient experience during real surgical procedures, improves physician performance, encourages critical thinking, prepares surgeons for unexpected events in the operating room and increases comfort when performing a procedure.

The Baylor Dallas Academic Surgery Simulation Program consists of three components: The Seeger Simulation Center, the Baylor Operative Skills Simulation (BOSS) lab and the Center for Evidence Based Simulation (CEBS).

In the Seeger Simulation Center, current simulation resources include:

  • Fundamentals of laparoscopic simulator
  • Endoscopic simulator
  • Cardiovascular access/ultrasound
  • Breast and thyroid mass exploration
  • Laparoscopy trainer
  • Endovascular simulator
  • Ultrasound simulator
  • High-tech mannequin

We also utilize high-fidelity simulators, including an arthroscopic simulator for increasing training in upper endoscopy, ERCP, biopsies, colonoscopies, etc.

The Baylor Operative Skills Simulation (BOSS) lab, which is a functional bioskills lab, allows residents to train on wet models or cadaveric specimens.

The Center for Evidence Based Simulation is the research and development arm of the program.

Our residents and attending staff attend regular didactic lectures and clinical conferences. Each resident is encouraged to participate in case presentation and real-time case management discussions.

Residents also attend chief’s conference, mortality and morbidity conferences, SCORE conference, journal club and Grand Rounds.

Other conferences include:

  • Breast tumor
  • Breast journal club
  • Head and neck tumor
  • Colon and rectal tumor
  • Vascular
  • Skin tumor
  • Gastrointestinal tumor
  • Trauma
  • Cardiothoracic
  • Oncology
  • Transplant

Each service has its own conference which brings expert opinion face to face with resident training.

Our residency program offers a diverse research environment. Residents are expected to perform research and publish papers during their residency and make presentations at local, regional and national meetings.

Clinical research is facilitated by faculty members who provide education, advice, support, review and structure. All attendings are interested in clinical research at all levels, from randomized controlled trials to retrospective review of large numbers of patients with complex issues.

The department provides statistician and manuscript preparation support. The Baylor Scott & White Research Institute support staff attached to the department facilitate IRB approval for all projects and Seeger funds for research management. Numerous databases exist within the department to facilitate clinical research.

Industry and cooperative cancer group trials are available throughout the department.

  • Train at one of U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals"

    Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, is a 115-acre campus with 915 beds, a Level I trauma center and nationally ranked specialty services.

How to Apply

We use the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) to electronically accept residency applications, letters of recommendations, dean’s letters, transcripts and other credentials directly from your medical school.

Deadline for applications is November 1.

Visit ERAS to apply


Application Requirements

Eligible candidates should provide:

  • Dean's letter from medical school
  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation
  • Photograph
  • Medical school transcripts
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcripts (Step I results are mandatory; Step II results are desirable)

Interviews

Interview day begins with a tour and lunch followed by presentations by the program director and attending staff physicians. Candidates tour the hospital and complete four 30-minute interview sessions.


Learn more about Baylor Scott & White's housestaff appointment eligibility, including guidelines for international medical graduates.

Contact Us

Rhoda Bryant
Program Administrator
Phone: 214.820.4543
Rhoda.Bryant@BSWHealth.org

General Surgery Residency
Baylor University Medical Center
Roberts Hospital, Suite 1013
3500 Gaston Ave.
Dallas, TX 75246

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Compensation and Benefits

In addition to competitive stipends, we offer our residents a full menu of employee benefits. We help offset the cost of many of these benefits; others are options you can choose to pay for yourself.

Life in Dallas

Dallas provides access to metropolitan entertainment and culture while maintaining the lowest cost of living among the top 10 largest U.S. cities.

Why Baylor Scott & White

As the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States, Baylor Scott & White Health includes 48 hospitals, more than 900 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians and more than 40,000 employees.

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