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General Surgery Residency

The General Surgery Residency program at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas 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 University Medical Center 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 University Medical Center 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.


Baylor University Medical Center also offers surgery residents access to the Seeger Surgical Simulation Center and Biologic Operative Skills Simulation Labs that help hone a broad surgical skill set in simulated environments guided by faculty. This simulation environment helps create a safer patient experience during real surgical procedures and improves physician performance, encourages critical thinking, prepares surgeons for unexpected events in the operating room and increases comfort when performing a procedure.


Baylor’s Department of Surgery is approved for 45 categorical residents, graduating nine chief residents each year. Of the 12 first-year positions, three are pre-specialty. Residents perform a high percentage of the general surgical procedures; after five years of training, a surgery resident will have completed more than 1,200 surgeries. Fellowships are available in vascular, colon and rectal, breast oncology and transplant surgery.


Residents training in the general surgery program rotate among Baylor University Medical Center, John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Cook Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Memorial Hospital.


Quality in Training Initiative


To teach residents how to better utilize the National Surgical Quality Improvement Project we have an established the Quality in Training Initiative, a program that provides residents the opportunity to understand quality improvement and review risk adjusted scores for complication rates.


From the Program Director

Baylor’s Department of Surgery offers a diverse, high-quality residency program with a strong emphasis on surgical education for both resident and attending teaching staff.


Recent American Medical Association statistics point out that seven out of ten residents go into private practice, so Baylor residents are schooled not only in academia, but also in the practical aspects of a general surgery practice. This is accomplished by 50 teaching staff members, some of whom are nationally and internationally known.  Each faculty is assigned a general surgery "teaching service" and participates in the residency training program. In addition, specialty trained educators provide top level operative and patient care experiences for the resident.


Baylor’s formidable combination of professional, educational and technological capabilities makes it a challenging and beneficial environment for America’s top residents. I invite you to learn more about the Department of Surgery and how we can help you realize the professional goals you’ve set for yourself.


Robert Goldstein, MD

Program Director, Surgery Residency Program



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