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The primary reason why we exist as a Department is to produce graduates of our Residency Programs who become outstanding surgeons. We have the track record to prove success, but we are just getting started.

PUTHealth is situated in the heart of the largest medical center in the world, in the fourth largest city in the nation and the largest city in the South. Houston’s incredible diversity is reflected in the clinical experience available to our residents. They rotate in a variety of hospitals—both public and private, and both general and highly specialized, including some recognized as among the best hospitals around.

Under the direction of Program Director Dr. Don Lesslie, we evaluate several hundred completed applications each year from graduates of medical schools all across the United States (and elsewhere) to work with our large, dedicated and extremely capable faculty who bring with them national and international reputations for their expertise in most of the areas which constitute general surgery. Resident and faculty work together to help every trainee to design a course of study to best meet their future needs.

Combined with the wealth of optional research opportunities available to our residents, we have been successful at placing our recent graduates into highly competitive specialty fellowships, solo rural practice, and every other conceivable position. We welcome your inquiry; come help us create the next chapter of surgical history at UTHealth.

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The Program

The General Surgery Residency Program is fully accredited by the Residency Review Committee (RRC) for Surgery of the ACGME, and we must meet certain standards spelled out by those governing bodies. We thus provide an equitable wage and an equitable benefits package of life, health, disability and professional liability insurance. We provide appropriate sleeping and meal facilities for all residents on duty and allow sufficient time off duty for the residents to remain physically and mentally refreshed despite the rigors of their assignments. We also provide a scholarly environment for our residents with readily accessible library and on-line computer facilities, a didactic curriculum of basic science and clinical topics and faculty members who are leaders in their fields.

Our residents routinely finish with large experiences in all areas of the general surgery curriculum as designed by the American Board of Surgery.  The gradual allowance of increasing clinical responsibility has long been a cornerstone of our training philosophy, and we have an extraordinary variety of hospitals available to provide the diverse clinical experiences necessary to mold the proficient surgeon.

The result is that our residents have been enormously successful in achieving their goals upon graduation. A few of our recent graduates have chosen to make their contribution through the private practice of general surgery. Others have moved directly into faculty positions. The majority, though, have pursued additional training in surgical subspecialties, and they have been extraordinarily successful in obtaining fellowship positions in such disciplines as surgical oncology, organ transplantation, pediatric surgery and cardiothoracic surgery.

We are proud of our residents, past and present, and the training they have received through this program which has resulted in a first-pass ABS exam passage rate that is among the highest in the country for programs like ours. We feel certain that through them our program will significantly and positively impact both on our community and on the future of American surgery.

On a final note, as you well know, there have been tremendous changes in recent years in the way medicine and surgery are practiced in the United States and there is every reason to believe that the landscape of medicine will continue to change for some time before a period of relative stability returns. It is, of course, vital to the future success of our individual graduates and to the future success of this residency program that we respond to those changes. We have been on the forefront of the evolution of minimally invasive surgery. We have an already large and ever growing number of lives covered by managed care contracts in carefully structured networks. In these and other important ways I believe that our faculty and the institutions which comprise our residency experience have positioned themselves to successfully negotiate the coming changes and to continue to produce the future leaders of American surgery.

Thank you, once again, for your inquiry about the surgical residency at UTHSC. We are pleased to have this opportunity to introduce to you our program and hope that you are stimulated to learn more about us through a trip to our campus for a personal interview.

How to Apply

General Surgery

Angelica Lopez
6431 Fannin, MSB 4.331
Houston, TX 77030

Adina Cohen
6431 Fannin, MSB 4.331
Houston, TX 77030

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