Curriculum & Locations

Program Structure

Our program will provide a broad surgical education by integrating various operative experiences, structured didactic sessions, and mentoring by skilled faculty. Clinical experiences add greatly to a resident's medical knowledge, diagnostic ability, and surgical confidence. These experiences include resident training with general surgical conditions related to age, gender, and socioeconomic status. Levels of clinical responsibility and of operative experience gradually increases with each year of training so that the residents develop their technical skills, clinical judgment, and interpersonal skills.

Below is an example of the program’s curriculum. This sample may be adjusted by the Program Director to ensure adequate experience, case log numbers, and ACGME compliance.

  • PGY1

    General Surgery – 3 Months
    Trauma – 2 Months
    Surgical Oncology – 1 Month
    Head & Neck / Endocrine – 1 Month
    Urology – 1 Month
    Vascular Surgery – 1 Month
    Cardiothoracic – 1 Month
    Plastics – 1 Month
    Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) Surgery – 1 Month

  • PGY2

    General Surgery – 4 Months
    Surgical Critical Care – 2 Months
    Trauma – 2 Months
    Night Float – 1 Month
    Surgical Oncology – 1 Month
    Skin / Soft Tissue / Breast – 1 Month
    Elective – 1 Month

  • PGY3

    General Surgery – 2 Months
    Trauma – 1 Month
    Surgical Critical Care – 1 Month
    Surgical Oncology – 1 Month
    Vascular Surgery – 1 Month
    Endoscopy – 1 Month
    Cardiothoracic – 1 Month
    Night Float – 1 Month
    HBP Surgery – 1 Month
    Pediatric Surgery – 1 Month
    Head & Neck / Endocrine – 1 Month

  • PGY4

    General Surgery – 2 Months
    Surgical Critical Care – 1 Month
    Trauma – 1 Month
    Vascular Surgery – 1 Month
    Cardiothoracic – 1 Month
    Skin / Soft Tissue / Breast – 1 Month
    Surgical Oncology – 1 Month
    Pediatric Surgery – 1 Month
    Transplant – 1 Month
    Burn – 1 Month
    Elective – 1 Month

  • PGY5

    General Surgery – 5 Months
    Trauma – 2 Month
    Vascular Surgery – 2 Month
    Head & Neck / Endocrine – 1 Month
    Surgical Oncology – 1 Month
    HPB Surgery – 1 Month

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Conferences / Didactics


Grand Rounds – Quarterly

A vital component of didactic education in residency training, quarterly grand rounds provide review and discussion of current clinical problems in medicine by focusing on current or complex cases. Grand Rounds demonstrates best practices in the analysis and treatment of difficult clinical problems and disseminates new research information.

Basic Science Conferences - Weekly

Weekly basic science conferences will feature experts from the basic science departments discussing topics in surgery that will merge the knowledge of basic science with clinical practice as cases progress in level of difficulty.

Clinical Conferences - Weekly

Weekly clinical conferences will review a specific case that matches the topic discussed during the basic science conference.

Morbidity and Mortality - Weekly

Weekly M&M conferences will provide residents education on quality improvement initiatives, how to begin them and how to lead these important initiatives. This will be achieved by the comprehensive identification of complications within the cases reviewed, a standardized case presentation that explores ways to improve care while also highlighting clinical learning points, and a focus on converting what is learned from conference discussion into meaningful Quality Improvement projects.

Journal Club – Quarterly

Quarterly journal clubs will allow residents to critically evaluate articles in medical literature that will help improve residents’ skills in medical knowledge and surgical practice.

Skills / Simulation Lab

As a critical part to a surgical residency training program, residents will have access to the Amon G. Carter Medical Simulation Training Center at Texas Health Fort Worth beginning in PGY1 through PGY5. The simulation/skills center is specifically designed for navigating transitions of care, and is equipped with an ambulance, an emergency/trauma room, operating/interventional room, and modifiable intensive care room. Available resources include an array of high-fidelity manikins, task simulators, an advanced audio-visual capture and play-back system, and meeting rooms. It is also staffed by clinicians and educators who are dedicated to ensuring high quality training for residents.

Research Opportunities

All residents in the General Surgery Residency Program are encouraged and supported in the pursuit of scholarly activity, research, and quality improvement. Residents are paired with a faculty mentor for all scholarly activity and quality improvement projects. This mentor is tasked with assisting residents in background research, feasibility, IRB approval, study design, implementation, and analysis.

Residency Locations
  • Texas Health Fort Worth

    1301 Pennsylvania Avenue
    Fort Worth, TX 76104

    Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth

    Texas Health Fort Worth is a 707-bed, acute care hospital with approximately 30, 000 major operations annually. This primary training location has a longstanding history of providing advanced medical care to its community. The community includes residents from 41 zip codes with a population of more than 1.2 million people in four counties. Those communities are expected to grow by another 100,000 people over the next five years. Construction of the new surgical tower is set to complete at the end of 2021 and open in 2022. This new state-of-the-art tower will add 144 patient beds, 15 surgical suites and new pre-operative and post-operative units. This nine-story tower will feature surgical suites designed to accommodate advanced technologies and provide more space for the latest surgical equipment. The layout of patient rooms will bring patients and families close together during recovery. This training site will provide our surgical residents with ample patient volumes and case diversity to meet ACGME requirements for training.

  • Cook's Children's Medical Center – Pediatrics Rotation

    801 Seventh Avenue
    Fort Worth, TX 76104

    Cook's Children Medical Center

    Cook Children’s Medical Center is nationally recognized for its outstanding pediatric care. It is home to top medical minds, advanced technologies and treatments and leading-edge clinical research, all designed to meet the health care needs of children. Residents will spend one month during their third year and one month during their fourth-year training at Cook Children’s Medical Center.

  • Parkland Memorial Hospital – Burn Rotation

    5200 Harry Hines Blvd.
    Dallas, TX 75235

    Parkland Memorial Hospital

    The Parkland Burn Center at Parkland Memorial Hospital is one of the largest civilian burn units in the nation and includes a Burn Intensive Care Unit, a Burn Acute Care Unit, and a Burn Care Outpatient Center providing care to adult and pediatric patients. The center is a comprehensive burn unit that provides the newest research, technologies, and products for the treatment of burn-related injuries that result from flames, chemicals, electricity, and scalds. Parkland also provides treatment for complicated skin infections and disorders. Residents will spend one month at the center in their fourth year of training.

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