General Surgery Residency

The General Surgery Residency Program at Houston Methodist maintains a standard of excellence by providing only the best education for our medical students and residents. Ranked in 12 specialties by U.S. News & World Report   and listed as one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies To Work For”  since 2006, Houston Methodist directs millions of research dollars into patient care and offers the latest innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques. Our technical capabilities, such as seven da Vinci robotic systems — with two dual-console Si models— allow residents to participate in surgical procedures, more than any other hospital in the country.

We are affiliated with three medical schools, including Weill Medical College of Cornell University, the University of Texas Medical School in Houston and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Our residents rotate through area hospitals to obtain the clinical training and didactic education necessary to become highly competent surgeons.

Houston Methodist Hospital
Houston Methodist Hospital serves as the primary teaching hospital of the residency program. While rotating at Houston Methodist, residents will have a broad exposure to many complex surgical disease processes. They will receive extensive operative experience in foregut surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, colorectal surgery, advanced laparoendoscopic surgery, endocrine surgery, cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery. Residents will also gain unparalleled experience in critical care at the Dunn Surgical Intensive Care Unit, a 31-bed unit staffed by five fellowship trained surgical intensivists.

Memorial Hermann Hospital
Memorial Hermann Hospital, located in the Texas Medical Center, is a 755-bed tertiary care teaching hospital has one of the busiest Level I trauma centers in the country and is the site of the regional adult burn unit. It is also home to the Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, an integrated facility within Memorial Hermann Hospital that is a large referral site for children with routine and complex surgical disorders. 

Our general surgery residents will spend approximately nine months of their residency at Memorial Hermann Hospital in each three rotation area:

  • Rotation on the trauma service at both the junior and senior resident levels
  • Rotation on the pediatric surgery service during the intern and third year
  • Rotation on the burn service during the second year

MD Anderson Cancer Center
Located in the Texas Medical Center, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center provides our residents with world-class training in the multi-disciplinary management of patients with common and rare complex malignancies including breast, melanoma and sarcoma. As a site of training for many surgical residents and fellows from around the world, the volume of clinical activity provides residents with an extensive exposure to surgical oncology. Residents will spend approximately three months of their training at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Eligibility for American Board of Surgery Qualifying Examination
We prepare our residents for eligibility for the American Board of Surgery Qualifying Examination. Applicants for the exam must be the operating surgeon for a minimum of 750 operative procedures in five years, and for a minimum of 150 operative procedures in their chief resident year. These procedures must include operative experience in each of the essential content areas listed below.

  • Skin, soft tissue and breast surgery (24 cases ) 
  • Head and neck surgery (24 cases)
  • Alimentary tract surgery (72 cases)
  • Abdominal surgery (65 cases)
  • Liver surgery (4 cases)
  • Pancreatic surgery (3 cases)
  • Vascular surgery (44 cases)
  • Endocrine surgery (8 cases)
  • Trauma surgery30
                - Operative (10 cases)
                - Non-operative (20 cases) 
  • Operative (10 cases)
  • Non-operative (20 cases)
  • Thoracic surgery (15 cases)
  • Pediatric surgery (20 cases)
  • Plastic surgery (5 cases)
  • Basic laparoscopic surgery (60 cases)
  • Complex laparoscopic surgery (25 cases)
  • Endoscopy (85 cases)

Contact Us
Houston Methodist Hospital
Department of Surgery, Residency Coordinator
6550 Fannin St., Smith Tower 1661
Houston, TX 77030
Tel. 713.441.6172 
Fax: 713.790.2872