The Innovation Track is a collaboration with Texas Medical Center Innovation and offers two additional years to the general surgery curriculum focusing on learning how to bring a device or therapy to market. Residents work alongside other surgeon inventors, engineers, product designers and researchers to prototype, test and tweak their ideas until they are ready for clinical trials. They are immersed in the process of 3D printing, prototyping, funding, testing, patenting and more to learn how to bring intellectual property and other innovations from an idea all the way to an FDA-approved product that may improve patient care.
With a legacy of innovation embedded in the culture of Baylor College of Medicine and the Department of Surgery, the Department now offers a first-of-its-kind seven-year residency that poses to be a launching pad for future surgeon inventors carrying on the legacy of Dr. Michael E. DeBakey and other great innovators in our department. The NRMP-listed Innovation Track includes one of the 10 positions offered within our general surgery residency program.