Research Interests of Our Faculty Members
Throughout their training, our residents and fellows participate in research under the mentorship of our expert faculty members whose interests span the gamut of surgical subspecialties and research disciplines. Our faculty conduct research in the laboratories of Baylor College of Medicine, at affiliated hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, and at the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness & Safety (IQuESt), and through sister institutions at the Texas Medical Center, including Rice University, the University of Houston and MD Anderson Medical Center.
Although not all surgeons need to be trained to be independent researchers, understanding the basics of research is a core competency for all practicing surgeons. Therefore, our training program has developed learning opportunities for residents to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of research. Accordingly, all categorical general surgery residents are expected to submit three manuscripts to peer reviewed journals before the start of their chief year. To help residents meet this goal, the department provides mentorship and resources to optimize resident participation in research projects and scholarly activity.
All residents participate in a curriculum that teaches the fundamentals of surgical research, and includes discussion of topics ranging from clinical trial design to methods for data analysis to how to write a research paper. All residents also have access to a team of experts in the Office of Surgical Research who can provide guidance in study design, data analysis, and scientific writing. Residents are also provided with mentorship and access to the directory of ongoing research projects and faculty research interests to optimize their research experience.