It is my honor and great pleasure to announce that the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at the Permian Basin Department of Surgery has been granted a surgical residency program beginning on July, 1 2016. We are proud to be joining the Lubbock campus in offering residents the opportunity to receive comprehensive, competency based surgical training. In the first year, we will be accepting applicants for intern and Pgy-2 years and will provide a Milestone driven; academic program focusing on evidence based surgical care.
The goal of the TTUHSC at the Permian Basin Department of Surgery is to promote excellence in clinical service, education and research. We will provide a broad range of surgical learning environments, including the evaluation and management of patients with surgical diseases with our core academic and adjunct faculty at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Odessa Regional Medical Center and Scenic Mountain Hospital in Big Spring, along with the very diverse and high volume surgical experience at Midland Memorial Hospital ably led by Shelton Viney, M.D. and Donald Crockett, M.D. We also provide a rural surgery experience and plan a rural track for those interested.
Our educational program and facilities will be based on the Surgical Council on Resident Education (SCORE) curriculum and include didactic and self-directed learning activities. Our fully functioning simulation center will allow residents to prepare for the challenging world of surgery in a consequence-free environment and help develop skills from basic suturing and knot tying to advanced laparoendoscopic techniques to leadership of the healthcare team.
Research will be an important focus in the department. These efforts will be supervised by Dinesh Vyas, M.D. He will continue his basic science focus on oncosepsis, nanomedicine and proteasome inhibitor research and his ongoing clinical research in Rural Trauma. He will be an invaluable resource and resident research mentor. My research interests include hernia surgery, the genetics of cancer and minimally invasive surgery. Saju Joseph, M.D. is active in pancreatico-biliary surgery. Valerie Bauer, M.D. is a leader in surgical quality and rectal cancer. John Bauer, M.D. will be available to mentor residents in plastic surgery topics ranging from cosmetic surgery to wound healing. These efforts will be complimented by a basic science research center scheduled to be completed on this campus in 2018.
We look forward to meeting interested candidates this interview season and we will be available on the ERAS system November 1, 2015.
C. Neal Ellis Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.,FASCRS, FACG