Department of Surgery
Our Mission is to assure that at the completion of their five year training our Graduates
are equipped with the knowledge, experience, and technical skills to succeed professional
whether they choose academic or private practice, with or without further fellowship
training. Our graduates will be expected to have the maturity, personal skills and
ethical standards to become respected and productive members of the surgical profession.
A Word from the Program Director
Welcome to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center General Surgery Program
website. We hope that these pages will give you helpful information about the structure
of the Residency Program, our commitment to excellence in Residency Education, our
faculty and our current and past residents. We have also tried to give you an insight
into the Surgery Resident’s life in and out of the hospital, specifically emphasizing
the resident’s collegiality and the strong personal relationships between faculty
and residents (view Residents' Perspective video). We offer a five year ACGME accredited General Surgery Residency Program graduating
five Chief Residents per year and our educational philosophy can best be summarized
in the Residency Program’s Mission Statement. To achieve these goals, we have established
a comprehensive five year educational experience with broad exposure to all major
areas of the surgical specialty. Currently, most rotations are within TTUHSC/University
Medical Center therefore requiring very minimal travel for our residents in order
to complete their education.
All of us in the Department of Surgery, both faculty and residents have a common mission
to strive for excellence in patient care and encourage an environment that emphasizes
maximum benefits from all educational opportunities. To achieve success, the faculty
and residents work together to gain knowledge, experience and to implement plans for
improvement from all clinical experiences. The basic and clinical lecture series,
clinical conferences and other educational activities are structured to strike a balance
between theoretic and practical knowledge.
The strength of this program is the broad exposure to various aspects of General Surgery,
early operative experience and congeniality among the residents and faculty. We are
continually looking for ways to improve the residency by steadfastly exploring and
developing new innovations in medical education. The leadership of the Department
of Surgery has made excellence in resident education their number one goal and their
aim is to make this program a leader in surgical education.
Ari Halldorsson, M.D.
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