The Division of Pediatric Surgery offers a two-year fellowship training program with a new fellow accepted every year. The educational goal is to provide the fellow with advanced knowledge and training in the management and treatment of surgical disease in infants and children. Upon completion of training in the pediatric surgery fellowship program, our fellows are expected to perform as highly competent pediatric surgeons.
Trainees entering this program must have completed a general surgery residency and meet the requirements for certification by the American Board of Surgery. The trainee must also be ATLS certified at the provider level as a minimum. He/She will spend the majority of time at Children’s Medical Center, a 400+ bed hospital that features 46 ICU beds in two locations, various outpatient clinics, one of which is for pediatric surgery, and a state-of-the-art emergency center designed specifically for children. Parkland Memorial Hospital, which is adjacent to Children's, has a 76-bed intensive care nursery that serves the Parkland obstetric service of more than 14,000 deliveries per year and newborns transferred from other hospitals.
The first year includes a one-month rotation in the intensive care nursery, and a two-month rotation on the pediatric urology service. The entire second year is spent on the general pediatric surgery service. During the second year, the fellow will be encouraged to act as the teaching assistant for progressively more complex procedures. He/She will be expected to teach the general surgery residents on a daily basis and will participate in the organization of the formal teaching conferences.
In an average year, the pediatric surgery service performs more than 4,000 cases at Children's Medical Center, sees 5,000 outpatients, and is primarily responsible for more than 1,000 injured children admitted to the hospital. The service is composed of nine full-time faculty members, all of whom actively participate in the educational mission of the division.
The pediatric surgery fellowship program offers a wide range of educational experiences. Training includes the operating room, bedside, and clinic educational experiences. The program also offers conferences throughout UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children's Medical Center. Conferences are held every Thursday; topics are rotated over the length of the program to provide a thorough coverage of diagnoses and management options.