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Department of Surgery

Introduction to the Department of Surgery

The Department of Surgery is one of the nation’s academic medical centers. It consists of the Divisions of Cardiovascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Neurosurgery, General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Colorectal Surgery. There are 492 beds and 30 operation rooms as well as 110 surgeons and 30 technicians working for our service center.

Our department provides clinical service, surgical research and surgical education. The department consists of seven divisions, each of which maintains a distinct profile in terms of patients care, research and teaching. The mission of the department is to provide excellent patient care in an environment that stimulates its faculty members, trainees and students so that they are able to constantly improve their patient care, teaching, learning and investigative abilities.

In the area of patient care, the department continues to update our techniques in many areas, including open heart surgery, vascular surgery, hepatobiliary-pancrease surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, breast surgery, neurosurgery and thoracic surgery. Many efforts have been done to improve the outcomes for surgical patients. For example, a mini-laparoscope is used to minimize wound size and discomfort among patients receiving laparoscopic surgery. In addition, endoscopy is used in the field of neurosurgery to shorten the recovery time of patient.

In the area of teaching, the department has grown as significantly. The department presents more than 10 conferences and seminars per week across the various divisions which are opened to anyone who wishing to participate. A core course of 100 important surgical topics were designated as critical to our 5th year medical students since 1998, which has helped the students to become familiar with a basic knowledge of surgery. One to one teaching gives the students more chances to explore the problems that may be encountered during clinical service. Efforts to increase the number of affiliated hospitals continue in order to provide the students and residents with a chance of broader training in different branches of surgery.

In the area of training and teaching, the Department of Surgery at TPECH provides residency programs and fellowships training. Each of these programs is extremely well regarded and is considered one of the most outstanding in the field. The Department strongly encourages its residents to take time off for research training, guarantees the salary of the residents during the research experience and also helps in any way possible that allows the residents to study in the best possible laboratories around the world. As part of the Surgery Residency Program, five endowed fellowships have been established and are available to the recipients for use in any laboratory. The Department's educational activities are governed by the Department of Surgery Education Council. The Education Council has been charged with overseeing the surgical residency programs, scheduling, assessments, recruiting and mentoring. It also regulates and promotes the research fellowships for residents.