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University of Texas Medical Branch

Crockett, TX

Number of Positions Offered: 1

Contact Information

Mastery in General Surgery Program Chief

J. Patrick Walker, MD, FACS

Additional Information

1100 Loop 304E
Crockett, TX 75835
Fax: 936-545-0952

Administrative Contact: Thea Daigle, Administrative Assistant, 936-544-7757


Timberlands Clinic, Crockett Texas

University of Texas Medical Branch

Program Highlights

This program is designed as a rural surgical track. The surgical experience will be broad based, with cases in abdominal general surgery, laparoscopy, endoscopy, and oncology, with a limited experience in vascular, thoracic, pediatric, gynecology, head and neck, orthopedics, urology, and trauma.

Program Description

The year will be primarily spent in the rural Texas town of Crockett, TX (population 6,300 – with a multi-county catchment area of approximately 60,000). Although rural, Timberlands Clinic has three fully staffed ORs, an ER/Trauma section, an ICU, a radiology department with CT, MRI, invasive capabilities, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, and an active obstetrical service. Other surgeons at Timberlands Clinic include orthopedics, urology, and ENT. As desired by the Junior Associate, optional rotations are available in gynecology, hand, plastic, urology, trauma, and orthopedic surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) central campus in Galveston as well as other campuses of the UTMB system. Total flexibility is possible, with the curriculum designed around the needs and goals of the Associate.

Upon acceptance into the program, the Associate will submit his or her previous surgical experience and case log. ABSITE scores will be reviewed and a didactic study plan defined for the upcoming six months to enhance the candidates’ success at completion of the American Board of Surgery certification process. The Mastery in General Surgery Program curriculum will be modified to augment training in needed areas.

The Junior Associate will be expected to participate actively in the training of residents in surgery and family practice as well as medical students. They will function as an independent surgeon with graduated responsibilities according to their abilities. They will make all decisions on surgical cases with faculty back-up as they need/desire.

The Junior Associate will record all cases in the ACS Surgeon Specific Registry and they will be presented at the UTMB Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Conference. At this time, the Junior Associate will also meet with the UTMB Surgical Program Director to review their cases and progress toward their program goals.

At the completion of six months, the Associate’s progress toward independent practice will be reviewed through case evaluation and faculty interviews, with the planned curriculum adjusted as necessary. In addition, the Associate’s future goals in surgery will be reviewed and a plan will be structured to accomplish those goals. A similar meeting will take place near the end of the program with review of progress and goals.

The Junior Associate will have an introduction to establishing and running a practice. The Junior Associate will actively code their procedures—both from the OR and clinic. Monthly financials will be reviewed by the Associate. The Junior Associate will also design and complete a project regarding either patient safety or quality.

The Junior Associate will be expected to participate in the following: hospital committees (especially ER/Trauma, Critical Care, and Infectious Diseases); medical staff meetings; Surgical Grand Rounds at the UTMB Department of Surgery; UTMB M&M Conference; Annual Meeting of the South Texas Chapter of the ACS; and semiannual meetings of the Texas Surgical Society.

Senior Associates

Ravi S. Radhakrishnan, MD, FACS, Program Director, UTMB

Douglas S. Tyler, MD, FACS, Chairman of the Department of Surgery, UTMB

Housing provided on the Houston County Hospital Campus

The Oldest County in the State of Texas

Beautiful East Texas – Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, Camping