Society’s need for general surgeons can be seen in the number of external consultation services, surgical procedures and hospitalization of patients in the public and private health systems, in our country and in our state. Of the five top hospitalization diagnoses in public and private hospitals, three are directly related to this specialty: digestive tract problems, traumatisms and benign and malignant tumors (INEGI 2009). Regarding causes of death in public and private institutions in the state of Nuevo León, the top causes are tumors and circulatory diseases alike; second place is held by endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases; respiratory diseases come third; and digestive tract diseases hold fourth place (2009).

Progress in general surgery in Mexico demands trained specialists who can not only solve clinical situations effectively, but also understand and apply the latest technology, and eventually develop efficient alternatives in teaching management and research, making them agents of change in the community. Parallel to the efficiency required to practice General Surgery, this specialty demands the creation of specialists who are capable of performing as honest leaders with a particular sense of humanism in the execution of their functions.

General Surgeons must be comprehensive practitioners who are proficient in all clinical aspects and also have the creative capacity to develop programs that will influence the advancement of this discipline, and not just draw on their training as a way of life. We are committed to generating this standard of specialists with a high sense of participation and motivation to promote new healthcare models that will enrich the area of General Surgery and shape it as a state-of-the-art discipline among the diverse medical specialties.

The aim of the Residency in Surgery of Tecnológico de Monterrey is to train exceptional surgeons who deliver clinical care to patients with a surgical pathology, according to the highest quality and safety standards. It also seeks to prepare individuals with integrity and a humanistic outlook in their clinical, teaching and research practice, while strictly adhering to ethical principles and the standards of professional practice. Surgeons who graduate from this institution are outstanding leaders at national and international levels, who contribute through research to generating innovations in surgical procedures, in healthcare models and in the development of the discipline itself.

This program targets Mexican and foreign physicians who wish to pursue a highly competitive training program that will equip them with the capacity to be leaders in General Surgery; who are proficient in English, are computer literate and have research skills. They must demonstrate an interest in social commitment, professionalism, leadership and the capacity for entrepreneurship. For admission to the Residency in General Surgery of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences of Tecnológico de Monterrey, candidates must satisfactorily meet all the graduate admissions requirements of Tecnológico de Monterrey and of the Ministry of Health.

Comply with the comprehensive evaluation required in the admission process, through an interview conducted by the admissions committee of the graduate program. In addition, the following is necessary:

  1. Simple copy of the Bachelor´s degree Certificate where the following information is indicated:
    1. The overall GPA.
    2. Completion date of all the subjects of the study plan.
  2. Simple copy of the Bachelor´s degree.
  3. Motivation letter or essay in which the candidate explains the reasons for his or her interest in the program, his or her potential contribution to it and the area in which he or she wishes to develop professionally.
  4. Curriculum vitae.
  5. Two letters of recommendation in the institutional format, from employers or professors.
  6. Obtain at least 550 points in the adaptive version of the Postgraduate Studies Admission Test (PAEP) or its equivalent in other exams authorized by the Institution.
  7. Obtain at least 550 points in the TOEFL exam or its equivalent in the other exams authorized by the Institution as an instrument for assessing the sufficiency of English language proficiency.
  8. Submit a file with the result of the ENARM Exam and psychometric exam.

*The admission process may change without prior notice from the Admissions Committe
**Admission is the first step: then you can enroll in your graduate program of interest.


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Graduates of the Residency in General Surgery of Tecnológico de Monterrey will be able to:

  • Perform as experts in the comprehensive, ongoing care of surgical patients in relation to diagnoses, selection, and preoperative, operative and postoperative care, including managing the pathology and complications in the gastrointestinal tract; abdomen and its contents; mammary glands and soft tissue; head and neck; endocrine system; surgical oncology; polytraumatized patients and severely ill patients in the ER or ICU.
  • Provide preoperative, operative and postoperative care for pediatric, plastic, peripheral vascular, general thoracic and transplant surgery, and also handle the most common problems in cardiac, gynecological, neurological, orthopedic and urological surgery, as well as in the administering of anesthetic agents.
  • Use endoscopic techniques, in particular laparoscopy and minimally invasive surgical techniques, as well as other relevant diagnostic and therapeutic techniques.
  • Act with professionalism within a framework of honesty and professional ethics, with a profound sense of respect and sensitivity toward patients and the medical community.
  • Communicate effectively with the patient, family members and other members of multidisciplinary healthcare teams, orally and in writing.
  • Apply the analytical skills of reasoning, medical judgment and decision making to solve problems in their specialty, and use scientific method to conduct research projects that will have an impact on improving healthcare.

Development and analysis of results of minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for different abdominal, thoracic, and vascular pathologies. 
Our residency program has been innovative and spearheading the training and development of laparoscopic skills in residents who have graduated from the program. For this reason, one of our main lines of research is to maintain this proactive inertia in the field of development and analysis of results of minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to different abdominal, thoracic, and vascular pathologies.

Development of surgical, diagnostic, and therapeutic skills through simulators. 
Given the growing number of minimally invasive procedures and the limited fields for clinical activity where they are applied, the student will have prior, controlled, supervised, reproducible and homogeneous training before reaching actual clinical exposure. This reduces costs, risks, and complications in the patient.

Development and analysis of strategies for the prevention, diagnosis, and therapeutic approach of neoplastic diseases.
According to INEGI, cancer is one of the leading causes of death in Mexico. Due to advances in medicine, longevity has increased in the population. The incidence and prevalence of oncological pathologies have also increased in the last decades. Considering this information, it is imperative to develop and analyze the effectiveness of prevention strategies. Furthermore, evaluation of the diagnosis and treatment of neoplastic diseases by a multidisciplinary care team provides a comprehensive management of said pathology.