Surgery Education - Our Residents & Fellows
General Surgery Resident
MD, Universidad CES, Medellín, Colombia, 2006
Other Post-Graduate Training:
MSCI, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2014
2005-2006, Rotatory Internship, Hospital General de Medellín, Medellín, Colombia
FLS – Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery
FUSE – Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy
BLS – Basic Life Support
ACLS – Advanced Cardiac Life Support
ATLS – Advanced Trauma Life Support
ASSET – Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma
American College of Surgeons (Resident Member)
SAGES (Candidate Member)
Texas Medical Association
Bexar County Medical Association
Kaplan Honor Society
07/2012 - 06-2014 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow / MSCI
Dr. Gomez' research interests include surgical simulation training, surgical education outcomes, development and evaluation of proficiency based flexible endoscopy, laparoscopic and robotic surgical skills.
10/2009 - 04/2010 - Social Science Research Associate, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Dr. Gomez was responsible for initiating, implementing and monitoring various clinical research projects with the Department of Surgery Trauma and Critical Care at UTHSCSA.
12/2003 - 12/2005 - Hospital Universitario San Vicente de Paul, Medellín, Colombia
"Implicated factors in a successful hand replantation".
Dr. Gomez was involved in this research project as his graduation thesis under the supervision of Dr. Marco A. Ramirez, Plastic Surgeon, Hospital Universitario San Vicente de Paul, Medellín.
Gomez PP, Willis RE, Van Sickle KR. Development of a Virtual Reality Robotic Surgical Curriculum Using the da Vinci Si Surgical System. Surgical Endoscopy. 2014. [Epub ahead of print]
Willis RE, Dent DL, Love JD, Kempenich JW, Uecker J, Brown KM, Thomas JS, Gomez PP, Adams AJ, Admire JR, Sprunt JM, Kahrig KM, Wiggins-Dohlvik K. Predicting and enhancing American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination performance: does writing questions really help?. Am J Surg. 2016 Feb;211(2):361-8
Adams AJ, Wasson EA, Admire JR, Gomez PP, Babayeuski RA, Sako EY, Willis RE . A Comparison of Teaching Modalities and Fidelity of Simulation Levels in Teaching Resuscitation Scenarios. J Surg Educ. 2015. Sep-Oct;72(5)778-85 (PMID: 26002536)
Gomez PP, Willis RE, Van Sickle KR. Development of a Virtual Reality Robotic Surgical Curriculum Using the da Vinci Si Surgical System. Surgical Endoscopy. 2015. Aug;29(8):2171-9 (PMID: 25361648)
Gomez PP, Willis RE, Sickle KV. Evaluation of Two Flexible Colonoscopy Simulators and Transfer of Skills into Clinical Practice. Journal of Surgical Education. 2015 – Mar-Apr;72(2):220-7 – (PMDI: 25239553)
Gomez PP, Willis RE, Schiffer BL, Gardner AK, Scott DJ. External Validation and Evaluation of an Intermediate Proficiency-Based Knot-Tying and Suturing Curriculum. Journal of Surgical Education. 2014 - Nov-Dec;71(6):839-45 – (PMID: 24924584)
Gomez PP, Willis RE, Jaramillo LA. Evaluation of a Dedicated, Surgery-Oriented Visiting International Medical Student Program. Journal of Surgical Education. 2014 May-Jun;71(3) 325-328 – (PMID:24797847)
Gomez PP, Admire JR, Adams AA, Van Sickle KR, Dent DL, Willis RE. Evaluation of a Dedicated Skills Development Rotation for PGY1 General Surgery Residents. 2014. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Sept 2014; 219(3)S116-S117
Admire JR, Pounds LL, Adams AJ, Gomez PP, Willis RE. Development and Construct Validity of a Low Fidelity Training Platform for Driving Large and Small Suture Needles. Journal of Surgical Education. 2015 May-Jun;72(3):387-93 (PMID: 25456157)
Willis RE, Gomez PP, Ivatury SJ, Mitra HS, Van Sickle KR. Virtual Reality Simulators: Valuable Surgical Skills Trainers or Video Games? Journal of Surgical Education. 2014 May-Jun;71(3) 426-33 – (PMID: 24797861)
Willis RE, Curry E, Gomez PP. Practice Schedules for Surgical Skills: The Role of Task Characteristics and Proactive Interference on Psychomotor Skills Acquisition. Journal of Surgical Education. Journal of Surgical Education. 2013 Nov-Dec;70(6):789-95 – (PMID: 24209657)
APDS Panel Session IV - Mandated Curricula Debate: A Resident’s Perspective Surgical Education Week / ASE-APDS annual meeting. Seattle, Washington. 04/23/15
Evaluation of a Dedicated Skills Development Rotation for General Surgery Interns American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress San Francisco, California 09/27/14
Colonoscopy Simulator Training and Transfer of Skills to Clinical Practice. 40th JB Aust Surgical Society Annual Meeting San Antonio, Texas 06/05/14
Practice Schedules for Surgical Skills: The Role of Task Characteristics and Proactive Interference on Psychomotor Skills Acquisition 39th JB Aust Surgical Society Annual Meeting San Antonio, Texas 06/13/13
Poster Presentations Colonoscopy Simulator Training and Transfer of Skills to Clinical Practice SAGES 2014 annual meeting Salt Lake City, Utah
Development of a Virtual Reality Robotic Surgical Curriculum using the da Vinci Si Surgical System SAGES 2014 annual meeting Salt Lake City, Utah
Honors & Awards:
2013- present - SAGES- Surgical Education Committee - Dr. Gomez was appointed to serve for 2 years in the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) surgical education committee.
2013 - Finalist 2013 SAGES career development award. Project: Multi-Institutional Development and Implementation of a Virtual Reality Robotic Surgical Curriculum Using the da Vinci Si Surgical System. SAGES 2013 Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD
2005 - Academic Excellence Award given to the best student of the class based on GPA scores and drive for academic excellence and human qualities. Universidad CES, Medellin, Colombia
Dr. Gomez received his MD degree from Universidad CES in 2006. He completed a year of rural social service in Chinchina (Colombia), a small town located in the heart of the country's coffee zone where he was able to provide health services to rural communities.
Dr. Gomez returned to Medellin where he joined his father's urology practice working as his surgical assistant. Additionally, Dr. Gomez taught the physiology course to the first year medical students of his Alma Mater for a year and a half.
In the fall of 2009, Dr. Gomez joined the UTHSCSA department of Surgery/Trauma as a research assistant where he was responsible for initiating, implementing and monitoring various clinical research projects.
Since 07/2010 Dr. Gomez joined the general surgery residency program at UTHSCSA. His areas of clinical interest include minimally invasive, endoscopic and robotic surgery.
Dr. Gomez is a 'camera aficionado' who enjoys outdoor photography, traveling and cooking Colombian food.
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