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Resident Research

Residents have the option to spend one year (or more in selected circumstances) to conduct basic science and/or clinical research in any surgical specialty. This experience has been a very productive aspect of the career development of our residents and allows one to begin focusing in a sub-specialty of interest. Most residents elect to spend dedicated time outside of the residency to participate in full-time in research, typically following the PGY-3 year. This dedicated research time is encouraged but is not mandatory. The type of research, location, and funding is left to the discretion of the resident. However, there are opportunities to obtain internal funding from the department to facilitate this process. In addition, there are ample opportunities to participate in clinical or translational research while engaged in the clinical rotations of the residency. Residents are encouraged to submit their research to meetings and will receive the necessary support to present their work.

Alternatively, previous residents have used this time to obtain advanced degrees such as an MBA or even a PhD. Other residents have pursued a critical care fellowship. The research period can be tailored to the specific professional needs of the individual.

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