Research is a critical component to residency training. The ability to take an idea and design a study to investigate that idea is a skill that every resident in general surgery at the University of Utah will develop. This work will start when you are a PGY-2 resident. Some residents will then make research the cornerstone of their professional development year. By the end of training, each resident is required to have a minimum of two published manuscripts.

Our program has the infrastructure to support this work. Residents participate in research in many of the Divisions in the Department of Surgery, including General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, and Cardiothoracic Surgery. Faculty members in these Divisions are eager mentors for residents who have an interest in these areas. Faculty success in research is evidenced by Utah being one of the leaders in extramural funding in the West. This combination of funding and commitment to success has led to our residents presenting and publishing at many national and international meetings. Some have had their work published in the most prestigious journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine.

The residency supports this activity by sending all of our PGY-3 residents to the American College of Surgeons meeting in October, where they participate in the AAS Resident Research course. This not only provides a solid background for developing a keystone project for their research year, it also starts the process of developing a network of colleagues and contacts that is critical to academic success.

A unique opportunity exists where residents can complete a Masters program in Clinical Investigation. There is a link to this program under Unique Academic Opportunities.