ARTOP Residency Program

The ARTOP Residency Program provides resident trainees with support for 18 months of research during clinical residency training. Medical students match into this six-year track through the National Residency Matching Program.


The ARTOP resident's training is divided into two distinct phases.

House Officer I and House Officer II Goals

  • Identify the laboratory of interest, a mentor, and a project
  • Complete the literature review and background on the chosen topic
  • Define the basic research techniques (including experimental design and ethics) needed for the project
  • Write the specific aims for the project. Each trainee will write a complete research proposal that will be reviewed by the Research Committee at the start of the formal research rotation.
  • Submit a CORE or other small grand proposal 

House Officer III and House Officer IV Goals

The second phase of this training program consists of an 18-month block of full time research, carried out as two consecutive nine-month blocks during the House Officer III and House Officer IV years of residency.

The goals during the first three month period (October-December of the HOIII year) are to:

  • Initiate the research activity
  • Perfect technical skills required for its performance
  • Collect pilot data to support the feasibility of the investigation
  • Complete preparation of a research proposal for review by the Research Committee, including any needed supplemental funding
  • Prepare a grant application to an outside sponsor, such as the AAO-HNS CORE grant program or other professional society or foundation. The purpose for requesting these supplemental grants is two-fold. Principally, this provides the resident training in preparing a grant application. Secondly, successful grant applications provide additional financial resources and give the trainee experience in managing a research budget. If a supplemental award is not made, research activities will be performed at the level permitted by available training grant funding, with every effort made to secure additional support from other departmental or U-M Medical School funds, as justified by the merits of the project. 

During the 18-month research block, the resident is relieved of all clinical responsibilities including on-call responsibilities.



Presentations are made quarterly to the Research Committee. In addition, resident trainees are expected to attend and present their research results during at least one national meeting and publish the results of their research activities in a timely fashion. Trainees are also re expected to present aspects of their ongoing research activity during the annual Charles J. Krause, M.D., Lectureship.


Past Trainee Testimonial

"The ARTOP program at the University of Michigan has been an ideal research training experience. The collaborative environment amongst clinicians and researchers has allowed me to participate in novel and impactful basic science, translational  and clinical research. This program has prepared me well in achieving my goal of becoming a productive physician-scientist."

Andrew Birkeland, M.D.


ARTOP Residency Program Fact Sheet and Application