Center for Surgical Training and Research Fellowship

The Center for Surgical Training and Research (CSTAR) in the Michigan Medicine Department of Surgery has a 1- and 2-year surgical education research fellowship.

Dr. Varban instructing trainees
General Surgeons in the Operating Room.
Dr. Raghavendran and general surgery trainees

Program Overview

CSTAR fellows are passionate about surgical education research. In this fellowship, trainees will gain the ability to become independent surgical education investigators by intensive mentorship by CSTAR faculty and project-based learning on high-impact research projects.

Our researchers combine the best in traditional educational work (assessment, curriculum development, recruitment, leadership development, and faculty development) as well as several new, cross-disciplinary programs that:

  • Bridge the gap between surgical education research and health services research
  • Address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in surgical education
  • Apply improvement science methodologies to develop new national evidence-based standards for surgical training


During their CSTAR Fellowship, fellows will be immersed in the methods, challenges, and opportunities for the surgical education field. They will learn through the practical experience of working on multiple high-impact surgical education research projects. In addition, they will participate in both group and one-on-one coaching sessions on topics related to surgical education research. Most fellows also pursue a Masters in Health Professions Education or related degree.

Research & Academic Opportunities

Center for Surgical Training and Research researchers are uniquely positioned for high-impact work thanks to internal and external grant support and an all-star cast of mentors and staff. Furthermore, all CSTAR researchers, including CSTAR fellows, have unique access to multiple sources of learner and patient data not found at any other institution.

To apply, please send the following to [email protected]:

  • Cover letter, discussing: research interests, career goals, plan for achieving goals
  • Curriculum Vitae