Opportunities

CSTAR is a community of surgical education researchers who are interested in advancing the field through high-impact research, mentorship, and educational quality improvement. 

Vascular Surgery trainees in the simulation center
Resident instructing at clinical simulation center
Surgical team in the operating room

Get Involved

At CSTAR, we bring together a wide audience with a range of expertise, including students, residents, trainees, staff, and faculty members from across the University of Michigan and around the country, to better investigate and expand the field of surgical education research. Our community offers opportunities for members to collaborate and discuss current projects in this space, while providing connections and resources to further enrich research pursuits. Our events reflect this commitment. While CSTAR is primarily based in the Department of Surgery, anyone at the University of Michigan is welcome to become a member.

The CSTAR workshops are one of the hour-long, weekly meetings offered by the center.

During the workshops, a member presents work they have produced in connection to their research, such as an abstract, grant specific aims, presentation, poster, etc. CSTAR members then provide insight and feedback on how to enhance the project.

The CSTAR community forums are one of the hour-long, weekly meetings offered by the center.

The forums include multiple quick presentations, ranging from 5 to 10 minutes, by CSTAR members about the work they are doing. Members are all invited to present project updates, questions, new research ideas, etc. to discuss with the group during these meetings.

CSTAR holds an annual spring symposium to discuss education research. Notable scholars in surgical education are invited to present foundational and innovative ideas. Faculty members, students, and residents have the opportunity to present their work, from pilot to large scale projects, in the surgical education research field.

CSTAR hosts a seminar series on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month from 1 to 2 PM EST. The series is open to anyone interested in surgical education research, and it includes practical learning opportunities led by experts in the field. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how to successfully carry out surgical education research and the principles on which the field is built. For questions about the CSTAR seminar series, please email Katie Vogel, CSTAR Administrative Specialist, at kmvogel@med.umich.edu.
 

2021 Seminar Series Schedule

  • January 18, 2021: Developing a research question: Finding the gap, conceptual frameworks - Laura Mazer, MD, MS
  • February 1, 2021: Planning a project: How to do a paper sprint - Andrew Ryan, PhD
  • February 15, 2021: General needs assessment: Literature review
  • March 1, 2021: Targeted needs assessment: Survey design - Niki Matusko, MS
  • March 15, 2021: Targeted needs assessment: Introduction to qualitative research methods, data collection, interviews/focus groups - Mary Byrnes, PhD
  • April 5, 2021: Scholarly goals and objectives - Dan Kendrick, MD
  • April 19, 2021: Learning theories
  • May 3, 2021: Simulation-based learning and research - Laura Mazer, MD, MS
  • May 17, 2021: Validity evidence - Ed Lee
  • June 7, 2021: Introduction to assessment - John Norcini
  • June 21, 2021: Program Evaluation - Brian George, MD, MAEd
  • July 5, 2021: Curricular or program implementation
  • July 19, 2021: Q&A: How to be successful in academic surgery as an education researcher - Gary Dunnington, MD

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The CSTAR Fellowship is 1- and 2-year surgical education research fellowship. Fellows will gain experience in the techniques, challenges, and opportunities of the surgical education field.

The fellowship aims to prepare trainees to become independent surgical education researchers through working on high-impact research projects with CSTAR faculty.

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Contact Us

Please reach out to us with any questions about becoming a member or our annual symposium. For more information or to join the CSTAR mailing list, please email cstar-info@umich.edu.

Dr. Brian C. George, director of CSTAR, shares the drive behind his work in education research.