Learn more about the opportunities for training surgeon scientists offered by the Department of Surgery.

Research Training at the Department of Surgery

We train the future leaders of academic surgery at Michigan Medicine. Research training is essential to the skill set needed by modern surgeons, and our training program reflects this. We provide residents the opportunity a diverse selection of opportunities to develop their research skills during their residency. In addition, we offer research training opportunities for a wide range of audiences, from undergraduates to faculty members.

To further emphasize our focus on research training, the Department of Surgery gives residents dedicated time during their training to focus on developing their skills as surgeon scientists. Residents in the Department of Surgery will be allotted time during the fourth and fifth years of their training program to focus exclusively on academic interests. During this time, residents will have the time to pursue research without clinical responsibilities.

Explore Our Unique Training Opportunities:

Moses Gunn Research Conference

The annual Moses Gunn Research Conference celebrates the tradition of research and innovation in the Department of Surgery. It provides residents, fellows, research scientists, and medical students in the department with the chance to showcase their research projects with posters and presentations throughout the day. A keynote speaker gives the change for attendees to hear about innovative research being conducted at another institution leading the way in the field of academic surgery as well.

Academic Development Time

Residents in the Department of Surgery have protected academic development time (ADT) during their residency program, spanning one to two years depending on the program. During this time, residents can pursue academic interests without clinical responsibilities. Funding during this time is guaranteed, and residents are supported with mentorship resources and a majors and minors structure to guide their academic development time.

Centers & Initiatives

The Department of Surgery includes research centers and initiatives that provide a community for faculty members, residents, and staff from throughout the department and across campus to come together and collaborate on research efforts. The centers provide a wide variety of events for members weekly meetings, social events, and seminars to give researchers a chance to get to know one another and become familiar with each other's work.