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.

Surgery Education Research

The Department of Surgery is committed to the training the leaders and best. Our team includes faculty members committed to researching and implementing the cutting edge of surgical training approaches. The Center for Surgical Training and Education and the Education Research Sciences Collaborative are established collaborations in the department for this research to be shared and developed across the department and across the country.

Surgical Innovation Development Program

The Surgical Innovation Development Accelerator Course (SIDAC) gives research projects focused on the field of surgery led by faculty members throughout the University of Michigan to learn more about developing their innovation for the market. Faculty and business experts offer advice as teams workshop their innovative projects during the span of the course. The top teams who present at a shark tank style Grand Rounds will be awarded funding from the Surgical Innovation Prize provided by the Michigan Promise.