Training & Grant Opportunities

Learn more about research training opportunities at the Department of Surgery.

Resident Academic Development Time (ADT)

Residents at the Department of Surgery receive dedicated time during their training to pursue academic interests without clinical responsibilities. This time is structured into majors and minors through our research centers and cores, which provide resources. All residents are funded during this time, and we partner with our T32 grants and the National Clinician Scholars Program for this funding.

Following academic development time, residents have the opportunity to apply to the CBATS Surgeon Scientist Accelerator Program for lab technician support to assist in continuing their research projects.

T32 Training Grants

  • Health Services Research Training: Trainees will work with the Center of Healthcare Outcomes and Policy to develop skills in assessing health system quality, safety, effectiveness, access, and costs.
  • Obesity Surgery Scientist TrainingThis program offers a basic mechanistic science track and a outcomes and health series research track to trainees hoping to build careers in the field of obesity surgery research.
  • Surgical Oncology Research Training: Surgical residents who are postdoctoral candidates interested in pursuing a career in academic medicine focused on surgical oncology will receive training providing both a basic science-focused and a outcomes-focused perspective.
  • Translational Research Training in Cardiovascular Science: This program provides a Basic & Translational Science track, Health Services Research track, and Biomedical Engineering track.


The Department of Surgery offers fellowships that provide in-depth surgical training in addition to designated time to explore research pursuits. Our fellowships span a wide range of specialties across the sections within the department, including a few that focus entirely on research projects. These research-specific programs include:

  • CSTAR FellowshipThis fellowship provides the opportunity to explore research projects related to surgery training research.
  • Global Surgery Fellowship: This fellowship trains future leaders in academic global surgery.
  • Health & Design Fellowship: This fellowship trains participants to be leaders in the domains of design, research and healthcare.
  • Pediatric Research Fellowship: This fellowship trains participants pursuing academic medicine in the expansive field of pediatric surgery research.
  • Surgical Innovation Fellowship: This fellowship aims to develop surgeon innovators who can develop impactful solutions for problems in surgery.

Undergraduate & Medical Student Opportunities

The University of Michigan offers a variety of opportunities for trainees at the undergraduate and medical student levels to expand their research skills. Department of Surgery faculty members partner with these programs and consistently work to expand the programs available to prepare trainees for a career in medicine and research.

Lab Experience

If you are interested in working in a department-affiliated lab or research group, please contact the Office of Research for more information about how to find a group that fits your research interests and how to partner with these groups.

Surgery Research Office

North Campus Research Complex (NCRC)
1600 Huron Pkwy, Building 520
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800