Academic Development Time or ADT is a unique feature of the Michigan General Surgery Residency Program, and offers residents the opportunity to pursue a range of academic interests, including:
- Basic science research
- Translational research
- Clinical / outcomes research
- Additional degrees
- Additional clinical training
- A year-long Surgery Leadership Development Program
Most residents take this academic time after their third year of clinical training, when they have substantial clinical maturity and a good idea of their professional goals. Your first three years of residency provide an opportunity to get familiar with research being done in the department, develop relationships with primary investigators, and finalize a proposal for your own research.
During your ADT, you’ll be paired with a primary mentor in your area of interest, who will also provide regular feedback. You will also have access to dedicated statistical support for resident-driven projects.
For residents interested in careers in academic surgery, this ADT period is invaluable in developing the skills in scholarship and grant preparation that you’ll need as a faculty member.