To add to the clinical experience, residents have the option of devoting 24 months or more to basic science, clinical outcomes and/or translational research. Research experience is not mandatory but is elected by most residents and is strongly recommended for those planning a career in academic surgery.
The diverse research interests of our general surgery faculty include NIH-funded work in bacterial virulence, tumor immunology, molecular biology, as well as gene therapy of gastrointestinal malignancy and endocrine tumors. Ongoing clinical research includes participation in national cooperative trials of breast cancer, upper and lower gastrointestinal cancer, evaluation of inflammatory bowel disease and outcomes analysis in obese and critically ill patients.
Our residents are highly encouraged to submit their research presentations at national and regional meetings and conferences, including the annual Huggins Symposium here at the University of Chicago Medicine. Residents may choose to take additional time during their residency to pursue one or more of the following opportunities: