Surgery Resident Research Opportunities

UT Southwestern Medical Center is the ideal place for residents who are interested in research. According to the recently released Nature Index 2018 Annual TablesUT Southwestern Medical Center is the top institution within the ‘healthcare’ category internationally for publishing high-quality scientific research.

While the General Surgery clinical curriculum is traditionally structured over five years, residents at University of Texas Southwestern are given the option of pursing a research fellowship during their training. Typically taken after their third clinical year, residents may elect to pursue a one-, two-, or potentially even three-year research sabbatical to discover the inner workings of surgical academia, enhance their resumes, and further explore their interests. 

Residents in the past have opted to work in various environments, including but not limited to basic/translational science labs, clinical research, global health, and have pursued advanced degrees. As research must fit the desires of the mentee, the Department of Surgery supports a broad range of research foci, assuming key objectives and appropriate mentorship can be obtained.

Historically, four to five residents per year opt in for additional research years; however, the Department of Surgery has no specific mandated minimum or maximum amount of research spots. While encouraged to apply for independent funding through the grant process, residents are additionally supported by the department and principal investigator when required.

While research years are encouraged, no resident is ever mandated to spend additional years in the lab.

View current research residents.

View work from current and past research residents.

Research Projects by Division

General and Acute Care Surgery 
GI/Endocrine Surgery 
Pediatric Surgery 
Surgical Oncology 
Surgical Transplantation 
Vascular Surgery 
Global Surgery 
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