All residents are encouraged to participate in research during their residency. Research methodology is considered essential to being a complete physician, as the lessons learned in the process can be applied in many different arenas. The process of discovery is as important as discovery itself. While a year (or more) in the lab is not required, most residents take this opportunity.
Research areas vary from clinical outcomes to the most basic of basic science. Most residents will participate in research at the University of Utah, though if an opportunity is identified outside of Utah it is reasonable to pursue it. There are also unique opportunities that are available during the research year, including obtaining an advanced degree (MPH, MBA) or participating in a rural surgery project.
Our residents have been very successful with their research, with numerous recent awards for presentations. They have presented at all the major surgical meetings. Travel to meetings is supported by the Division of General Surgery and Faculty Sponsors for presentations.