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Research Curriculum

The UCSF Surgical residency has the goal of developing residents to ask critical questions in areas of interest and to develop the skills needed to pursue answers to these questions. The curriculum begins in the PGY 1 year and spans the PGY 2-3 years and through the research years. Through this curriculum the resident will be able to: 

Objectives 

  1. Identify research resources at UCSF
  2. Have skills in the research process
  3. Develop successful grant writing skills
  4. Identify feasible and doable research projects
  5. Submit a grant 
  6. Conduct research
  7. Work successfully with a research mentor
  8. Have financial support during the research years
  9. Present both in presentation and publication research process and results
  10. Develop a curriculum vita designed to incorporate all research activities. 

To meet these goals the program uses a combination of strategies. The annual Resident Research Day provides a great forum to learn about the diverse opportunities. An editor within the department offers workshops on writing research grants for the residents and provides editorial review. Clinical advisors and the Research Committee are both actively involved in overseeing residents' progress in developing research plan, as well as informing residents about opportunities and introducing residents to the faculty who do research and to the experiences of residents in the research years.

The timeline below by PGY year summarizes the structure offered by the department for resident research preparation, as well as oversight responsibilities. 
 

Timeframe

PGY Year

Activity

Description

Oversight

June/July

PGY1

Introduction to research

Dr. Stock introduces research objectives and policies

Clinical advisors assigned

Dr. Stock

Ongoing

PGY1

Exploration of research interests

Residents meet regularly with clinical advisors to explore research interests.

Residents get involved in small research projects with the guidance and direction of clinical advisor.

Clinical advisor

Ongoing

PGY2-PGY3

Research involvement in early years

In collaboration with clinical and/or research advisor, residents prepare at least one clinical or research paper/abstract for submission each academic year. 

Clinical advisor

Summer

PGY2

Presentation of preliminary research plans

Residents present preliminary research plans to Research Committee, describing possible directions, research advisors being considered, and research pathway committment.

Clinical advisor

Research Committee

Fall

PGY2

Finalize research advisors and planning funding

Residents finalize research advisor

Residents prepare preliminary grant/funding applications

 

Clinical advisor

Assigned Research Committee members

December

PGY2

Grant Writing Workshop 1

Preliminary Grant Writing Workshop with Pam Derish & Dr. Stock

 

Spring

PGY2

Grant Writing Workshop 2

Final Grant Writing Workshop with Pam Derish - residents come ready to finalize grant/funding applications

 

Clinical/Research advisors

Assigned Research Committee members

May PGY2

PGY2

Presentation of research plans

Residents present update to Research Committee, including overview of research plans, finalized research advisor, and planned funding/grant applications.

 

Clinical/Research advisors

Research Committee

Fall/Winter

PGY3

Research funding applications

Residents apply for research funding

 

Clinical/Research advisors

Assigned Research Committee members

March

PGY3

Presentation of finalized research plans

Residents present finalized research plans and funding to Research Committee.

 

Clinical/Research advisors

Research Committee

December

Research Years

Applicant Interviews

Residents present research during Applicant Interviews

Research advisor 

Spring

Research Years

 Research Day

Residents submit abstracts and present their work during annual Resident Research Symposium.

 

Research advisor

Research Committee

Revised 12/5/2016

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