Surgical residents in the UF Department of Surgery have the unique opportunity to take time away from their clinical responsibilities after the completion of their PGY2 year to gain experience and training in the basic sciences. Typically, the residents have a choice to matriculate onto either of two NIH National Research Service Award T32 Postdoctoral Training Grants that are dedicated to training surgeon scientists in the basic sciences.
Dedicated time for research allows residents additional leverage to utilize resources offered by the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) for career development, including grant writing workshops, a mentor academy, and the K college, which is a monthly seminar series that provides support, opportunities and resources for career development in clinical and translational research. In addition, the department has a monthly research conference, a journal club, and dedicated statistical support for projects, all of which complement the research experience. Our residents are encouraged and supported in acquiring their own research funding and NIH Loan Repayment for their research time. Combined with a strong publication record, the research experience surgical residents gain at the University of Florida provides a solid foundation for fellowships, professorships, and funding opportunities at the highest national level.