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Surgical Resident Research

The Department of Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) offers residents a quality research and academic enrichment experience building on a long tradition which has been translated into new knowledge and procedures that benefit all. Research conducted at BWH has been recognized by many honors including the Nobel Prize.

Building on generations of success, the Department of Surgery initiated a structured surgical research program for trainees in 2010 founded on several important principles:

  • Programmatic structure to support the development of universal research skills and functions for a variety of academic/research focuses
  • Timeless framework for excellence
  • A system as low impact on trainees, faculty, and staff as possible
  • Plan that is competitive for extramural funding as a worthwhile and important educational experience
  • Experience that sustains the long standing BWH culture that research skills beyond clinical training is an integral component of the BWH surgical residency

Surgical Resident Research Council Administration

Director of Resident Research, Keith Ozaki, MD, whose activities include introduction of the program at medical student interview days and intern orientation, construction of the research core curriculum education, periodic program evaluations, and evaluations of individual trainee progress and mentors.

BWH Surgical Resident Research Council membership includes Program Director, Director of Resident Research, one resident in their research experience, PI of all BWH Surgical NIH Training Grants, Center for Surgery and Public Health Administration Designee, Surgical Educator, VA Surgical Researcher, Children's Hospital Boston representative and Department of Surgery Research Administrative Director.

Program Guidelines

  • The BWH Surgical Resident Research Council must approve all proposed resident research tours prior to initiation. Moonlighting is permitted in moderation with the approval of the mentor.
  • Please review BWH Department of Surgery Funding Policy.
  • Mentors will be designated by the BWH Surgical Resident Research Council for residents without a clear plan.
  • Modifications in the contract (e.g., tour dates) must receive prior approval of the BWH Surgical Resident Research Council.
  • Please review the Post-Doctoral Fellow Statement of Training and Resources.

General Timetable Example

  • March: Letter of introduction sent to categorical students
  • June: Introduction session during intern orientation
  • First six internship months: one-on-one meetings to determine mentors, funding strategies
  • Winter of the first year: initial proposal presented to Surgical Resident Research Council; plan will be evaluated on personal, professional, economic criteria, and how well it fits with the overall goals/resources of the department
  • By end of internship year delineation of research tour timing
  • One year before research tour commences: final proposal presented to Surgical Resident Research Council. Statement of Training and Resources to be signed by trainee, mentor, Director of Resident Research, and Vice-Chair of Research
  • Throughout year: trainee works with mentor on funding applications



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