Residents regularly collaborate with faculty members on basic science and/or clinical research projects. Residents receive departmental support to present their research findings at regional and national meetings. For example, residents frequently present their research work at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, SAGES, Kansas Chapter- American College of Surgeons, Breast Cancer Challenge, and the Southwestern Surgical Congress.
Select residents are given the opportunity for dedicated research time at the University of Kansas (1 to 2 years).
A research coordinator is available within the Department of Surgery to assist residents with research study design, IRB application process, statistical analysis, and manuscript preparation.
Two productive basic science laboratories within the Department of Surgery are currently available to interested residents:
- Dr. Joshua Mammen evaluates the signaling mechanisms of natural compounds on melanoma stem cells.
- Dr. John Wood and Dr. Michael Moncure examine mechanisms of microvascular inflammation in systemic hypoxia and hemorrhagic shock.
Research education is a part of the weekly resident education series, with one session every month devoted to research didactics. PGY-2 residents attend a weekly seminar for the first half of the year devoted to formal education in research.
For more information on current research projects and publications in the department, see the Surgery Meet Our Experts page.