The IU School of Medicine Department of Surgery has a tremendous commitment to research in areas of clinical and translational sciences, global health, and surgical education. Research allows the team to identify solutions to clinical problems and bring evidence-based approaches to the bedside that benefit patients.
Surgery residents have an opportunity to participate in an optional research fellowship after their second or third clinical year of residency. For those who commit to research within the department, a minimum of two years is required and completion of an advanced degree is highly encouraged. Advanced degrees pursued within Indiana University come at zero cost to the resident. Advanced degrees pursued by our surgery residents at Indiana University include:
Those residents that pursue our Global Health Research Fellowship, they are expected to complete their MPH through the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, also at no cost to the resident
Those residents that pursue our Surgical Education Research Fellowship are required to complete a Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) program. Currently, this is not a degree that Indiana University provides so our research fellows pursue their MPHE online through the University of Illinois-Chicago MPHE program. A stipend of up to $40,000 is provided as well as cost of housing for on site courses is provided. Due to elevated costs with the program being out-of-state, residents that pursue this opportunity do incur a cost of around $10,000. Up to 8 elective courses can be taken on the IU School of Medicine Campus, which can decrease the overall cost to the resident.
A minimum of 2 years in the lab is required when choosing any of our research pathways. PhD degrees are possible with advanced planning.