The IU School of Medicine Department of Surgery is deeply committed 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 IU School of Medicine include:
Those residents who pursue our Global Health Research Fellowship are expected to complete their Master's in Public Health (MPH) through the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, which is also at no cost to the resident.
Those residents who pursue the 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 housing cost for on-site courses. Due to elevated costs with the program being out-of-state, residents who pursue this opportunity do incur a cost of around $10,000. Up to 8 elective courses can be taken at IU School of Medicine, which can decrease the overall cost to the resident.
A minimum of two years in the lab is required when choosing any of these research pathways. PhD degrees are possible with advanced planning.