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Research

The University of Washington School of Medicine is an internationally renowned research institution and regularly ranks in the top 10 for NIH funding. The Department of Surgery provides a breadth of extraordinary basic science, translational, clinical research and global surgery opportunities integrated into the resident training experience. We are committed to supporting residents with diverse research interests and mentor them to fulfill their personal and professional goals. The Department of Surgery website features both current and past resident research projects.  Specific areas of investigative interest for our faculty members can be viewed on our Department of Surgery Research Reports.

We offer two different tracks aimed to tailor the training experience to each individual resident’s research and career goals.

Salary funding during the research years is primarily funded through extramural awards and NIH training grants. The University of Washington is home to many NIH-funded research fellowship programs, including the NIDDK-funded T32 Gastrointestinal Surgical Outcomes Research Postdoctoral Fellowship. Our surgery residents have been extraordinarily successful in competing for partner T32 awards and the NIH funded Fogarty Fellowship at the University of Washington in the areas of cancer epidemiology, engineering, cardiology, gastroenterology, pediatric injury, and global surgery. Additionally, there are a number of funded investigators and labs in both the Department of Surgery and partner departments offering opportunities to join ongoing, funded projects. In addition to extramural funding, additional research support is provided by the John and Helen Schilling Surgery Resident Research Endowment.

Given the plethora of research-related resources available, over 95% of our residents perform their research at the University of Washington. Requests for research or additional degrees to be performed at another institution are reviewed on a case-by- case basis. Residents are free to moonlight during the research years, provided it does not interfere with their research responsibilities.