Research is a fundamental part of resident education. With the fast pace of innovations and advancements in understanding the basic science behind and practice of patient care, surgeons in the 21st century must be able to critically evaluate and participate in scientific studies. The best way to understand the processes of research is to actually do it. We do not want to limit resident research involvement to basic science bench work. On the contrary, for most surgeons clinical and translational research will be most important in their careers.
Every categorical resident is required to take a fully funded year off from clinical duties between their second and third years to perform research. The University of Vermont School of Medicine has a plethora of opportunities in basic science, translational, and clinical research. All surgeons must be able to understand the implications of bench research to their clinical practice. To aid in this, residents who do their year of research at the University of Vermont, regardless of what type of research project they are working on, are also enrolled in graduate school classes to earn a certificate in translational research. Additionally, for the past two years, a resident has remained at Danbury Hospital to work on our clinical quality improvement initiatives. These residents are directly involved in the analysis of outcomes data and designing and implementing processes to improve patient outcomes in all areas of surgery.
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