Research Opportunities for Residents

There is a strong tradition of research among the residents at the University of Virginia. Residents spend one to three years working in a basic or clinical science laboratory. Some even seize the opportunity to receive a Masters in Public Health or Clinical Sciences during this time.

Resident research can only thrive with appropriate mentorship. The faculty of the University of Virginia Department of Surgery are committed to research in their own careers as well as to helping residents develop as surgeon-scientists.

Categorical residents are required to submit a research proposal in the winter and present their topic during Resident Research Day in April as a poster or an oral presentation. Pre-existing work is acceptable, but we also encourage novel research created for research day. Resident’s often have further opportunities to present and publish their work in other forums including presentations at local, regional, or national meetings and publication in peer reviewed journals.

We also encourage residents to submit their research primarily for presentation at professional society meetings. When a resident working with a surgery faculty mentor succeeds in getting an abstract accepted for presentation at a meeting, the resident is given the opportunity to travel to that meeting, present the work, and expenses related to this are covered.


  • Resident in a lab using a microscope
  • Resident in a lab looking into a microscope
  • Resident in a lab environment
  • Two residents in a laboratory environment
  • Two residents in a laboratory environment
  • Resident using a lab computer
  • Two residents with a faculty member looking into a microscope
  • Three residents with a faculty member working on the computer
  • Resident in lab writing on notepad

Surgery Faculty Research Interests

Application Info

Applications to our program are accepted through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS AAMC).