While we believe dedicated academic time is important to the professional development of our residents, our flexibility during this period is one of the hallmarks of our program. In the past 10 years, residents have pursued advanced degrees at Columbia and other institutions, worked on basic science, translational and outcomes-based projects, completed clinical fellowships (critical care, ECMO), and initiated the surgical education fellowship at Columbia. Others have completed their clinical training without a break.
Funding for academic time can be obtained within the Department of Surgery as well as from other institutions and sources.
For those wishing to stay close to home, Columbia's Department of Surgery has a strong history of research, and the Department's Division of Surgical Science is currently carrying out a broad range of research projects, including vascular biology, ischemia/reperfusion injury, organ preservation, neurodegenerative diseases, and blood coagulation. In addition, there are several clinical research units which provide an environment combining clinical and laboratory investigation. Please see the links above to learn more about specific research opportunities within the Department of Surgery.
Affiliated with Columbia University Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital and providing other potential collaborative relationships for residents is the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute designated comprehensive cancer center. There are more than 200 basic, translational, and clinical researchers at the HICCC in eight research programs that have won more than $95 million in peer-reviewed cancer research funding. Of note, the HICCC also provides essential shared resources to all investigators at CUMC, including but not limited to, biomarkers, biostatistics, biomedical informatics, confocal and specialized microscopy, clinical research, flow cytometry, database building and management, molecular cytogenics and epigenetics, molecular pathology, small animal imaging, and transgenic mouse services.
In support of resident research, the Department of Surgery has a number of internal grants available specifically for residents working on projects at Columbia University Medical Center. Each year, between $30,000 and $50,000 in research money is awarded to Columbia surgical residents. There are also multiple internal grants specific to Columbia University and available to young investigators that are designed to fund small projects in preparation for application to extramural funding. All projects conducted by residents at CUMC are eligible for entry into a yearly Resident Research Competition where individual residents are awarded prize money for excellence in academic research.