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Program Description

For over a quarter century, the NIH T32 Research Training Grant in Gastrointestinal Surgery has supported the training of general surgeons who treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. The program, led by Hobart W. Harris, M.D., M.P.H., Professor and Chief of the Division of General Surgery, provides rigorous training to three general surgery residents who will spend two (occasionally three) years engaged in full-time research. General surgery residents chose one of three focus areas or  tracks: preclinical, clinical or translational research.

Each resident will train with a group of carefully matched faculty mentors who will design individually tailored programs that encompasses a base curriculum and specialized training in one of the focus areas. This approach is designed to enable trainees to mature into independent investigators who can be clinically productive while also making contributions to the practice and science of gastrointestinal surgery.

Curriculum Overview

During the program, trainees will have no required clinical responsibilities that will compete with the time and effort expended toward their specific training program. 

The base curriculum includes didactic courses in biostatistics, scientific writing, grantsmanship, research ethics and communication. In addition, the curriculum includes more specialized didactic training, including courses in clinical trial design, database management and fundamentals of bio-entrepreneurship.

At the conclusion of the two-year fellowship, each trainee will have participated in a series of prescribed and elective didactic courses, given research presentations at local and national meetings, and written at least two abstracts, two original manuscripts and a grant application.

The  training program will provide general surgery residents with thorough training in preclinical, clinical, or translational research, training that will empower them to become tomorrow's leaders in academic surgery and to devote substantial effort to applied research focused on surgical problems involving the gastrointestinal system.

Evaluation of Trainees and Mentors

The Research Committee of the Department of Surgery and the T32 Training Executive Committee will evaluate the trainees, their laboratory mentors and the didactic components of the training program.

The Research Committee, chaired by Dr. Peter G. Stock, will actively participate in overseeing the trainees and their laboratory mentors. The Research Committee collaborates with the Executive Committee in overseeing the research training of program participants, including UCSF general surgery residents, and those from the UCSF East Bay Surgery Program and other institutions who have elected to pursue their research training at UCSF.

Related Links

Message from the Director
History of the T32 GI Training Grant

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