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The Surgical Education Research Program studies the process by which we train future surgeons and surgical leaders. Our focus areas include surgical simulation, conflict management, robotic surgical curriculum, and surgery work hours as well as other educational interests.

The UAB Department of Surgery is committed to developing the next generation of surgical scientists. Faculty mentor and provide valuable research experiences for undergraduate students, medical students, graduate students and post-doctoral research fellows. The Department of Surgery also maintains several formal research training programs designed to encourage trainees to explore research careers and obtain experience that is critical to the development of surgeon-scientists. The UAB Surgical Oncology Research Training Program provides two-year research fellowships for surgeon trainees with an emphasis on tailored cancer research training. Additionally, summer research training opportunities are available for high school students, undergraduates and medical students.

Pre-College Research Internship for Students from Minority Backgrounds (PRISM)

PRISM provides high school students who are interested in careers in healthcare and medicine with a mentored summer research experience. Students explore careers in the field of surgery and learn the critical role that research plays in improving patient care and patient outcomes.

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Surgery Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

The eight-week summer SURE program provides undergraduate students with research experience, encourages them to consider careers in academic surgery and increases their competitiveness for admission to medical school.

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Short-Term Research Experiences Advancing Medical Students (STREAMS)

The Department of Surgery encourages medical students to enhance their training through research experience. Mentored research opportunities are available through the STREAMS program in basic science, translational, clinical, outcomes and education research.

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Surgical Oncology Research Training Program

The NIH T32-funded UAB Surgical Oncology Research Training Program provides promising surgeon-scientists with the opportunity for comprehensive, mentored translational and health services research training. The training program fosters the development of knowledge, competence, skills, professional attitudes and experience required for successful academic careers in surgical oncology research.

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