Our thoughts: Improving general surgery resident preparedness for dedicated research time

Surgical residents who participate in formal research programs are more likely to pursue careers in academic surgery1,2 and achieve greater success3–5; however, residents often feel under-supported and perceive inadequate structure during dedicated research time (DRT).2,6 At our institution, residents enter DRT after their PGY-2 year and train in a variety of diverse research disciplines. While this breadth of research interests is desirable, the range of prior individual experiences and offered paths contributes to a lack of standardized education on basic research principles.

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