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How is the research year organized?
The research year is conducted between the PGY2 and PGY3 years. While on research, the residents will periodically cover general surgery call at EAMC about one night per week on average. The residents participate in both clinical and basic science research in conjunction with the surgery faculty at EAMC as well as PhD investigators at the Department of Clinical Investigation (DCI) located on Fort Gordon. Generally, residents are actively participating in at least 4 projects simultaneously which include projects they have initiated as well as projects they have “inherited” from previous residents. Residents are offered a wide variety of fields of research and are afforded the opportunity to select which project fields they are most interested in and then discuss with the program’s Director of Resident Research.
Are there changes in leadership expected?
There are no anticipated changes in residency leadership for several years nor are there any expected significant changes in the faculty composition for several years.
What changes are expected in the program curriculum?
The program staff and residents meet annually to conduct a Program Evaluation in which the entire curriculum including the rotation schedule and academic schedule is reviewed and discussed. As such, the program curriculum is subject to change at any time in order for it to remain flexible and adaptable. Additionally, the Program Director is regularly evaluating the residents’ educational experiences through both direct feedback as well as evaluations in order to periodically intervene and make modifications when appropriate in order to achieve the best results.