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Program Overview


This program is designed to expose students to the fundamentals of performing clinical research.

Students will actively engage in research by working on existing projects led by surgeon and medical student mentors. Research projects vary from clinical database studies to clinical trials, and translational research studies. Students will work with their mentors to establish their role in an existing research project. A significant portion of the student’s time will be spent engaged in a research project.

During the first three weeks of the internship, students are required to complete a background report on the disease related to the research study they will work on with their mentors. This report will help them familiarize themselves with the topic of their research and help them place their research study into a larger context. Students will also be required to give an oral and poster presentation on their research project.


In addition to research, structured enrichment activities will be provided each week to expose students to a variety of opportunities and experiences in surgery and the academic community at the University of Wisconsin. Students will learn about the field of surgery and the training required to become a surgeon as well as other careers in surgery and healthcare. Some of these activities include: tours of our clinical and research facilities, weekly seminars on topics important to clinical research, remote observation of operating room cases, and surgical skills training sessions in our state-of-the-art simulation center. Students will also attend research seminars with medical students and see presentations of medical student research projects.

The program currently accepts seven students per year. PEOPLE students as well as students from the Madison-area are encouraged to apply. For more information on eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit the corresponding Application Process section of this website. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System