Training of the next generation of academic researchers is integral to the Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin. Various research programs within the department provide training opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Our opportunities include basic, translational, and clinical research experiences. A broad range of interdisciplinary scientific conferences ensures that researchers and trainees have ample opportunity for interaction and collaboration with individuals in various other laboratories. The Department of Surgery is also home to three formal research training programs funded by the National Institutes of Health.