According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cancer is the number two leading cause of death in the United States. Innovative cancer treatments are made possible first through research. However, a decline in the number of physician scientists will impact our nation’s capacity to translate research from bench to bedside, and thus impact our ability to treat cancer. Nevertheless, it has been demonstrated that the integration of a two-year research experience into general surgery residency increases the likelihood that surgeons will pursue academic careers. Utilizing this model, the University of Wisconsin Surgical Oncology Research Training Program is training general surgery residents to pursue academic surgery careers with a focus on research in various areas of cancer.
With over twenty trainers whose expertise range from breast cancer to liver cancer, we provide trainees with a wide range of research opportunities. The program’s goal is to increase the number of surgeons pursuing academic careers in fields related to surgical oncology with the ability to translate research from bench to bedside. Through this two-year post-doctoral research training experience, we provide training in the conduct of basic, translational, health services, and clinical surgical oncology research. Through participation in an individual and tailored didactic mentoring program utilizing the extensive resources of the UW Department of Surgery, UW Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC), the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, we are able to integrate surgical oncology research into a general surgery residency program and equip each trainee with appropriate supplemental experiences in basic, translational, and clinical research. We hope to foster the development of physician-scientists and academic leaders in the field of surgery with a focus on oncology-related research, and to expand the pool of surgeon-scientists with comprehensive training in health services research.
~ Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH