Medical Student Research

Research is an integral part of the Department of Surgery, and reflects a major commitment by the department to advance the field. Current areas of interest include basic research in fields as diverse as the immunobiology of sepsis, the formation of intraperitoneal adhesions and the molecular analysis of neoplasia.  In addition, our Clinical Research Program is comprehensive and supports every aspect of clinical research conduct. This includes NIH, pharmaceutical and device company sponsored clinical trials, quality improvement studies and many investigator initiated clinical research projects.

Getting in to a surgery residency program is very competitive. It is never too early to start building your resume by adding a research component. Faculty members in the Department of Surgery are committed to mentoring the next generation of academic surgeons and we welcome approaches from medical students with a serious interest in surgery and surgical research.

How To Get Involved In A Surgery Research Project

Identify Your Area(s) Of Interest:
This may be a particular specialty (Vascular, Thoracic, Acute Care etc.) or a general type of research (basic science, translational projects, clinical studies, quality improvement, outcomes etc.). Discuss your interests with one of the Surgery research liaisons who will be able to then help you identify suitable faculty members or current surgery residents to contact. You can also review the list of faculty member research interests  and projects in order to identify those with overlapping interests.

Talk to a Medical Student Liaison:
Medical students interested in pursuing research in Surgery should first talk with the Medical Student Surgery Research Liaisons in order to learn more about the types of research available, the time commitment required and for general guidance. Our purpose is to facilitate mentorship between student and faculty advisor. Please contact the medical student surgical research liaisons instead of faculty members directly in order to minimize excess emails to faculty. Below is a flowsheet of the process of matching to a project.

Medical Student Surgery Research Liaisons:

Sherif Aly: sshawky@bu.edu
Tess Timmes: ttimmes@bu.edu
Michal Plocienniczak: plocienn@bu.edu
Matt Peacock: mpeacock@bu.edu

Click here to view the flowsheet