On average, one of six residents spends one to two years in research after the PGY-3 year. This can be in either basic or clinical research, either at Allegheny General Hospital or off campus.
In addition to an optional research year, general surgery residents are required to do research with a faculty mentor throughout the course of their residency and present their work on Resident Research Day each spring. To aid in resident research, residents have access to computers dedicated for their exclusive use.
A variety of resources are available to support resident research, including the opportunity to partake in nationally conducted cancer research protocols, including those of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), whose office is located near Allegheny General Hospital. A variety of laboratory research projects/opportunities are also available through the Allegheny-Singer Research Institute.