An abundance of clinical material makes possible the opportunity for all residents to pursue clinical research. Under the tutelage of the full-time faculty, residents are taught the use of a national computer database available within the Department. Residents are required to prepare research papers using the medical literature and institutional clinical material, and the progress of such papers is reviewed monthly by the departmental Research Committee. Opportunities also exist for resident collaboration with Directors of the subspecialty areas in their areas of research interest.
Among the areas of research for which there are particularly large amounts of clinical material are:
- Cancer surgery
- Multidisciplinary cancer treatment
- Trauma surgery
- Endoscopic surgery
- Vascular surgery
- Plastic and microvascular surgery
Residents are also encouraged to pursue their own, unique ideas for research. Based upon the clinical area chosen, appropriate attending preceptors can be chosen for collaboration on each project. Papers for publication in major surgical journals are of greatest interest, but reviews and interest pieces for electronic publication on the Internet are also encouraged.
When scheduling and funding permit, arrangements can be made for residents to spend dedicated time in laboratory research at our affiliate, The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.
The Health Education Library at NYHQ houses more than 450 journal titles, 5,000 bound volumes, and 10,000 textbooks. There are interlibrary loan capabilities, as well as extensive audiovisual facilities and computer capabilities. Residents have 24-hour access from the medical floors to our in-house Medline database and online medical textbooks.
The Department is equipped to make slides and has other audiovisual aides available for presentations at local and regional symposia. The co-Directors of the Division of Plastic Surgery also maintain sophisticated desktop publishing, presentation production, and computer capabilities, and these are available as resources to interested residents.