Surgery Websites
Surgery Education Portal »  Research

Surgical Education Research


Jason Pomerantz - 144

Patricia O'Sullivan.jpg

Resident Research Website

Co-Chairs of Research Committee: Elizabeth C. Wick, M.D.Jason H. Pomerantz, M.D.
Surgical Educator: Patricia O'Sullivan, Ed.D.

The Department of Surgery supports a resident to focus on surgical education research. This resident also supports the skills laboratory educational program for both residents and students. We have had a surgical education research fellow participate on the team. This is a person who has formal training in education (masters or doctoral degree) along with surgery.

Educational research spans a wide range of endeavors including learner motivation, instructional strategies, cognition and assessment. To conduct this research in UCSF we have a team of surgical education researchers, curricular options and research projects. This is an important opportunity to make improvements in the way surgeons are prepared to meet the challenges of the future. Surgical education research is growing as an area of critical importance and UCSF is positioned to lead in this area.

To accommodate the diversified academic interests of our residents, we have developed five broad research pathways modeled after the GME "Pathways to Discovery" program. Each has a designated pathway leader who is responsible for meeting with and advising residents interested in that research area. Pathway leaders are members of the resident research committee. 

Pam Derish

Scientific Publications Office

Scientific Publications Manager: Pamela Derish, M.A.

For scientists forging academic careers, publication documents both their intellectual property and their productivity. The Department of Surgery's Scientific Publications Office provides scientific writing instruction, individual writing consultations, and editorial review for faculty, fellows, and residents, with the goals of enhancing their chances of obtaining extramural grant funding and publishing their work.

Many scientists did not set out to become writers, but research is not complete until it has been submitted to a peer-reviewed journal, and funding for research cannot be obtained without a skillful blend of technical and nontechnical writing that is targeted to the reviewers. Fortunately, scientific writing is based on fundamental principles that can be learned and practiced.  The Scientific Publications Office offers an intensive scientific writing course twice a year, in the Fall and Spring.  For more information about the course, click on the link above.  Editorial review and consultation is also available for Department of Surgery faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and residents.

Site Directory