Surgical Education Track

The University of Chicago has a strong commitment to training the next generation of medical educators and leaders in surgical education. During research years, surgery residents may participate in an educational research track under the mentorship and guidance of our faculty. Dr. Schindler leads this track and has a Masters in Health Professions Education. Residents will participate in designing, implementing and analyzing educational studies and developing and evaluating curriculum. Residents are expected to generate scholarly work that culminates in presentation and publication.

In addition to participating in educational research projects, residents may apply for the University of Chicago Medical Education Research, Innovation, Teaching and Scholarship (MERITS) fellowship. One- and two-year fellowships are offered. The MERITS program provides postgraduate fellows with the conceptual and practical skills required for successful future careers as medical education scholars and leaders. Fellows participate in a curriculum drawn from various fields to develop innovative teaching methods, and undertake successful program implementation and evaluation.

Residents will also have the opportunity to network with leaders in Surgical Education and to collaborate in multi-institutional educational studies. For residents interested in Surgical Simulation, the program includes two outstanding simulation centers: the NorthShore Grainger Center for Simulation and Innovation (GCSI) and the University of Chicago Simulation Center, both of which are Accredited Education Institutes by the American College of Surgeons. The GCSI Surgical Simulation Program, led by Dr. Michael Ujiki, MD, is at the leading edge of the rapidly expanding field of minimally invasive surgery. The center is a consistent source of surgical and educational innovation. 

Residents who choose not choose to interrupt their clinical training with a dedicated research experience have the option to pursue a less aggressive program in Medical Education: the GME Scholars track, offered by the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators. If accepted into this program, residents participate in on-line webinars to learn about curriculum development and evaluation and also participate in a mentored education project.

Both the GME Scholars program and the MERITS program require application. Residents who identify their interest in pursuing these programs should contact Dr. Schindler early to discuss how best to prepare for the application process.