Maine Medical Center
Surgeons prepping for an operation


Both faculty and residents are engaged in lifelong learning pursuits ranging from presenting at grand rounds to grant-funded clinical and educational studies. Faculty interests are diverse, and interested residents can find mentors in many areas of investigation. MMC is also affiliated with a world-class research center, MaineHealth Institute for Research (MHIR) that is home to a wide variety of basic science and clinical labs.

At the resident level, required surgeon-scholar activities are as follows:

  • All residents are required to participate in Journal Clubs.
  • At the PGY2 level, residents complete a two day Clinical and Translational Research course and then have a one month research elective.
  • At the PGY4 level, residents give a grand rounds presentation (50 minutes) on a topic of their choosing.
  • At the PGY5 level, residents participate in our Annual Spring Surgical Symposium and present on a topic of their interest.

As residents progress in their training and develop their clinical interests, they are encouraged to take part in formal research projects that can then be presented at a meeting as a poster or podium talk. Residents whose presentations are accepted receive departmental funding to support their trip.