Frequently Asked Questions regarding Resident Life in the TCV Surgery Lab
Q. What kinds of lab research are performed by Research
A. The research conducted here encompasses different topics and various techniques. Most of the research entails animal models and/or in vitro cell culture studies. We also have a strong molecular & cell biology component to our research, and various cell biology techniques are utilized such as flow cytometry, ELISA, microscopy, immunohistochemistry, histology, etc. Training is available constantly to teach Residents all of these techniques.
Q. What sort of projects other
than lab research can be done?
A. In addition to laboratory research, Research Residents usually have multiple other clinical projects/chart reviews/book chapters that are also running concurrently. Thus, the total number of concurrent projects can range from 2-5. Hence, we have a wide mix of different types of research.
Q. On average, how many
publications do Residents achieve during their time in the TCV
A. We are a productive lab, and most Residents come out of the lab with multiple publications (ranging from 5-10) including both clinical & research publications.
Q. What is the average number of
national or regional meetings attended or presented at?
A. All Residents are expected to submit and present their research at local, regional or national conferences. These presentations are either in oral or poster form. Residents usually attend 1-3 conferences per year. Visit our Research Conferences page for more info.
Q. What sort of daily schedule do
Research Residents work on?
A. Research residents are 100% lab research (i.e. no clinical responsibilities) during their tenure in the lab. Daily lab hours generally range from 8.00am - 5pm. However, the hours are quite flexible, as long as progress is made. The schedule also depends on the specific animal model used in the lab. Preparation time and experimental time varies, but usually do not go beyond a reasonable length.
Q. What other responsibilities are
there for the Residents during research training?
A. Another part of the lab experience is the teaching responsibilities that Residents partake in. This includes, but is not limited to, anatomy lab demonstratorship, suture workshop, tissue handling classes, didactic medical student teaching sessions, etc. In addition to this, it is the Research Resident's responsibility to administer prospective residency, lab and fellowship applicants. Residents are also responsible for hosting visiting professors which includes organizing formal presentations of our research.
Q. How many, and what kinds of
people work in the TCV Research Lab?
A. We have a wide variety of people in the lab at any given time. The attending surgeons (Drs. Kron, Kern, Ailawadi, and Lau) are very supportive and are available each day for discussions. Victor Laubach, PhD, Professor, is present daily in the lab to guide the Residents in the design and execution of research studies. Other personnel in the lab include Postdocs and students as well as laboratory technicians and staff who also assist with Resident research and training. A typical day will have about 10 people.
Q. What kinds of meetings are held
for Residents doing research?
A. Lab meetings are typically held weekly with all lab personnel including residents, staff, students and attending surgeons. This is where Residents can discuss their research and results and receive guidance and input from everyone at the meeting. In addition, a monthly lunch seminar is held where research residents from all labs at UVA come together in a large conference room to listen to two presentations: one is a "research-in-progress" presentation by a resident and the other is a "life skills" presentation by a faculty member.