“This program is a grassroots effort to develop a sustainable research experience for undergraduate students and give them experience with surgeons who are changing the face of surgery through their research. We hope to inspire young minds to contribute to science and encourage them as they look at the medical field for their future, and there is no greater specialty than surgery.”

- Dr. Misty Humphries

RESURG (Research Experience in Surgery) is a selective clinical research internship based in the UC Davis Medical Center's Department of Surgery.  Studies that we are working on range from the topics of critical limb ischemia, stem cell research, and trauma. As a RESURG Clinical Research Assistant with RESURG, you will learn about and engage in clinical research, work with clinicians, observe surgical procedures, and gain valuable professional skills. You will be responsible for a number of tasks including, but not limited to, data collection, surveying patients, and assessment of research projects as a whole.

 

We are looking for individuals who are driven, hardworking, creative, and effective communicators. This is a rigorous program that offers unique mentorship opportunities with experienced researchers and clinicians. Our goal is to train competent research professionals and to further students’ individual professional and educational goals.

  • Sutures vs. Staples: An analysis of Wound Closure Methods for Knee Amputations
    Research Classification: Retrospective
    Principal Investigator: Mimmie Kwong, MD & Matthew Mell, MD (co-PI)
    Research Assistants: Avni Suri (Lead); Leo Andrada (Lead)
    This research study compares the post-operative outcomes and closure techniques of both below-the-knee and above-the-knee amputations.  Data is currently being collected through EMR.

 

  • Improving Access to Care for Trauma Patients
    Research Classification: Prospective Human Subjects
    Principal Investigator: Joseph Galante
    Co-Principal Investigator: Marguerite Spruce
    Research Assistants: Anastasiya Ivanko (Lead) & Kevin Dinh
    The study aims to improve access to primary care services amongst trauma patients via inpatient counseling with or without referral to a free UC Davis student-run clinic to manage a chronic condition.  The project is currently screening and enrolling patients for the study.

 

  • Outcomes for Rural Patients with Lower Extremity Wounds
    Research Classification: Retrospective
    Principal Investigator: Misty Humphries, MD 
    Research Assistants: Angela Aguirre (Lead) & Aman Arora 
    The study aims to establish a benchmark for time to evaluation and time to treatment for patients with lower extremity wounds. The study is currently collecting benchmark data through EMR.

 

  • Patient Engagement and Outcomes for Vascular Conditions
    Research Classification: Retrospective
    Research Classification: Misty Humphries, MD
    Research Assistants: Amber Solt (current Lead), Marc Friedman (previous Lead)
    The aim of this study is to determine how patient activation affects outcomes for patients with vascular disease.  The project is currently screening and enrolling patients for the study.

 

  • Understanding Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
    Research Classification: Retrospective
    Principal Investigator:
    Misty Humphries, MD
    Research Assistants: Matthew Kim (Lead)
    The aim of this study is to identify factors associated with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and develop treatment algorithms for patients with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.
  • Clinical Research Assistant
    • The RESURG Clinical Research Assistant (CRA) will perform the following duties/tasks/responsibilities: RESURG program support, Department of Surgery research support, designated research and project leadership (if applicable), education, mentorship, clinical observation, and general compliance. The CRA will work directly with the Clinical Research Coordinator (RESURG Program Manager), Mentor-Trainer and Principal Investigator (if applicable), reporting directly to the RESURG Program Director. This position is an unpaid internship created to provide the CRA with the following experiences and opportunities: 1) education and experience in clinical research and 2) personal and professional development through mentorship.
  • Business Leadership Assistant
    • The RESURG Business Leadership Assistant (BLA) assist with program organization and research study management. The BLA position will entail a variety of functions and duties including but not limited to regulatory document organization, creation of training materials, maintaining RESURG communication, compliance management, scheduling, and data entry. The BLA will assist and work directly with the Clinical Research Coordinator (RESURG Program Manager) tasked with overseeing and managing the RESURG program. The BLA will report directly to the RESURG Program Director. This position is a non-paid internship created to provide the BLA with the following experiences and opportunities: 1) exposure to and experience in hospital work-flow and management, specifically in the area of clinical research, and 2) personal and professional development through mentorship.
  • Data Entry Specialist
    • Supports multiple projects and creates REDCap databases used for both Quality Improvement Projects and IRB approved Research studies.

The deadline for this upcoming cycle has passed and we are not currently taking in any new research assistants. We will be having openings for these positions in Spring 2020. Please check back on our site soon for the link to the application for the next cycle.

Train competent researchers while helping students achieve their professional and educational goals through early exposure and participation in medical research.

“RESURG has helped me grow through mentorship, leadership development, research experience, and exposure to clinical medicine and surgery. My experiences in RESURG have helped me gain valuable professional skills and have guided me to make an informed and confident decision to pursue a career in medicine.” - Leo Andrada

 

“RESURG deepened my understanding of the ethics underlying human subjects research and introduced me to the workflow of clinical research. The opportunities for patient interaction tested my ability to make decisions off limited and imperfect information. RESURG offered a encouraging and supportive environment to develop the skills necessary as a physician that I'll take with me to medical school.”  - Kevin Dinh