IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 93SG860 — SURGICAL RESEARCH


This rotation exposes the medical student to ongoing bench, translational, and clinical research projects in the Department of Surgery. The research focus of each lab will vary among investigators. The research may involve in-vitro, in-vivo, as well as human clinical trial and retrospective case review models. The student may be exposed to and perform basic biochemical techniques including ELISA, Western Blot, etc. In addition, after appropriate training, the student may participate in animal studies which may involve surgical procedures. The student may participate in clinical studies that are ongoing at the time of the rotation. Finally, the student will participate in at least weekly group lab meetings and also have individual meetings with the investigator or a qualified member of the research faculty several times weekly. The student will also attend other conferences deemed by the investigator to be important for the research being conducted for the student's academic enrichment. Through exposure to the rigorous and meticulous approach to scientific investigation, the student will develop an understanding of the role of a clinician scientist in the field of surgery.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: C. Max Schmidt, MD (maxschmi@iupui.edu)

Director: C. Max Schmidt, M.D., PhD, MBA, FACS

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health University Hospital (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Develop a focused research hypothesis and outline techniques to test the research question (PBLI1)
  • 2) Perform the necessary methodology or techniques relative to the student research project (if applicable) (PBLI1)
  • 3) Discuss relevant data in the context of the student research project (PBLI1)
  • 4) Prepare a summation of the clinical/basic science research project in abstract and manuscript form (ISC5)


  • Research Evaluation Form; (Observations)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: medical student at IUSOM

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 85% Research; 5% Presentations; 10% Library

Elective Type Category: AS - Advanced Science

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: C. Max Schmidt, MD (maxschmi@iupui.edu) All on-campus surgery electives will be handled through the match. Post-match results, all additions and drops for surgery electives must be approved through Megan Rendina, Surgery Clerkship Coordinator at 274-7201 or mrendina@iupui.edu.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None