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Preparing residents for research careers

The goal of The Ohio State University Department of Surgery’s Advanced Research Training in Immunology for Surgery Trainees (ARTIST) program is to prepare surgical residents (postdoctoral trainees) for translational research careers involving study of how immune mechanisms affect tissue injury, repair, regeneration, and replacement.  The ARTIST T32 provides 12 months of stipend support per NIH guidelines for Kirschstein-NRSA awards and additional funds for research-related expenses and travel related to the trainee’s training.  A second year of funding is contingent upon satisfactory progress.


Trainees will dedicate two full-time years, without clinical responsibilities, towards research education and training, earning a Masters of Science in Medical Science degree.  Trainees are prepared to apply their training to deepen understanding of the immune system, as well as developing new, immune-based diagnostics, prognostics, therapeutics, and clinical approaches are relevant to surgical procedures and outcomes.

While in the program trainees learn how to develop and draw upon clinical databases that integrate surgical outcomes with data from pathology and immunology. ARTIST’s NIH-funded faculty, with distinguished track records in immunology and translational research, have been specially selected to inspire and guide trainees in immunology-focused mentored research.  Clinical co-mentors and a post-training longitudinal, career advisory committee will provide guidance and facilitate placement into prestigious fellowships and academic faculty position for ARTIST trainees.

This a unique and innovative training program that responds to the accelerating demand for special expertise at the intersection of surgery and immunology-focused translational research.  Through training and inspiration, a unique cadre of surgeon-scientists are prepared to translate astute observations at the bedside, in the operating room, and in the clinic into novel hypotheses.  Ultimately, these surgeon-scientists will accelerate the movement of discoveries in immunology for the development of immune-based diagnostics, prognostic biomarkers, and/or therapeutics.

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