Surgery Resident Research

Surgery Resident Research provides timely and relevant information to incoming research residents in order to assist in guiding their choice of a research pathway, identifying a research mentor, and showcasing the hard work and commitment displayed throughout each research endeavor. The role of the Department of Surgery Research Committee and Research Management team includes advising residents regarding selection of research topics, faculty mentors, and study design, as well as, monitoring resident progress throughout the life of each research project to ensure delivery of adequate resources and oversight.

In recognition of the importance of resident scholarship, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has issued that “residents should participate in scholarly activity”, and the program training curriculum “must advance residents’ knowledge of basic principles of research, including how research is conducted, evaluated, explained to patients, and applied to patient care”. To this end, the General Surgery Residency Program at LSU Health-Shreveport has allocated resources and created the General Surgery Residency Research Program to facilitate residents’ involvement in scholarly activities.

We anticipate that your participation in research during your residency training will:

  • Provide you with the necessary mentorship and training experience encompassing successful research activities that promote future academic careers
  • Promote your proficiency in critical appraisal of the literature
  • Encourage you to pursue careers as clinical investigators

What Counts as Scholarly Activity

  • Clinical Research
  • Translational Research
  • Basic Science Research
  • Quality Improvement Projects

The goal of the General Surgery Residency Research Program is to provide residents with opportunity to participate in scholarly activity and provide resources needed to conduct research. Residents will be introduced to available resources and support, and will learn basic research methodology through research training modules delivered monthly throughout PGY1. Additionally, there will be topics relevant to research or evidence based practice that will be covered during Tuesday morning conferences.

Excellence in clinical care and patient service can only be achieved when a surgeon develops critical thinking, and learns to develop evidenced-based practices.  Importantly, research supports continued evolvement of our clinical practice, allowing for the highest level care and best outcomes.


Residents will participate in a scholarly project with oversight provided by a faculty mentor. Residents will play a meaningful role in the project with continuous guidance and assistance provided by the faculty mentor throughout all phases of the research project. In order to be successful, residents will adhere to the following timeline and are required to report their progressives as requested by the General Surgery Residency Research Program team. Mandatory meetings with the Research Program Management Team will occur throughout the life of each research project and will assess research progress, level of support provided/needed, as well as resource assessment to identify needed resources for project completion. Meeting dates will be provided to you in advance and confirmed via email. By the time of graduation, residents are required to have completed 3 scholarly projects with presentation of their work during Tuesday morning conference.

Research Management Team

Dr. Terry Lairmore

Terry C. Lairmore, MD, FACS

Professor of Clinical Surgery
Director of Surgical Research

Department of Surgery | Room 3-239
Phone:  (318) 675-7569

Wendy Chriss

Wendy Chriss, MBA-HCM

Surgical Research Project Manager
Department of Surgery | Room 3-305
Phone: (318) 675-6530​
Fax: (318) 675-4582​