The SIU General Surgery has a long tradition of nationally and internationally recognized research in the field of surgical education. Recent projects have focused on team based learning and handoff skills, cognitive task analysis of surgical and endoscopic procedures, surgical skills development, operative performance evaluation, and the identification, classification, and remediation of learning deficiencies.
Projects in development currently include those focused on web based tools and electronic gaming in resident education and resident selection, and studies exploring surgery-specific issues and professionalism.
Members of the division are also involved in international surgical education projects and research, registry based outcomes research, and translational research focused on surgical oncology including breast, colorectal, and pancreatic neoplasia.
General Surgery Division Current Research Interests
Sabha Ganai,MD : Population and disparity research on oncologic outcomes, educational impact of trainee participation in multidisciplinary cancer care conferences, relationship of provider density to oncologic outcomes,evaluation of thromboemolic pathways and platelet adhesion in colon cancer.
Marc Garfinkel,MD: Utilization of kidneys from donors with disseminated intravascular coagulation, operative performance ratings in transplantation
Jan Rakinic, MD: Gender differences in physician stress management, enteric floral transplant for Clostridium difficile, outcomes of complicated diverticulitis managed with percutaneous drainage, quality improvement in surgery
David Rea,MD: Skills training and resident education
John Sutyak, MD: Serious gaming and trauma education, team training in trauma care
Jarrod Wall, MB: Simulation and student education, trauma team training, blood utilization and quality management, resident competencies and milestones
John Mellinger, MD: Duty hours and resident education, resident competency, cognitive task analysis of ERCP, ERCP outcomes, operative performance ratings for residents, curricular improvement in residency education, resident supervision and preparation for independent function, research priorities in graduate medical education