EuroSurg-1 study: an opportunity to encourage student-driven surgical research in Italy
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Student-driven research collaboratives have expanded rapidly in recent years . In the UK, Student Audit and Research in Surgery (STARSurg) has successfully run three national cohort studies . Over 1000 students across 165 hospitals are participating in their current study, collecting data on 5500 patients undergoing major gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary surgery. All students collaborating in STARSurg projects are recognised with PubMed-citable co-authorship on all resulting publications.
In Italy, students, interns and even surgical residents have few opportunities to actively participate in high-quality research. Unlike the UK where students may ‘intercalate’ during their medical degree to complete a science/research degree, most Italian students have little access to formal research training. Whilst Italian residents may be expected to present and publish research during their training, opportunities to lead multicentre research are rare and access to research...
We are grateful for the generous support of the European Society of Coloproctology (ESCP) and the Italian Society of Colorectal Surgery (SICCR).
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