Each year, CAST invites medical students and undergraduate students to participate in summer research projects with faculty. The students' projects begin in May and end in August.
Undergraduate students can apply by filling out the UNMC’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program application.
We encourage medical students to apply to both the Department of Surgery Summer Student Research Program of Excellence and the College of Medicine Medical Student Research Program.
Past Student Projects
CAST had eight M2 students this summer and two undergraduate students. The students explored surgical outcomes research with a focus in bariatric surgery, foregut surgery, and disparities in access to surgical care.
- Jared Baxter:
- Manuscript: Review in Monogenetic Obesity
- Project: Weight loss impact in patients who underwent ventral hernia repair.
- Michael Otten:
- Abstract: How High Is Too High: Mediastinal Dissection In Patients With Paraesophageal Hernia Repair
- Mark Ringle:
- Abstract: Prevalence and Predictors of Ulceration, Gastritis, and Stricture in Linear Stapled Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Patients
- Manuscript: Effect of BMI and weight loss in patients who undergo Sleeve Gastrectomy and RYGB
- Brian Peters:
- Manuscript: Review in Emerging Technology
- Laura Flores (MD-PhD)
- Abstract: Heller Myotomy: Does Robotic-Assisted Provide Benefit Over Laparoscopic Approach? A Prospectively Clinical Data Base Review
- Project: Impact of behavioral interventions on child health outcomes following maternal weight loss surgery.
- Erica Dolph
- Book Chapter: “Future Robotic System: Microrobotics, Autonomous Robots”
- Project: Outcomes of VP Shunt between laparoscopy and open approaches.
- Project: Robotic Inguinal Hernia Repair: cost and outcomes
- Joel Hachiya
- Project: Predictors of reflux in patients who underwent sleeve gastrectomy.
- Marissa Lobl
- Project: Esophageal symptoms in patients with hiatal hernia after bariatric procedures.
- Zachary Franco
- Project: Outcomes of Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy versus Roux-n-Y Gastric Bypass: a MBSAQIP analysis.