A course for beginner Principal Investigators who are new to Stanford and are in their first term of appointment, who will be/are leading basic or translational research groups. The course combines didactic overview of topics relevant to starting up a research lab, and hands-on workshops on necessary skills.

Linda Boxer

Course Sponsor

Past SURGE Sessions

Appropriate Treatment of Research Trainees

Guiding document created by the GREAT AToRT subcommittee of Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC); October 2021



For Faculty Registrants Only: Access Course Folder and Materials Here. (coming soon)

2023-2024 Sessions

The SURGE I sessions will be offered starting October 2023 through February 2024.  The kick-off on October 3 will be held in person with lunch provided.  The remaining sessions for the year will be held on zoom.  All sessions are held from 12pm-1pm unless noted otherwise below.

The course in 2023-2024 will entail a few short training sessions online which participants may complete at their own pace.  All participants will be able to complete online modules, download course presentations and readings on the course website in Canvas.

  • Becoming a Research Investigator - From the Ground Up: Building a Research Group Speaker: John Boothroyd, Burt and Marion Avery Professor of Immunology Tuesday, October 3, 2023 (In Person)
  • Lab Management 101 Speakers: John Sunwoo, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck; Lisa Giocomo, Associate Professor of Neurobiology Wednesday, October 11, 2023
  • Survive and Thrive: Becoming a Research Investigator in Clinical Settings Speakers: Upi Singh, Professor of Infectious Disease and Medicine; Anna Gloyn, Professor of Pediatrics Monday, October 16, 2023
  • 360 Evaluation (Stanford Investigators and Lab Leadership Competencies) Speaker: Linda Boxer, Vice Dean of the School of Medicine and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor Tuesday, October 17, 2023
  • Hiring your team to get the work done - Practicalities Speakers: Miriam Veiss-Creque (Ophthalmology-HR) and Mary Chen (Maternal & Child Health Research Institute) Tuesday, October 24, 2023 (5:00pm-6:00pm)
  • Grant Preparation, Submission and Administration Speakers: Ruth O’Hara, Senior Associate Dean, Research and Lowell W. and Josephine Q. Berry Professor, Director, Spectrum; Kathleen Thompson, Executive Director, RMG, School of Medicine - Research Management Group Wednesday, November 1, 2023
  • Managing your lab’s finances and other financial policies Speaker: Elisabeth Einaudi, Vice Chair, Director of Finance and Administration, Anesthesia; Irene Aranya, Financial Manager, Anesthesiology; Allen Metzenberg, Associate Dean and Chief Financial Officer, School of Medicine Tuesday, December 12, 2023 (In Person)
  • Getting Mentored as Faculty at Stanford Speakers: Melissa Bondy (Epidemiology and Population Health) and Ravi Majeti, Director, Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Wednesday, January 10, 2024 (5:00pm-6:00pm)
  • Balancing and Growing Research Portfolio alongside Clinical/Administrative Duties Speakers: Tanja Gruber, Chambers Family Endowed Professor for Pediatric Cancer; Michelle Monje, Professor of Neurology Tuesday, January 16, 2024 (5:00pm-6:00pm)
  • Equity and Inclusive Practices and Resources Speakers: Joyce Sackey, Associate Dean and Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Stanford Medicine, Clinical Professor, Medicine; Terrance Mayes, Executive Director and Associate Dean, Strategic Initiatives Wednesday, January 24, 2024
  • Tips for Success- The Research Enterprise: Collaborations, Building Visibility and Rigor and Reproducibility Speakers: Michael Kapiloff, Reinhard Family Professor, Professor (Research) of Ophthalmology and Steve Goodman, Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health and of Medicine Wednesday, February 7, 2024 (5:00pm-6:00pm)
  • Mentor as Coach: Giving Feedback Speaker: Rania Sanford, Director of Faculty Professional Development Tuesday, February 20, 2024
  • The IDP Process Speakers: Sheri Krams, Senior Associate Dean, Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs and Professor of Surgery (Abdominal Transplantation); Robin Sugiura, Director of Postdoctoral Training; Stevie Eberle, Assistant Dean and Executive Director, BioSci Careers Thursday, February 29, 2024 (In Person)


SURGE I Speakers