An academic surgical career demands excellence in the areas of clinical practice, research and education. Piloting this challenge can be intimidating and stressful; it requires preparation along with a certain degree of compromise and balance. It is also exhilarating and rewarding. Both the Fundamentals of Surgical Research Course and the Career Development Course have annually aimed to provide a foundation for young surgeons navigating their early academic career.
The Fundamentals of Surgical Research Course specifically targets residents, fellows and junior faculty. Guest speakers and panel discussions will address topics that include mentorship, time management, ethical issues in surgical research, the written and oral presentation of academic work, funding, and the conduct of basic science, translational, clinical/health services and educational research. By identifying crucial keys to academic success and corresponding pitfalls, our hope is to enthusiastically prepare and motivate rising academic surgeons for their own pursuits.
This year we are very excited to announce several changes to the course curriculum. To start, while the afternoon sessions have previously offered concomitant sessions focused on basic science/translational research and clinical/health-services research, this year a third panel will offer topics specific to education and simulation-based research. Additionally, there will be panel of dynamic and diverse young academic surgeons describing their pathway to success.
For more information, please reference the following link: https://www.aasurg.org/meetings/documents/AAS_fallCourse2014_SavetheDate.pdf.
On behalf of the entire AAS Educational Committee and leadership, I hope to see you in San Francisco October 24th at the AAS Fall Courses!