Every spring, the Surgical Research Committee of the American College of Surgeons is tasked with selecting the recipient of the Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson II Promising Investigator Award (JPIA). The JPIA was established to recognize outstanding surgeons engaging in research, advancing the art and science of surgery, and demonstrating early promise of significant contribution to the practice of surgery and the safety of surgical patients. The award is intended to recognize surgeons who are at the “tipping point” of their research careers. In my opinion, this describes the membership of AAS!
- The candidate must be a Fellow or an Associate Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
- Candidate must be board certified in a surgical specialty and must have completed surgical training, including fellowship, in the last six years.
- Candidate must hold a faculty appointment at a research-based academic medical center or hold a military service position.
- Candidate must have received peer-reviewed funding such as a K-series award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Veterans Administration, National Science Foundation, or U.S. Department of Defense merit review to support their research.
- Surgeon-scientists who are well established (for example, recipients of NIH R01 grants, Veterans Affairs Merit grants, or equivalent grants from other agencies) are NOT eligible.
- Only one application per surgical department will be accepted.
Past recipients include a virtual who’s who of AAS members, including President-Elect Adil Haider and Past-President Justin Dimick.
So, if you finished training in 2012 or later and have obtained some peer-reviewed funding (but not R01-equivalent), discuss this opportunity with your chairperson and consider applying. To access the application, click HERE.
Applications are due on February 23, 2018.