This program has been made possible through the strong support of AAS, SUS, and the Surgical Biology Club.
Purpose: This highly competitive mentoring program offers a unique opportunity for junior faculty surgeon-scientists in Basic/Translational Research (BTR) to partner with mentors who are established senior BTR surgeon-scientists. The mentor will provide advice and support to the mentee in all aspects of their academic career, including career planning, development of specific aims, assistance with grant-writing and research design, participation in academic surgical societies, and networking at the national level. Mentors will include independently-funded basic and translational surgeon-scientists who are leaders in their field. The mentee will participate in 1-hour phone calls with the mentor every 2 months. Once in-person conferences resume, we encourage you to meet with your mentor at the ASC and/or the ACS annual meetings. Awardees of this highly competitive program will be announced and recognized at the 2021 Academic Surgical Congress.
Potential discussion topics for phone calls will include the following:
- Departmental and institutional support
- Time management
- Plan for grant submissions
- Review of Specific Aims
- Plan for meeting attendance – surgical and scientific
- Plan for participation in academic societies
Application Requirements: Applicants must be an active member in the AAS and within 5 years of their first faculty appointment or an active member of SUS inducted within the past 3 years. The application consists of:
- Essay (up to 400 words) outlining the applicant’s previous research experience, current research interest, career aspiration, and current/proposed funding opportunities in the upcoming year
- Current NIH-style biosketch
- Current CV
- Letter of support from Chair of Surgery or Section Head
Application Deadline: Application submissions close on Monday September 27th at 5:00pm Eastern Time.
Announcement: Awardees will be notified of acceptance to this program in mid-October. In addition, awardees of this highly competitive program will be announced and recognized at the 2022 Academic Surgical Congress.