The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is now accepting applications for the 2018–2020 Clinical Scholar in Residence positions. Applications are due April 3, 2017.
About the program
The ACS Clinical Scholars in Residence Program is a two-year fellowship in surgical outcomes research, health services research, and health care policy performed on-site at ACS headquarters in Chicago, IL. It was initiated in 2005 for the purpose of advancing the College’s quality improvement initiatives and to offer opportunities for residents to work on ACS quality improvement programs. More specifically, ACS Clinical Scholars in Residence perform research relevant to ongoing projects in the ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care.
The primary objective of the fellowship is to address issues in health care quality, health policy, and patient safety, with the goal of helping the ACS Clinical Scholar in Residence prepare for a research career in academic surgery. The ACS Clinical Scholars in Residence have worked on projects and research involving the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®), the National Cancer Database, the National Trauma Data Bank®, the Surgeon Specific Registry, and the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. They have assisted in the development of practice guidelines and accreditation standards. Scholars are assigned to the appropriate group within the ACS based on their interests and the College’s needs.
In addition, participants earn a master’s degree in health services and outcomes research or health care quality and patient safety from Northwestern University, Chicago. This aspect of the program prepares clinicians to become effective health services and outcomes researchers. The health services and outcomes research curriculum focuses on these issues within institutional and health care delivery systems, as well as in the external environment that shapes health policy centered on quality and safety issues. The program takes approximately two years to complete. The ACS also offers a variety of educational programs from which scholars may benefit, including the Outcomes Research Course and the Clinical Trials Course.
ACS mentors meet regularly with each ACS Clinical Scholar in Residence. Scholars also have opportunities to interact with various surgeons who are affiliated with the ACS and the Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care. Exposure to mentors is a key component of this fellowship, as guidance and interaction with multiple individuals from diverse backgrounds provide the best opportunity for success. In addition, a core group of ACS staff statisticians and project analysts serve as invaluable resources to the ACS Clinical Scholars in Residence.
Surgical residents from throughout the U.S., including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, and Ohio, have participated in the ACS Clinical Scholars in Residence Program since its inception. These individuals report excellent, productive experiences that have been useful in launching their careers in the field of academic surgery. In all, 12 scholars have completed the program, and four scholars are currently participating. The ACS Clinical Scholars in Residence have demonstrated great dedication to outcomes research and the improvement of the quality of surgical care.
The ACS Clinical Scholars in Residence have presented their findings at national meetings and in high-impact, peer-reviewed publications, in addition to having contributed a great deal to the ACS quality improvement programs. Furthermore, scholars have gone on to gain prestigious fellowships in several fields, including surgical oncology and pediatric surgery.
The 2018–2020 scholars will begin their work on July 1, 2018. Applicants are required to have funding through their institution or other grant mechanism. For more information about the program and the application requirements, go to the ACS website, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.