The Indiana University’s Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center (SOQIC) in conjunction with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Cancer Programs, is excited to offer a funded, two-year, scholar opportunity in oncologic surgical quality and outcomes, health services, and health policy research for surgical residents and post-doctoral trainees.
The SOQIC - ACS Cancer Programs Clinical Scholars will conduct research, integrate into ACS Cancer Programs committees and initiatives, and lead aspects of various initiatives of the ACS Cancer Programs, thus providing a comprehensive, unparalleled exposure to the ACS Cancer Program’s work in research, quality, policy, advocacy, and accreditation.
This position will have a particular focus on national surgical oncology quality improvement initiatives led by the ACS Cancer Programs. There may also be opportunities to participate in other programs, committees, projects, and initiatives within the ACS and the ACS Cancer Programs, including the accreditation programs (Commission on Cancer, National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, and National Accredited Programs for Rectal Cancer). Residents can have an interest in any area of oncology, including general surgical oncology, colorectal, thoracic, breast, endocrine, transplant, etc.
The research fellowship has been highly successful, training more than 20 surgical residents over the past 15 years. Prior Clinical Scholars have presented frequently at prestigious national conferences, published in high-impact journals, led key initiatives for the ACS Cancer Programs, and have gone on to careers as surgeon-scientists.
The ACS Cancer Programs Clinical Scholars will work with mentors at the ACS and IU’s SOQIC, as well as experts from around the country. The scholars will be mentored by ACS Cancer Programs Medical Director Heidi Nelson, MD, FACS; Anthony Yang, MD, MS, FACS, and Karl Bilimoria, MD, FACS, of the Indiana University Surgery Department; and other program leaders. Research fellows will earn a Master’s degree that best suits their needs through one of the programs offered at Indiana University, most often a Master’s in Clinical Research that is tailored for surgical resident research fellows interested in health services, outcomes, quality improvement, and implementation science. The advanced degree tuition will be fully funded by the program. Applicants are not required to enroll in degree programs if a similar-level degree has already been achieved.
Preference will be given to candidates with prior research experience and diverse backgrounds, particularly those underrepresented in medicine (URiM). One-year fellowships will not be considered. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or visa holders.
Please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org for pre-screening and to request an application, or if you have any questions about the program.