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Firearm Injury Prevention Clinical Scholar in Residence Fellowship Program Specifics

Overview

In collaboration with the American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine (AFFIRM), American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST), and Western Trauma Association (WTA), the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) is offering a fully funded two-year onsite fellowship in firearm injury prevention research. The primary goal of the fellowship program is to provide a mentored research experience to support the career development of surgical investigators interested in injury prevention research and health policy.

The Firearm Injury Prevention Clinical Scholar in Residence program is a unique opportunity that allows the surgical resident or fellow to gain firsthand experience in firearm injury prevention research, advocacy and health policy. The Clinical Scholar will be engaged in ongoing firearm injury prevention research and initiatives within the ACS COT, which includes working with large databases, including the Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP), and validation of best practices. The Scholar will work on projects with the Injury Prevention and Control Committee of the ACS Committee on Trauma and also have the opportunity to engage with ACS efforts in health policy and advocacy. The ACS Trauma Quality program and analytic staff will be available as resources to the Clinical Scholar and the Scholar will meet regularly with a mentorship team.

This program is open to applicants who have completed a minimum of 2 years of general surgical residency or have finished surgical residency. The applicant must be an Associate member of the American College of Surgeons and in good standing with the College. As the Clinical Scholars work closely with the ACS staff and need to complete coursework, it is required that the Clinical Scholar reside in Chicago for the duration of the fellowship.

Mentorship

The ACS COT will assign a panel of internal mentors, including the Chair of the COT Injury Prevention and Control Committee or designee, the Medical Director of the ACS Trauma Quality Programs and selected other research mentors to meet regularly with the Scholar. The Scholar will also interact with and be mentored by various surgeons affiliated with the ACS COT and from across the country. As mentorship is one of the most important aspects of the fellowship, having guidance from multiple individuals from varied backgrounds will provide the best opportunity for success. In addition, core ACS COT staff statisticians and project analysts will be invaluable resources for the Firearm Injury Prevention Clinical Scholar in Residence.

Options for Master’s Degree, Northwestern University

Master’s in Clinical Investigation (MSCI)

The MSCI program is designed for physicians with an interest in conducting clinical research. The coursework focuses on biostatistics, epidemiology, decision analysis, clinical trial design, paper and grant writing, peer-reviewing principles, and clinical research ethics. All coursework is done at Northwestern’s downtown campus, which is one block from the ACS headquarters. Clinical Scholars who have already completed an equivalent program may be exempt from the MSCI requirement.

Master’s in Health Services and Outcomes Research

The goal of this program is to educate clinicians to become effective health services and outcomes researchers. The Health Services and Outcomes Research program will focus on these issues within institutional and health care delivery systems, as well as in the external environment that shapes health policy around quality and safety. The program takes approximately two years to complete. All coursework is done at Northwestern’s downtown campus.

Master’s in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety

The goal of this program is to help clinicians become effective health care quality and patient safety thinkers, practitioners, and researchers. The Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety program will focus on disparities in health care, health economics and financing, health services research methods, biostatistics, and epidemiology. The program takes approximately two years to complete. All coursework is done at Northwestern’s downtown campus.

Surgical Education

The Scholar will be able to continue his or her surgical education through Northwestern University’s department of surgery by attending the weekly morbidity and mortality conference and grand rounds. Scholars have the opportunity to practice their surgical skills at Northwestern’s Surgical Skills Training Lab. Multiple opportunities for clinical moonlighting exist in the Chicagoland area as well. In addition, the Scholar may be able to take the American Board of Surgery In-Service Training Examination (ABSITE) locally.

Funding and Location

The Firearm Injury Prevention Clinical Scholar in Residence Fellowship is fully funded through support from the ACS COT, AFFIRM, AAST, EAST, and WTA. The funding will cover two years of salary, benefits, tuition, meeting travel, and administrative costs for the Clinical Scholar.

As the Clinical Scholars work closely with the ACS staff and need to complete coursework at Northwestern University, it is required that the Clinical Scholar move to Chicago. ACS will provide office space in its downtown Chicago headquarters.

Application Timeline for Position Starting July 1–August 1, 2020

Application Opens

October 1, 2019

Application Deadline

December 15, 2019

Interview Notification

January 3, 2020

Interview Process

January 20–26, 2020

Notification of Appointment

February 3, 2020

Starting Date (flexible)

July 1–August 1, 2020

Application and Instructions

Download the application form

Please include all components in one email sent to COT@facs.org. All application components must be received by December 15, 2019.

Application Components

  1. Application form
  2. Personal statement
  3. Research statement
  4. Curriculum vitae or resume
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. Any additional supporting documentation, if needed

For questions, please contact COT@facs.org.