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Last updated on 9/21/16

The Society of Black Academic Surgeons Presents: SBAS at the College

Sunday, October 16, 2016 | 8pm–10pm

DBGB at CityCenter
931 H Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

A roundtable discussion on: Compensation Plans in Academic Surgery: Clinical/Academic RVU's led by Dr. Lynt B. Johnson, Dr. Bob Higgins, and Dr. Terrence Fullum

Hosted on behalf of Dr. Patricia L. Turner, President, SBAS
Sponsored in part by: NOV/DA

Please note: Attendance is limited to 30 individuals.

The Association for Academic Surgery has extended the application deadline for the following awards to August 15, 2016

For Residents and Fellows:

CLICK HERE for information and requirements
CLICK HERE to apply
Application deadline is Monday August 15th at 11:59pm Pacific Time

For Medical Students:

Travel Awards for the 2017 ASC – applications available!
The AAS offers several travel awards each year to support student & resident attendance at the Academic Surgical Congress. A total of nine (9) awards are available for the 2017 ASC– click the links below for more information:

  • The AAS/AASF Senior Medical Student Travel Award6 Awards
    For graduating senior medical students who are interested in in pursuing a career in academic surgery, these awards recognize outstanding research efforts. Three (3) awards are given for basic science/translational research and three (3) for clinical/outcomes/health services/education research The award is complimentary registration plus a $500 travel stipend for the Academic Surgical Congress held in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 7–9, 2017.
  • AAS/AASF Student Diversity Travel Grant3 awards
    These three (3) awards are presented to female or underrepresented minority medical students. The award is complimentary registration, 3-nights hotel accommodations and a $500 travel stipend for the Academic Surgical Congress held in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 7-9, 2017.

CLICK HERE to apply
Application Deadline is Monday August 15 at 11:59pm Pacific Time

For Faculty:

The Joel J. Roslyn MD Faculty Research Award
The application deadline has been extended for the AAS Joel J. Roslyn MD Faculty Research Award.

This award is supported by the Journal of Surgical Research and its publisher, Elsevier Science. Its intent is to provide a faculty member with one year of support for surgical research. The Award provides $50,000 for one year, expended solely for the purpose of the sponsored research; funding begins March 1, 2017.

Application is open to eligible faculty members who are within five years of completion of surgical training; applicants must be active members of the AAS who have not received a previous career development award.

CLICK HERE to apply
Application Deadline is Monday August 15 at 11:59pm Pacific time

AAS International Visiting Professorships

The application deadline has also been extended for the AAS International Visiting Professorship Awards.

Take advantage of this opportunity to attend one of four international conferences presented by renowned surgical associations around the world:

The intent of these awards is to encourage the exchange of ideas and information about clinical, scientific and policy aspects of surgery between members of the AAS and international societies. The award covers travel support to these organization's meetings. Additionally, recipients will participate in hosting representatives from these organizations at the next Academic Surgical Congress, to be held in Las Vegas February 7–9, 2017.

Application is open to all AAS members; applicants must have a strong history of participation in the AAS, a record of significant accomplishment in an aspect of surgical research and a current full-time academic appointment.

CLICK HERE to apply
Application deadline is Monday August 15 at 11:59pm Pacific Time

The Program Committee of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) cordially welcomes your participation in its Twenty-seventh Annual Scientific Meeting.

We would like to invite you to submit abstracts for the upcoming SBAS meeting to be held on April 27–29, 2016 at The University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences, Department of Surgery, Intercontinental Hotel on the Miracle Mile. We look forward to your contributions in basic science and clinical research.

To submit your abstract, please visit our Call for Abstracts page »

Early Career Investigators – Apply now to the 2016 NIMHD Health Disparities Research Institute

The due date for submitting an application is 5:00pm local time on June 1, 2016

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will host the Health Disparities Research Institute from August 15, 2016, to August 19, 2016. The Institute aims to foster individual research projects of promising scientists and motivated research scholars with the overall goal to stimulate innovative research in the minority health and health disparities sciences. Please forward this message to anyone who may be interested in applying.

What the Health Disparities Research Institute Is: This program provides a unique opportunity for early career researchers, interested in addressing health disparities and minority health research, to learn about the latest science and receive guidance on their own research projects from leaders in the field.

Who Should Apply: Early career investigators, including postdoctoral researchers, research associates and assistant professors, engaged in health disparities and minority health research are encouraged to apply. We seek participants from diverse backgrounds within and outside of academia, such as from community-based and nonprofit organizations.

Cost: There is no cost, but admission is competitive and participants are required to attend all daily sessions. Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation, room, and board. Limited scholarships will be available to cover travel expenses based on need. Applicants from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, who require financial assistance are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

How to Apply: The online application is now open on the NIMHD website:

2016 Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, Traveling Fellowship

Application deadline: June 1, 2016

The family and friends of the late Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, have established an endowment through the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Foundation to provide funding for an annual fellowship to be awarded to an outstanding surgeon from the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, the Association of Women Surgeons, or the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association. This annual award is intended to serve as a lasting memorial to the extraordinary life and work of Dr. Organ. For information on donating to this fund, please contact the ACS Foundation at 312-202-5376 or

The Organ Traveling Fellowship is awarded to an outstanding young surgeon so he or she can attend an educational meeting or make an extended visit to an institution of his or her choice, tailored to his or her research interests.

Carlos A Pellegrini Visiting Internship Program – University of Washington School of Medicine – Funded Diversity Visiting Student Surgical Clerkship

Application deadline: May 10, 2016


  • Encourage students to consider a career in General Surgery
  • Enhance student awareness of opportunities in academic medicine
  • Provide specific mentoring and networking for underrepresented students


Applicants who belong to groups that are recognized as historically underrepresented in the health and science professions including: African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Hispanic American and Asian/Pacific Islander.

Download Flyer »

National Institutes of Health-funded T32 Training Grant

The Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins University is excited to partner with SBAS on our National Institutes of Health-funded T32 Training Grant, which is designed to provide research training to general surgery residents with an interest in pursuing a career in academic surgery. This training grant has had a stellar track record in providing a strong foundation for residents to pursue a successful academic surgical career. Of the past 19 trainees over the 20 years in which the grant has been in existence, 17 currently hold positions as surgeon-investigators at academic institutions and most hold independent external funding.

This T32 training grant is designed to offer two years of training in either basic biomedical sciences or clinical research. For those residents who are interested in basic science research, trainees are embedded in the laboratories of senior investigators at the Johns Hopkins University, whose laboratories focus on topics including transplant immunology, tumor vaccine development, intestinal stem cell function and tissue engineering. For those residents who are interested in clinical research, T32 trainees are offered the opportunity to pursue a Masters Degree in Clinical Research from the prestigious Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and can focus on areas of interest including health disparities research, surgical outcomes in a number of disciplines.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early in residency as possible. Typically research begins after the pgy3 year. We are excited to hear from you.

Please contact for more information:

Dr. Robert Higgins
William S Halsted Chair of Surgery
Johns Hopkins University
Chair, Dept of Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Dr. David Hackam
Robert Garret Chair of Pediatric Surgery
Johns Hopkins University
Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital.

SUS Career Development Opportunity

The Society of University Surgeons is very excited to offer a brand new course that has been built in collaboration with the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management.

The SUS/Kellogg School of Management Leadership Agility Program is set to launch on September 18–21, 2016.
The overview for the course is attached and the registration link is below. We hope that you will take advantage of registering soon as the total number of participants will be capped at 50.

Please note that the course registration fee includes:

  • Private lodging at Northwestern’s Allen Center for the evenings of September 18, 19, and 20, 2016 (September 17 arrival available for an additional fee)
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) for the duration of the course beginning with Lunch on September 18 and concluding with Lunch on September 21
  • Tuition
  • Course materials

For additional information, download the course overview »
Or to regester, please visit:
Register by May 1 for the early bird registration fee

Samuel L. Kountz Diversity Fellowship

Program Description

The Stanford University Department of Surgery established the Samuel L. Kountz Diversity Fellowship in 2008 to help encourage underrepresented minority student interest in an academic surgical career. This Fellowship will provide a stipend for a senior student sub-internship in the Division of General Surgery. Stanford University Medical Center is a major referral center for the management of surgical disease and major trauma. Students enrolled in our sub-internships will be part of a surgical team and will be expected to function as an integral member of that team. This may include assisting in the medical management of floor patients, assisting in the operating room and attending surgical clinic. As a member of this team, students will gain important insight into the management of complex surgical and non-surgical problems.

Given the cost of living in Palo Alto, CA, we realize that not all students may be financially capable of participating in our general surgery sub-internships. For this reason, the General Surgery Program is offering a stipend in the amount of $2,500.00 to help defer the costs of flight, lodging, $100 tuition fee, and incidental expenses. This will be awarded to the medical student who best demonstrates his or her interest in surgery and academic ability to pursue the rigors of an academic surgical career.

Application Requirements

Application deadline is JUNE 10. The winner will be informed by July 1st thereby allowing time for the medical school’s scheduling deadline for the autumn quarter clinical clerkships. Sub-internship will take place during Stanford University’s periods 6 or 7 rotation (November-January).

  • Available to 4th year U.S. medical students who have successfully completed a General Surgery clerkship
  • Cover letter
  • A one-page letter describing your interest in pursuing a career in surgery
  • A copy of most recent medical school transcript
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty mentor
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Photo

Please forward application to Anita Hagan, Program Manager:
Division of General Surgery
300 Pasteur Drive, Room H3691
Stanford, CA 94305

or email documents to Anita Hagan

Additional information is available at:

We look forward to your application and wish you all the best of luck in your careers.

RWJF Awards for Health Equity

2016 Call for Applications

RWJF is requesting proposals from national nonprofit membership organizations and/or associations to establish an annual awards program to recognize and celebrate individuals who have successfully implemented systems changes related to the determinants of health.

Recognition of these efforts increases the visibility and awareness of the urgent need and solutions for systems changes to achieve health equity in our society.

  • A total of four grants up to $52,000 each will be awarded.
  • Each grant will support an annual awards program for six years.

Application deadline: March 30, 2016

Learn more about the funding opportunity and register for the webinar »

Graduate Medical Education (GME): Endocrine Clinical & Research Surgery Fellowship

The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Endocrine Oncology Branch’s Clinical and Research Fellowship program trains surgeons committed to academic careers. The primary goal of the fellowship is to train academic surgeons. Trainees will develop expertise in basic science, translational and clinical research, and in the surgical management of endocrine neoplasms. The fellowship is a two-year program.

To learn more about this opportunity visit:

US Mid-Career Course: Register today before it fills!

Dear SUS Colleagues,

The SUS is pleased to offer the fourth annual course for Mid-Career Academic Surgeons seeking new leadership opportunities to be held on January 31-February 1, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida immediately prior to the Academic Surgical Congress. This is a unique professional development offering for individuals like yourself who are interested in optimally preparing for success as they move into new roles in departmental and health center leadership. This course will have a high level of interactivity and discourse, and therefore will be capped at 50 participants. The course last year received fantastic reviews so interested participants are encouraged to register today-SUS members receive a special registration fee!

Register now as space is limited! To register, click on the link, then click on the Register button. Complete the first 2 pages of demographic information and select the option to register for the Pre-Congress Course Only if you only plan to attend the Mid-Career Course or for the ASC if you plan to attend both. Contact the ASC Registrar at with any questions on how to register. 

Click here for the following information:
• Course Agenda
• Networking reception and dinner
• Special room rates at the course hotel
• Registration fees

I hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity and register today. Don't forget to also register for the Academic Surgical Congress and to celebrate 11th the Anniversary of the SUS and AAS' combined meeting.

For additional questions regarding the course, contact SUS Executive Director Yumi Hori in the SUS office at or Administrative Assistant Alyson Ruppel at


Gregory D. Kennedy, MD, PhD
SUS Mid-Career Course Chair
Associate Professor of Surgery
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Sandra Wong, MD, MS
SUS Mid-Career Course Co-Chair
Chief of Surgery
Dartmouth-Hitchcock/Geisel School of Medicine

Discover the Vanderbilt MPH this Fall

Vanderbilt MPH Program is now accepting applications for fall 2016. Click here to learn more »

UW-ACS Surgical Education Research Fellowship

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education, partnering with the University of Wisconsin (UW) Department of Surgery, is seeking applicants for the UW-ACS Surgical Education Research Fellowship. This program offers a two-year fellowship in surgical education research for surgery residents, beginning July 1, 2016. The goal of the fellowship is to provide the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience required to become nationally recognized leaders in the field of surgical education. Fellows have the option of participating in the UW School of Education master’s degree program while also engaging in surgical education research through the ACS and UW.

For more information download the fellowship flyer below:

Clerkship Programs for Underrepresented Minority Medical Students at the University of Pennsylvania

We are excited to share with you that this fall we have 4 Funded Visiting Clerkship Programs for Underrepresented Minority Medical Students at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP) and The University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) are hosting funded visiting rotations in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, and Plastic Surgery. Information about each of the rotations and their respective application can be obtained via the contacts/websites below.

For more information please contact the following individuals: