SOAR Colorectal Disparities Research Fellow

Location: Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine

The Surgical Outcomes Analysis & Research (SOAR) Colorectal Disparities Research Fellow will support the research activities of the Colorectal Surgery Section within the Department of Surgery at Boston Medical Center, the primary teaching hospital of Boston University School of Medicine. The main focus will be to explore the impact of racial disparities on colorectal surgical outcomes. This individual may also take part in other research activities as determined by the Chief of Colorectal Surgery. The individual will utilize clinical knowledge gained from her/his surgical residency program to contribute to the research portfolio of the Section of Colorectal Surgery. The fellow will conduct specific surgical research and support the department’s research objectives.

The SOAR Colorectal Disparities Research Fellow will obtain a set of core competencies through didactic and experiential learning modalities. These will include: (A) academic seminars; (B) coursework; (C) engagement in research projects; and (D) collaborating with clinical and methods mentors. The fellow will work with their mentoring teams to tailor an educational path that balances seminars and coursework but leaves ample time for conducting research.

Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes for the Research Fellow Include:

  • Demonstrate aptitude in research competencies, including biostatistical programming, epidemiology, and health services/outcomes research methodology standards;
  • Complete at least three projects during research time;
  • Present work at a minimum of three department or interdepartmental research work-in-progress sessions;
  • Submit at least three abstracts to national meetings, and three manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals; and
  • Prepare and submit at least one research grant.

All SOAR Research Fellows:

  • Will perform studies related to an aspect or aspects of surgical research, including clinical research, health services research, translational or basic science research, or a combination of these research areas.
  • Will perform day-to-day research activities including study design, data acquisition, and analysis; this work may be performed under the supervision of a faculty mentor, but the fellow must be able to function both independently and as part of a team.
  • Will participate in the writing of abstracts, grants, and manuscripts as needed.
  • Will have responsibility for training and supervision of junior staff such as research technicians, medical students, etc., depending on research project.
  • Will have responsibility for safety and compliance concerns such as preparing IRB applications and maintenance of laboratory safety documentation.
  • Will have weekly research progress presentations.
  • Will perform other duties as assigned or necessary.
  • Must adhere to all of BMC’s RESPECT behavioral standards.


Completion of one year of surgical residency required. Commitment from candidate’s residency program for at least one full year of full-time dedicated research required.

Research experience in a surgical area preferred.


  • Surgical knowledge acquired through at least one year of experience with surgical residency program.
  • Ability to demonstrate significant independence in day-to-day activities, including study design, data acquisition, and analysis.
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office suite.
  • Outstanding candidates will have experience with a statistical program (R, SAS, STATA, or SPSS)
  • Strong communication skills, interpersonal skills, and the ability to build value-added relationships with individuals at all levels while providing superior customer service.
  • Positive contributor and a strong commitment to quality.
  • Strong time management, organizational skills, and the ability to multitask.
  • Excellent judgment, with strong analytical and detail-oriented skills.
  • Knowledge of research methods and tools preferred, particularly in a surgical setting.

Candidates should forward a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to: Jason Hall, MD, MPH, Chief, Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Boston Medical Center via email Please include “SOAR Fellowship” in the subject line.

Boston Medical Center (BMC) is a 514-bed academic medical center located in Boston’s historic South End. The largest safety-net hospital in New England, BMC provides consistently excellent and accessible health care to all. BMC is the primary teaching affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine, a highly ranked medical school dedicated to urban and international health and a recognized leader in groundbreaking medical research.

Boston Medical Center and Boston University are affirmative action/equal opportunity employers, committed to a common mission of improving the health of Boston’s residents while adhering to the highest standards of academic medicine. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


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