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J Surg Res. 2013 Nov;185(1):92-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2013.05.023. Epub 2013 May 28.

Career track of Society of University Surgeons Resident Research Award recipients.

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  • 1Department of Surgical Oncology, Unit 1484, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The Society of University Surgeons (SUS) has an ongoing competitive funding program to support research training for residents. We sought to determine the career track of award recipients.

METHODS:

We included in the study SUS resident awardees who completed awards from 1989-2007. Characteristics of awardees and their academic productivity were extracted from curriculum vitae provided by awardees (n = 24), or from online sources (n = 7).

RESULTS:

Awardees spent an average of 2.7 y (range, 1-4 y) of dedicated research time during residency. Awardees averaged 9.8 publications (range, 1-32), with 5.4 as first author (range, 1-17), with their mentor within 3 y of award completion, with an average maximum impact factor of 5.7. A total of 25 residents (81%) pursued fellowships. At an average follow-up of 11.4 y (range, 4-22 y) from the end of the award and 7.2 y (range, 0-18 y) from end of clinical training, awardees had a Hirsch index of 14.5 (range, 2-48). At the time of the study, 26 awardees (84%) were in academic surgery. Of the 23 awardees who had completed surgical training ≥ 3 y earlier, 11 (48%) received independent research funding, seven of whom (30%) received R01 or equivalent funding.

CONCLUSIONS:

The SUS resident research awardees had a productive research experience. Although our retrospective study cannot determine causation, the SUS award mechanism delivers on its promise of supporting junior surgeon-scientists who pursue academic careers and establish independent research programs. Further studies are needed to determine how rates of subsequent independent research funding can be improved.

Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

KEYWORDS:

Career track; H-index; Research award; SUS

PMID:
23751805
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PMCID:
PMC4346242
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