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Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2016 Jun;17(3):313-7. doi: 10.1089/sur.2015.176. Epub 2016 Feb 24.

An Analysis of Past Surgical Infection Society Award Recipients.

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1 Department of Surgery, MetroHealth Medical Center , Cleveland, Ohio.
2 Department of Surgery, New York Weill Cornell Center , New York, New York.
3 Department of Surgery, Anesthesia, and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine , Baltimore, Maryland.
4 Department of Surgery and Public Health, Weill Medical College of Cornell University , New York, New York.



The Surgical Infection Society (SIS) through its foundation (FDTN) confers awards to individuals who demonstrate interest in researching infection in the surgical setting. We sought to characterize the research output from prior award recipients and determine the impact of these awards on the individual and the SIS.


The SIS website was queried for the names of all past award recipients. A MEDLINE search of the recipients was performed. Total number of publications and publications in the society's journal, Surgical Infections (SI), were identified. Gender and leadership positions within SIS were determined. Meeting attendance and participation were assessed. Donations by scholarship recipient to the FDTN were evaluated.


Between 1984 and 2012, 116 individuals received an SIS award or scholarship. Of these, 72% were male. There were 101 scholarships awarded, totaling nearly $3 million. Of the 19 new Junior Faculty Scholarships awarded, four were to consecutive recipients (CR). There were 11 clinical evaluative award scholarships awarded, three to CR. There were 100 Resident/Fellow scholarships awarded, and of these, 22 were awarded to CR. Past recipients had multiple publications (median total publications = 27; interquartile range (IQR): Nine to 62) and published multiple papers on the topic for which they received an award (median two; IQR: Zero to four). Recipients did not publish in SI (median SI publications = zero; IQR: Zero to one). There was no substantial difference in the number of publications by gender. Multiple awards (MA) were conferred to 26 (22%) individuals. Six (5.1%) assumed an executive position within SIS, two (1.7%) became SIS president. Those who received MA were more likely to serve as an officer than those who only received one award (15% vs. 2%, p = 0.02).


Scholarships have a large benefit for individual recipients; however, the benefit to the society remains harder to quantify.

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