Michael Zinner Health Services Research Fellowship
The goal of the Surgical Outcomes Club (SOC) Michael Zinner Health Services Research Fellowship Program is to provide an avenue for junior surgical investigators to acquire the skills, knowledge, and network needed to develop, execute, and publish research studies in the field of surgical outcomes and health services research under the guidance of a high-quality experienced mentor.

Program Highlights:

  • One year fellowship for trainees and junior faculty
  • Up to 4 fellows accepted each year
  • Fellows are matched with an established SOC Member who will serve as their mentor and consultant
  • Fellows will develop and execute a project under the guidance of their mentor
  • The research fellowship program is of no cost to the participants


Upon completion of the program, fellows will be able to:

  • Access and review the surgical outcomes research literature
  • Design an outcomes research project using appropriate methods
  • Manage an outcomes research project
  • Translate outcomes research into academic presentations and publications
  • Establish a network of surgical outcomes research colleagues

Program Expectations:

  • Attend the SOC Annual Meeting and Scientific Session during the fellowship year and present your research project in a dedicated session for Zinner fellows.
  • Meet face-to-face at least once with your mentor. Options include:
    • Visit your mentor's home institution. (Due to uncertainty of travel and institution restrictions around COVID-19 meeting using a virtual platform will be strongly encourage.)
    • Alternatively, if unable to schedule a visit to your mentor's home institution, meet up with your mentor at Academic Surgical Congress or another national academic meeting of mutual interest.
  • Submit an abstract to a national meeting based on collaborative with your mentor 
  • Prepare and submit at least one manuscript with your mentor for peer review

Who May Apply?

Members of the Surgical Outcomes Club that are interested in pursuing surgical outcomes and health services research may apply to this fellowship.

Application Process

Applicants must submit the application for along with the following:
  • Current copy of your curriculum vitae
  • A two-page statement of interest, including:
    • Prior and/or current activities and responsibilities in surgical outcomes research
    • A description of current surgical outcomes research interests
    • Potential research questions that may serve as a focus of the fellowship research project. Due to COVID-19, please consider a project that could be implemented under any circumstance.
    • Previously published and/or presented surgical outcomes research
    • Why a SOC mentor is needed
  • Letter of Support from department chair documenting support for attendance and required travel expense to meet program requirements.
    Michael Zinner HSR Fellowship Application  Deadline: Friday, July 30, 2021

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