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.

APPLICATION OPENS february 4, 2022

Application closes Tuesday, May 31

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


    • Attend the SOC Annual Meeting and Scientific Session during the fellowship year and present your research project in a dedicated session for Zinner fellows.

    • 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


    • 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.

      • 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.

2021 Fellowship Awardees and Mentors

Elizabeth Berger, MD

Assistant Professor

Yale University

2021 - 2022 Fellow

Gita Suneja, MD

Associate Professor

University of Utah

2021 - 2022 Mentor

Sarah Lee, MD

Assistant Professor

NYU Langone Health

2021 - 2022 Fellow

Lesly Dossett, MD

Associate Professor

University of Michigan

2021 - 2022 Mentor

Click here to download application

Deadline: Tuesday, May 31, 2022

E-mail completed applications as one PDF to SOC Administrator, Ashley Duby.