One-year training program for graduating trainees* and early career surgical investigators.
Up to 3 applicants will be accepted each year
Applicants will work with SOC board members who will serve as their mentors and consultants for each monthly review.
Applicants will learn how to effectively review a research paper under the guidance of their mentor
The program is of no cost to the applicant
Applicants will become reviewers for JAMA Surgery at successful completion of the program*
*Only faculty are eligible to be peer reviewers for JAMA Surgery. Graduating trainees will need to be appointed faculty before they can be peer reviewers.
Upon completion of the program, applicants will be able to:
Understand the peer reviewer’s tasks and responsibilities
Learn how to detect bias, confounding and other weaknesses within research methodology
Gain skill in developing a respectful critique that improves the manuscript
Understand how to determine if a manuscript should be accepted, revised, or rejected
Understand the publication process including submission, review, revision, publication, and dissemination
Participate in monthly sessions with assigned mentor and review the SOC-JAMA Surgery methodology series https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamasurgery/pages/statistics-and-methods and discuss reviewed manuscripts.
Review a minimum of 8 manuscripts within the 1 year training program
Have 1 formal didactic session with editor(s) from JAMA surgery to understand editorial process
Reviewers in training will have 1 week to complete review and then 1 week for mentor to put together the review for JAMA Surgery. Mentor is responsible for timely submission of review to JAMA surgery
Reviewers in training must commit to confidentiality of all the materials they review for JAMA Surgery
Applicants must submit the application form along with the following: