A Roadmap for Aspiring Surgeon-Scientists in Today's Healthcare Environment

Basic Science Committee of the Society of University Surgeons

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OBJECTIVE: Surgeon-scientists are an essential component of the field of academic surgery, contributing to the fundamental understanding of disease and the discovery of innovative therapies. Despite this recognized value, the current landscape of academic medicine presents significant barriers to establishing and maintaining a successful career as a surgeon performing basic/translational research. Our objective is to define these barriers to academic success for surgeons, and to provide a consensus strategy for optimizing the chances of success. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: There is a significant decline in the proportion of academic surgeons who are pursuing basic science/translational research, which represents a potential threat to the very identify of the translational surgeon-scientist. METHODS: Based on published literature and expert opinion, the Basic Science Committee of the Society of University of Surgeons prepared this roadmap to encourage and guide the next generation of surgeon-scientists as they embark on their academic careers. RESULTS: This roadmap highlights key elements to consider in choosing an initial job and the importance of identifying a team of committed mentors. Expectations and guidelines for the first several years in practice are offered. CONCLUSIONS: With guidance and mentorship, aspiring surgeonscientists can overcome the challenges inherent in choosing this career path and sustain the important legacy of those before them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-72
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of surgery
Volume269
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Surgeons
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A Roadmap for Aspiring Surgeon-Scientists in Today's Healthcare Environment. / Basic Science Committee of the Society of University Surgeons.

In: Annals of surgery, Vol. 269, No. 1, 01.01.2019, p. 66-72.

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Basic Science Committee of the Society of University Surgeons 2019, 'A Roadmap for Aspiring Surgeon-Scientists in Today's Healthcare Environment', Annals of surgery, vol. 269, no. 1, pp. 66-72. https://doi.org/10.1097/SLA.0000000000002840
Basic Science Committee of the Society of University Surgeons. A Roadmap for Aspiring Surgeon-Scientists in Today's Healthcare Environment. Annals of surgery. 2019 Jan 1;269(1):66-72. https://doi.org/10.1097/SLA.0000000000002840
Basic Science Committee of the Society of University Surgeons. / A Roadmap for Aspiring Surgeon-Scientists in Today's Healthcare Environment. In: Annals of surgery. 2019 ; Vol. 269, No. 1. pp. 66-72.
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