The Association for Surgical Education (ASE) has the objective of promoting and supporting research in the field of surgical education. The ASE Multi-Institutional Education Research Collaborative (Research Collaborative), a sub-group of the Surgical Education Research Committee, is intended to support multi-institutional research projects (≥3 geographically distinct sites) that will advance scientific knowledge and aim to improve undergraduate, graduate, or continuing surgical education. The Research Collaborative will assist ASE members in conducting new research studies of up to two years duration addressing a surgical education problem. These issues include, but are not limited to the assessment of resident competence and/or autonomy, faculty development, milestone integration, intraoperative instruction, and remediation. The overarching purpose of the Research Collaborative is to help researchers complete high quality, multi-institutional educational research studies.
This call is for proposals of multi-institutional research projects to be presented during the ASE 2021 meeting. The purpose of the presentations will be to seek additional sites interested in participating in well-defined multi-institutional surgical education research projects. Once applications are received, the Research Collaborative (a sub-group of the Surgical Education Research Committee [SERC]) will select those that are appropriate for presentation during Surgical Education Week. The presentations at the spring meeting will help researchers in the following ways:
- solicit additional sites for participant recruitment
- elicit feedback on research questions and methods
- learn about other ongoing multi-institutional research efforts
- The Research Collaborative may also assist with research methodology and site recruitment as needs are identified by study Principal Investigators.
Applications are due April 1, 2021.Please contact [email protected] with any questions.
In addition, one multi-institutional collaborative grant is awarded to a proposal accepted for presentation. In order to qualify for the grant, projects must already have > 3 geographically distinct sites willing to participate and must be open to involving additional interested sites. Authors must indicate in their application that they would like to be considered for the grant.
The Research Collaborstive Grant is offered every other year. The next application cycle for this grant will open in winter 2022. Click here to learn more about the Multi-Institutional Research Grant.
- Stefanidis D, Cochran A, Sevdalis N, Mellinger J, Phitayakorn R, Sullivan M, Barney L; Multi-Institutional Educational Research Group of the Association for Surgical Education. Research priorities for multi-institutional collaborative research in surgical education. Am J Surg. 2015 Jan;209(1):52-8. PMID: 25454954 → Needs assessment of current surgical education research problems that could be addressed through multi-institutional research.
- http://sbsirb.uchicago.edu/page/multi-institutional-research → Great overview of IRB issues when conducting multi-institutional research
- http://ebics-dev.mit.edu/content/module-3-ethical-issues-conduct-multi-institutional-collaborative-interdisciplinary-research → Written for basic scientists, but has some lessons on ethical issues associated with multi-institutional research that can be applied to surgical education research