ASE Surgical Education Research Fellowship
Since its founding in 1980, the goals and the activities of the ASE have been predicated on seeking and promulgating educationally and scientifically sound answers to the many complex questions, issues and concerns that are integral to the advancement of surgical education. In 1993, the ASE established the ASE Foundation to secure and distribute grant funds to researchers, educators and clinicians interested in investigating such questions and issues.
The Surgical Education Research Fellowship program (SERF) is a one year, home-site fellowship designed to equip investigators with the skills and knowledge needed to plan, implement and report research studies in the field of surgical education. Following acceptance into the SERF program, each fellow is carefully matched by the program’s faculty with a SERF Advisor, a respected and knowledgeable researcher who will serve as the fellow’s mentor and consultant on their particular project.
Tuition is $2,500 and is paid by the fellow’s home institution.
There are numerous benefits to participating in this prestigious fellowship. The primary benefit is that this unique fellowship affords the opportunity for motivated individuals to become proficient in a skill set highly valued by their home institutions as well as the field in general. As new knowledge relevant to surgical education is the key to the growth and development of the discipline, those educators with the requisite, specialized skills and credentials become important members of departments and institutions that are committed to securing leadership and prominence in the field.
In addition, through working with their SERF Advisor and meeting with other SERF participants, fellows establish an invaluable, life-long network of colleagues who share their career aspirations and interests.
What are the SERF Program Objectives?
The Surgical Education Research Fellowship (SERF) program is designed to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to plan, implement, and report educational research studies.
Upon completion of the program, fellows are able to:
- Methodically and thoroughly access and review the education literature.
- Formulate original and significant research questions.
- Design an educational research project using appropriate methodologies.
- Manage a surgical educational research project.
- Organize presentation of completed educational research projects for peer-reviewed academic publications and/or conferences.
- Develop a network of surgical education research colleagues.
Who Should Apply?
Members of the Association for Surgical Education who are interested in pursuing educational research.
For more information on becoming a member of the Association for Surgical Education, visit here.
Application Process & Cost
Applicants must complete the online SERF Application Form and submit it with required attachments by January 15, 2022. Course tuition is $2,500.00. Travel and Lodging not included.
For more information about current fellows, graduates and their projects, please visit the ASE website: www.surgicaleducation.com
What are the Fellowship Requirements?
I. Attend four sessions:
Monday, May 2, 2022
during the ASE Annual Meeting
San Antonio, TX
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
during the ASE Annual Meeting
San Antonio, TX
Sunday, October 16, 2022
during the ACS Clinical Congress
Friday, April 14, 2023
SERF Forum during ASE Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
II. Submit an abstract or paper, (either co-authored or approved by advisor) to a peer-reviewed forum or journal.
III. Present research progress report at the SERF Forum Friday, April 14, 2023 during the ASE Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA
IV. Workshop attendance and presentation at SERF Forum. Research projects must be completed within three years of the program start date.
Letters of notification regarding course acceptance will be emailed by February 1, 2022.
Who are the SERF Faculty?
Maura Sullivan, MSN, PhD
SERF Program Director
Professor of Clinical Surgery
Associate Dean for Simulation Education
University of Southern California
Dr. Maura Sullivan is a Professor of Clinical Surgery (Educational Scholar) at the University of Southern California. She is the Associate Dean for Simulation Education in the Keck School of Medicine, The Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Surgery and the Executive Director for the Surgical Simulation and Education Center. She has a joint appointment in the Rossier School of Education where she is a Professor and a Senior Research Associate. Her research and academic interests include Cognitive-Task-Analysis, the development of expertise, technical skills training, faculty development and curriculum development.
Dr. Sullivan obtained her undergraduate degree in nursing from Fairfield University, her Master of Science in nursing/critical care from the University of California, San Francisco, and her PhD in Educational Psychology from the Rossier School of Education at USC. She is actively involved in the Association of Surgical Education and is the Director of the Surgical Education Research Fellowship, a member of the Board of Directors and a member of the grants review committee, Center for Excellence in Surgical Education, Research and Training (CESERT). She holds an appointment with the American College of Surgeons as an ATLS Educator, is the Co-Editor-In Chief for the Resources in Surgical Education peer review online journal, is a member of the leadership team for the development of an online assessment tool to measure readiness on incoming PGY 1 residents to assume clinical duties and is the Course Director for the Surgeons As Educators Course. In addition, she is a faculty member for the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology (APGO) Academic Scholars and Leaders Program.
David Rogers, MD, MHPE, FACS, FAAP
SERF Program Co-Director
Professor of Surgery, Medical Education and Pediatrics
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
UAB Medicine Chief Wellness Officer
Dr. David A. Rogers is a professor in the Departments of Surgery, with secondary appointments in the Departments of Medical Education and Pediatrics and an adjunct appointment in the Collat School of Business. He served as the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at the School of Medicine from 2012 until 2019 and continues to serves as the co-director of the UAB Healthcare Leadership Academy. He was named the UAB Medicine Chief Wellness Officer and was appointed to the ProAssurance Chair of Physician Wellness in 2018.
Dr. Rogers received his medical degree from the University of South Florida and completed his general surgery training at the Medical College of Georgia. He subsequently completed his pediatric general surgery training at the University of Tennessee and a pediatric surgery oncology fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He received a Master of Health Professions Education degree (MHPE) from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed the Surgical Education Research Fellowship program sponsored by the Association for Surgical Education.
Before he began his administrative leadership roles, Dr. Rogers led an active research program in surgical education and served as a surgery clerkship director. He continues to be involved in surgical education by serving as a faculty member of the ACS Surgeons as Educators Course as Educators Course. A recipient of numerous departmental and institutional teaching awards, Dr. Rogers is a 2012 recipient of an Association for Surgical Education Distinguished Educator Award.
Gurjit Sandhu, PhD
Vice- Chair, Resident Life
Associate Program Director, General Surgery
Depts. of Surgery & Learning Health Sciences
Dr. Gurjit Sandhu is a Surgical Education Scientist and Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery and in the Department of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan. She also serves as the Vice Chair for Resident Professional Development in the Department of Surgery. Additionally, she is an Associate Program Director for the Section of General Surgery. She has also been selected to serve as a Faculty Associate for the Michigan Medicine Wellness Office. Dr. Sandhu’s research focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning, specifically looking at professional education, teaching methods, intraoperative entrustment, and the educational environment. Dr. Sandhu also uses her strengths as a qualitative researcher to support her work on social accountability in medical education, health equity and disparities, and physician wellness.
Emil Petrusa, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Emil Petrusa began working in medical education while in graduate school earning a PhD in educational psychology. From that experience with the physician’s assistant program, he began a career of educational innovation, improvement and scholarship at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Duke University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and now with the Department of Surgery and Learning lab at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. His areas of expertise include simulation-based assessment of healthcare providers’ clinical performance and educational research. At MGH, his job shifted to supporting surgical and medical educators to innovate in ways to allow their projects to be worthy of publication. The range of published topics has ranged from emotional intelligence, to assessing operative autonomy of surgical residents, to a competency-based training model for fundamentals of endoscopic surgery. Dr. Petrusa mentored multiple SERFers and is the past chair of the Assessment & Evaluation Committee of the Associate for Surgical Education (ASE).
Michael Kim, MD, PhD
Trauma and Acute Care Surgeon
Critical Care Physician
University of Alberta
Dr. Michael Kim is a faculty member in the Departments of Surgery and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Alberta. He completed a Master of Arts in Springfield, IL while a Surgical Education research fellow at Southern Illinois University. His current research focus is the completion of a PhD at the University of Toronto studying assessment of residents in difficulty. Dr. Kim’s interests are in workplace based assessment and feedback. He has served as Chair of the Education Research Committee as well as the Assessment, Curriculum, and Evaluation Committee for the Association for Surgical Education.
For any questions, please email Catherine Sutherland at [email protected].