STS Database Clinical Research Fellowship Award

The STS Research and Analytic Center (RAC) is the home for database harvest analytics and clinical research efforts leveraging the family of cardiothoracic surgery registries within the STS National Database. The transition of database and research analytics in-house to the STS RAC presents an opportunity for clinical fellows to deeply engage in STS clinical outcomes research activities working closely with the in-house database and analytics staff, gaining fundamental knowledge in statistical modeling and research based on the STS Database. In collaboration with the Thoracic Surgery Foundation, the STS Research and Analytic Center will support one research fellow for a one-year period with a grant of $80,000. This award is open to those in active residency training in an approved ACGME or equivalent training program, or within the first two years of practice.

Research
CT Surgery Resident
Early Career
Multi-specialty
80,000
Open Date:
July 1, 2024
Close Date:
September 15, 2024
Currently Closed

Purpose

The STS Research and Analytic Center (RAC) is the home for database harvest analytics and clinical research efforts leveraging the family of cardiothoracic surgery registries within the STS National Database. The transition of database and research analytics in-house to the STS RAC presents an opportunity for clinical fellows to deeply engage in STS clinical outcomes research activities working closely with the in-house database and analytics staff, gaining fundamental knowledge in statistical modeling and research based on the STS Database.

Eligibility

  1. Candidates are in active residency training in an approved ACGME or equivalent training program, or within the first 2 years of practice.
  2. Location of activity will be primarily remote but may include occasional in-person touch points in Chicago. Candidate should anticipate at least two working visits to STS HQ in Chicago during the course of the fellowship.
  3. Funding total is $80,000 per candidate per year; funding is provided to the institution to offset the resident’s salary and benefits and two trips within the United States.
  4. Applicants will be required to provide their curriculum vitae and a personal statement that attests to their interest and prior experience with clinical research and ability to dedicate full-time effort. Three letters of recommendation will be required from employer, mentors, department chair, and/or program director attesting to the candidate’s abilities and availability to perform the duties required without restrictions.

Award Amount & Objectives

In collaboration with the Thoracic Surgery Foundation, the STS Research and Analytic Center will support one research fellow for a one-year period with a grant of $80,000 with the following objectives:

  1. To gain an intimate working knowledge of the STS database variables, their meaning, and potential impact on clinical outcomes.
  2. To gain a fundamental knowledge of research study design, statistical methods, risk modeling and their appropriate application for specific research methodologies (e.g., comparative analyses, regression, propensity matching, inverse probability weighting, time-to-event analyses, data linkages).
  3. To gain experience with efficient project management from the origin of a proposal, development of a statistical analytic plan, refining plan, analysis execution, abstract and manuscript preparation, and the publication process from initial submission to response to reviewers and final acceptance.

Required Application Materials

  • Personal Statement
  • Short Answer Questions
  • Literature References
  • Applicant's NIH Biosketch
  • Mentor's NIH Biosketch
  • 3 Letters of Support (Department Chair, Mentor, Employer and/or Program Director are required)
  • Headshot Photograph
  • Optional: Other relevant data, such as figures, additional letters of support, etc.

Other Requirements

The award recipient will be required to disclose financial grant support of the TSF/STS Clinical Database Research Fellowship on each authored paper or publication resulting from this fellowship.

The supporting institution/department will have some responsibility for the balance of the award recipient’s expenses.

Timeline

Application Open: July 1, 2024
Application Deadline:
September 15, 2024
Applicants Notified of Award or Regrets:
December 2024 - January 2025
See full award timeline here.

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