Surgery SCN Summer Studentships

The Surgery Strategic Clinical Network (SSCN) recognizes the importance of supporting training and mentorshipopportunities in surgical research across Alberta. One of the most efficient ways to increase research capacity is to engageundergraduate students from a variety of health- related disciplines in research projects at early stages in their academictraining.

The SSCN is pleased to announce the 2018 Summer Surgical Research Studentship (SSRS) Award Program, a scholarshipaward program to provide funding support to undergraduate students to participate and develop research skills appliedto the area of surgery relevant to the SSCN Research Strategic Plan. This capacity building initiative will support traineestowards the generation of evidence to drive decision-making, ongoing health care system improvement, health policyimprovement, and sustainability.

The objectives of the 2018 Summer Surgical Research Studentship (SSRS) Award Program include:

  • Create collaborative learning opportunities for undergraduate students across Alberta in a priority surgical research fieldas identified by the Surgery SCN
  • Support research training of students from the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary towards career pathsas clinician and scientists
  • Build student capacity to conduct and contribute to research in Surgery
  • Contribute to the generation of new knowledge that advances key topics relevant to Surgery, AHS and the SSCN.

This program will be executed in the following time period: June 2018 – August 2018.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday February 23, 2018.

Notification of award will be sent to all students and their supervisors by Friday April 06, 2018.

Funds will be released by Monday May 7th 2018



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Three Summer Surgical Research Studentship (SSRS) Awards will be offered to 3 students in this program this year. The total funding support for this award is $10,000. One of the 3 awards will support the work on the Surgery SCN priority project established by its leadership team. The priority project will involve conducting high quality systematic reviews on (1) assessing the barriers of implementation and use of synoptic reporting in surgery and (2) Effectiveness of National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) in improving outcomes, reducing complications and decreasing costs. The systematic reviews will provide necessary evidence to understand what the barriers and opportunities related to synoptic reporting in surgery and NSQIP implementation, which will advance knowledge, build research capacity, and inform decision-making. This work will provide foundation for the future projects planned by the Scientific Office in the area of Synoptic Reporting as well as in NSQIP. Two successful applicants conducting research on their own projects will receive a stipend of $1,000 per month for a maximum of 3 months (for a total of $3,000 per applicant), and an applicant working on a Surgery priority project will receive a stipend of $1,333 per month for a maximum of 3 months (for a total of $4,000) during June to August 2018. Matching funding is encouraged. All successful candidates will be required to indicate other sources of funding.
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Friday, February 23, 2018
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