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Surgical Education Research Fellowship

The University of Utah's Department of Surgery offers a funded 2-year Surgical Education Research Fellowship (SERF) program.

Program Goals

Through participation in the University of Utah Surgical Education Research Fellowship, fellows will:  

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to lead rigorous surgical education research, investigating and answering important questions that advance the science of surgical education.  Fellows will have direct experience with: 

    • IRB preparation and submission 

    • Grant writing 

    • Research study design 

    • Abstract preparation 

    • Oral and poster presentation skills 

    • Manuscript preparation and submission 

    • Serve as a reviewer for surgical education journals, such as Annals of Surgery Open – Education, and Global Surgical Education 

  • Advance their knowledge, skills, and attitudes regarding the core elements of surgical education including: 

    • Curriculum Development 

    • Instructional Methods 

    • Learner Assessment 

    • Program Evaluation 

    • Educational research (qualitative and quantitative) 

    • Program Administration (residency, clerkship, simulation, etc.) 

    • Faculty development 

    • Interprofessional education 

  • Expand their local, regional, and national network of medical educators through participation in: 

    • University of Illinois-Chicago MHPE 

    • ASE/APDS Surgical Education Week and ASE Committees 

    • Collaborative workshops and meetings with University of Michigan CSTAR 

    • ACS/AEI consortium meetings and postgraduate courses 

  • Have opportunities to enhance their clinical teaching skills 

    • General Surgery Intern Orientation 

    • MS3 Clerkship Orientation 

    • MS4 Transition to Internship Course (skills sessions) 

    • Surgery Interest Group events 

    • Surgical Exploration and Discovery (SEAD) program 



Brigitte Smith, MD, FACS, FSVS

Associate Professor
Vice Chair, Education
Director, Vascular Surgery Fellowship
Director, Surgical Education Research Fellowship

Phone: 801-585-1425


Nancy Nelson

Phone: 801-213-1367

University of Utah Health
HELIX Building
30 N. Mario Capecchi Drive
North Salt Lake City, UT 84112

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