Collaborative Northwestern Surgical Oncology Research Training (CONSORT)

Project: Research project

Project Details


Surgeon-scientists are an underrepresented population in academic medicine, and federally funded surgeon-scientist- led research has been in decline over the past decade. Substantial challenges are faced by surgical trainees seeking research training. Importantly, surgical resident training programs with ample protected time for dedicated, intensive experiential research training have effectively contributed to the “pipeline” of successful, independently funded surgeon scientists. These researchers have meaningfully impacted surgical oncology patient care and scientific knowledge. The proposed Collaborative Northwestern Surgical Oncology Research Training (CONSORT) program brings together the extensive multidisciplinary oncologic expertise at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine (FSM) and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center to create a multidisciplinary, two-year research training program consisting of (1) a Health Services and Outcomes Research (HSOR) Track and (2) a Basic Science and Translational Research Track. All HSOR track trainees accepted into CONSORT will be enrolled in the Master ’ s of Science in Health Services and Outcomes Research (MSHSOR), as we have done for all prior trainees. BTS track trainees can enroll in the Master’ s of Science of Clinical Investigation (MSCI), but they will also have the option to forego the Master’s degree in place of the structured, tailored didactic s with their Mentor Team The CONSORT program will draw upon the FSM Department of Surgery’s 30-year experience of training in bench and translational surgical oncology research and the 15- year surgical oncology HSOR resident training collaboration between the Northwestern Institute for Comparative Effectiveness Research in Oncology (NICER-Onc), the HSOR Postdoctoral Fellowship at Northwestern, and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Cancer Programs. Since 2009, we have trained 43 surgical research traineeswho have gone on to oncology -focused academic careers, During a two-year, intensive training period (100% protected time),trainees in the CONSORT program will be immersed in multidisciplinary, experiential research training, using a team science approach, with committed mentorship and focused didactic teaching, while assuring their eligibility for certification by the American Board of Surgery. Each trainee will have an experienced and diverse Mentor Team (content and methodological experts), tailored to their training needs. The CONSORT program core curriculum will include brief courses in study design and analytic approaches, best practices and ethics in research , and career development. Trainees will participate in the workshops, seminars, and research training opportunities at Northwestern and at relevant surgical and oncologic professional societies. Trainees will design and execute research projects that culminate in presentations at major national professional meetings and publications in high- impact journals. Continuous monitoring and iterative program improvement will be achieved by engagement of a highly accomplished External Advisory Committee and robust evaluation by Northwestern’s Searle Center for Advanced Learning and Teaching. The ultimate goal of the CONSORT program is to assure an increase in the number of surgical trainees who successfully pursue and achieve academic careers as independently funded surgical oncologic physi
Effective start/end date7/1/206/30/25


  • National Cancer Institute (5T32CA247801-04)


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