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Surgical Education Research

The Surgical Education Research Fellowship at IU School of Medicine Department of Surgery is a two year professional development opportunity for general surgery and integrated surgical sub-specialty trainees with an interest in surgical education. The fellowship is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Accredited Educational Institutes (ACS-AEI).

Fellows gain experience in surgical simulation and in designing, implementing and evaluating multi-disciplinary educational curricula. Additionally, fellows design, implement, analyze, present and publish the results of their research projects that span a wide variety of education topics. Fellows are afforded numerous opportunities for national and international research collaboration with other centers and investigators. Fellows are expected to present their works of scholarship during Surgical Education Week, the joint meeting of the Association for Surgical Education and the Association for Program Directors in Surgery, the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress Education Forum, the annual ACS-AEI Simulation Summit in Chicago, Illinois, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), the International Meeting of Simulation in Healthcare, and other national meetings. Through these activities, fellows have access to thought leaders and peers in the field of surgical education.

MHPE Degree Requirement

Surgery residents that participate in the surgical education research fellowship also enroll in the MHPE program at either University of Illinois-Chicago or University of Cincinnati at no cost to the resident.


To promote the educational mission of IU School of Medicine and the Department of Surgery, and to conduct and disseminate scientifically rigorous scholarship in the field of surgical education.

Goals and Objectives

  1. Identify and apply appropriate conceptual frameworks in simulation and surgical education
  2. Acquire requisite knowledge and apply appropriate methodological and statistical approaches to data analyses
  3. Prepare institutional review board (IRB) submissions and complete IRB approval processes
  4. Develop robust teaching and assessment skills
  5. Prepare and effectively deliver scientific podium and poster presentations at local and national meetings
  6. Effectively manage a variety of research and teaching activities while expanding knowledge
  7. Advise and mentor student researchers engaged with our research group 
  8. Appraise works of scholarship in surgical education and simulation
  9. Design and administer research protocols on a variety of topics
  10. Write  and submit competitive grant applications
  11. Share research findings via writing scientific manuscripts and submitting for publication
  12. Collaborate with internal and external investigators on surgical education and simulation research projects
  13. Design and administer original educational curricula for learners at the IU Department of Surgery
  14. Recognize all important steps of curriculum development including development of needs assessment, learning objectives, instructional design and curriculum evaluation
  15. Organize the fellowship lecture series

Fellowship Lecture Series

The fellowship curriculum includes monthly presentations by a faculty educator or guest speaker on education topics that enrich the fellow’s knowledge and enhance their teaching and education research skills. Presentation topics have included:

  • Skills Curriculum Design
  • Simulation Debriefing
  • Understanding Validity
  • Standard Setting
  • Qualitative Research
  • Providing Feedback
  • How to Write an Abstract
  • How to Write a Paper
  • How to Review a Paper
  • Curriculum Design and Evaluation
  • How to Design a Research Project
  • Use of Telesimulation
  • Equity and Outcomes: Challenges in Surgical Education
  • Interprofessional Education Simulation