As one of the premiere programs in the country dedicated to surgical services research, the CSPH’s Fellowship is at the heart of our mission, and central to our goal of educating the next generation of leaders in the field. We provide surgical residents and post-doctoral fellows with the educational opportunities, mentoring support, and resources necessary to launch their careers as surgical scientists. The CSPH’s culture fosters a diverse portfolio of multidisciplinary research interests while creating synergies around compelling health services and policy questions. With support in the form of research development, project management, and biostatistical programming expertise, the CSPH advances the research agendas of its faculty members and research trainees. A central space brings fellows together with faculty, biostatisticians, and administrative staff, creating a “think tank” environment that improves the efficiency and flow of ideas and skills, and facilitates access to data, tools, and the CSPH’s collective expertise.
Today, the CSPH is home to more than a dozen research fellows whose work is shaped and guided by their faculty mentors and by Zara Cooper, the CSPH’s interim Fellowship Education Director. Fellows develop and implement highly structured fellowship plans, driven by their individual goals and research interests and facilitated by a team of primary and secondary mentors. Other aspects of our fellowship program, including our weekly Works-in-Progress sessions, are designed to provide our fellows with the feedback and resources they need to succeed. Recently the CSPH began a six-week research intensive summer course aimed at introducing incoming fellows to basic and advanced research design, methodology, and analysis concepts in addition to providing sessions on professional development, advocacy, and health policy.
Since the program’s inception, CSPH fellows have been consistently recognized regionally and nationally for their excellence in research, resulting in numerous awards, presentations, and publications. To date, the CSPH has trained over 85 fellows, who have gone on to become leaders in the field, contributing to the growth and improved understanding of the science of surgical care delivery.
For more information, please contact our administrative director, Melissa Poleo, MS.
- The skill set that I’ve acquired from my time as a CSPH fellow, from statistical methods to grant-writing and public-speaking, has not only prepared for a career in academic surgery, but has also empowered me to interpret and report medical literature in a more articulate and meaningful way to guide my clinical decision-making.Nidhi "Rhea" Udyavar, MD2016-2018
- “Being a research fellow at CSPH has been a truly transformative experience. The skills, knowledge, and habits I developed while at CSPH equipped me to collaborate with others from a variety of disciplines in order to make meaningful contributions to surgical research. I learned how to ask better questions and how to build the right team to help answer them in a rigorous and useful manner. I was also fortunate to have great mentors who helped me discover and hone my passion for surgical research, while helping me to engage in the larger academic surgical community. It has been a real inflection point in career development and one of the key highlights of my residency training.”John W. Scott, MD, MPH2013-2016
- "Working alongside some of the brightest minds in academic surgery is both humbling and inspiring. As a Harvard Business School MBA candidate, I have been able to apply my skills to projects that will improve quality and patient safety.”Peter Najjar, MD, MBA 2014-2016
- Working with such talented colleagues to tackle complex issues at the forefront of surgery and public health was a truly transformative experience. The years I spent at CSPH have certainly shaped my career trajectory and given me the tools I will need for a successful career as an academic surgeon and health services researcher.Elizabeth Lilley, MD, MPH 2014-2017
- “My fellowship at CSPH has allowed me to pursue an MPH at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Every day brings a new challenge, and I’ve been able to explore topics that I would’ve never been able to otherwise”Rebecca Scully, MD, MPH2015-2017