2nd Annual SSAT Surgical Fellowship Presentations and Overview
Following its successful inauguration 1 year ago in Chicago, the 2nd annual SSAT Surgical Fellowship Fair took place in Washington D.C. during the 2015 Digestive Disease Week. This event was established under the leadership of the SSAT and the SSAT Resident Education Committee in order to provide a forum to help residents decide whether to pursue fellowship training.
The symposium was divided into 7 presentations – one for each subspecialty and each given by a leader from the national surgical society representing each fellowship. Each talk provided a wealth of information on each subspecialty and focused on various aspects, from the pre-fellowship application process and the many factors required to make you a competitive candidate, to the expectations during training, and to the post-fellowship career landscape, including salary, job availability, types of practices, etc. The Fair was well attended by both trainees and staff, and was subsequently followed by an informative and high-yield group Q&A discussion that provided trainees additional information.
Fellowship presentations included:
As a general surgery resident it can often be daunting given the various career options available, especially since we do not always get early exposure to every subspecialty. Our decision-making is often subjective and biased by mentors that we strive to emulate. Barely having started as a senior, residents have to ask themselves who to network with, who to do research with, which society meetings to attend. For instance, if you are interested in upper GI surgery, should you attend SAGES, SSAT, or other GI or thoracic surgery conferences? Further exacerbating this dilemma is the considerable overlap between fellowships and the significant heterogeneity amongst various nation-wide programs within each track. For instance, if you are interested in treating cancer patients, should you attend SSO or AHPBA, given the recent interest you developed in liver surgery during your hepato-pancreato-biliary surgery rotation? These are all very important and career-altering decisions that this symposium was designed to address.
If you were unable to attend this year’s Fellowship Fair, consider joining us next year or take the time to watch the video presentations below from this year’s Fair. We hope they will help you become better informed to follow the path that is best suited for your interests, objectives and personality. Remember to share this link with your colleagues so that they may benefit as well!
On behalf of the committee, we sincerely thank the invited speakers for their time, as this important event would otherwise not be possible.