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An Interview with Dr. Timothy Pawlik, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

This month, the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) Resident Corner had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Timothy Pawlik, Chair of Surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. We had the opportunity to hear his thoughts about the following questions:

  1. What did you find the most challenging about transitioning from the role of a trainee to a practicing surgeon, and what choices did you make that you think helped foster your academic success?
  2. If you had chosen a career outside medicine, what would you be doing now?
  3. How did your interests in theology and philosophy shaped your approach to medicine and surgery?
  4. What is the most important thing that we can do as surgeons to improve outcomes for pancreatobiliary cancer patients?
  5. What advice would you give to a young surgeon joining an established practice, who wants to introduce enhanced recovery pathways or other evidence-based care systems where they have not been practiced historically?
  6. If you could direct the resources of the NIH for research in GI malignancies in any way you wished, what would be your top priorities?

SSAT Awards and Scholarships for Residents, Fellows, and Young Faculty Members

SSAT Writers Workshop Scholarships
Deadline: February 17, 2017

The SSAT established the Writers Workshop Scholarships in 2014 to provide further education to SSAT Members on the writing and revising of journal manuscripts as well as the submission process. Preference will be given to residents and fellows as well as surgeons within their first five years of practice, but all SSAT members are encouraged to apply. To learn more and apply click here.

SSAT and Research Foundation of the ASCRS Joint Research Award
Deadline: February 17, 2017

This award is designed to assist in the development of young faculty members of the SSAT and American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) who want to develop an active research program in colorectal diseases. Specifically, this is designed to support research that is focused on diseases of the lower intestinal tract, including but not limited to, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, or benign conditions of the lower GI tract. The goal of this project is to foster stronger fellowship between these two Societies through greater scientific collaboration and more comprehensive young faculty mentorship. To learn more and apply click here.

SSAT Mentored Research Award
Deadline: March: 10, 2017

This one-year research fellowship award (25,000 USD for one year) will be provided to a resident or fellow to support the second or third year of research being conducted in the research program of an SSAT member. The supported research program can be focused on clinical and translational research, outcome and health services research, or basic science investigation. To learn more and apply click here.

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