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Welcome (back) to a new academic year!

In terms of Resident and Fellow activities at DDW in May 2016,

  • We had an excellent Resident and Fellows Research Conference. This Conference is comprised of presentations of the top abstracts submitted by residents and fellows to DDW. The winners for the top 3 presentations of the day received monetary rewards and were,

    We encourage you to start working on an abstract to submit for next year’s meeting in Chicago!

  • The 3rd Fellowship Fair was well attended and feedback was great. Residents thought it was informative and 90% strongly agreed and 10% agreed that the Fair was useful, and 90% strongly agreed and 10% agreed that they would recommend it to others. The format was changed this year to an informal “speed-fellowship” type setting, in which residents spent approximately 8 minutes at each table, rotating to each GI specialty (including faculty and fellows) then having open-ended free time to mix at the end. Plan to attend the 4th Annual Fellowship Fair next year and spread the word!

  • The Work-Life Balance/Preventing Burnout Panel was excellent. We will post the presentations to Residents Corner once they are available.

For Residents Corner, the theme last year was how to well-position yourself to be competitive for your fellowship application. This year, Residents Corner will be highlighting monthly interviews with leaders in surgery, first asking them a question about life in general, then asking a clinical practice-type question. This month’s issue below features Dr. Selwyn Vickers (outgoing President of the SSAT and Dean of the University of Alabama School of Medicine), who discusses his “greatest failure” and what he learned, and then pancreatic leaks. Thank you Dr. Vickers!

If you have a surgeon and questions in mind, please submit using the “Comments” link on the left side of this page and we will do our best to get it done.

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