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WIPs & Journal Clubs


Participation in conferences and work-in-progress (WIPS) sessions are a critical element of research education. These research events present opportunities to listen to and engage with the presentation of science, importantly both within and outside of your direct research area to provide a broad view of the surgical research landscape. WIP sessions specifically provide a friendly venue to present your work with the aim of soliciting feedback and advice. Finally, conference series and WIPs offer a research community for networking and professional development.

FAST-CaR (Fellows Advancement Skills Training in Clinical Research) WIP

Based in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, this WIP targets residents dedicated to a career in academic medicine and engaged in clinical and/or translational research projects. Residents whose primary research is basic (non- human work) but have clinical/translational projects are welcomed to participate. While there are formal eligibility requirements such as funding by a federal mechanism or equivalent (T32 / F32 / CTSI / STaRR, etc.) and a requirement to take at least one class in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, participation is strongly encouraged so there is some leeway.

The Departments of Surgery and Anesthesia have collaborated to form a WIP for their residents as a strategy to bring together clinical colleagues in the research environment. It is staffed by Department of Surgery and Anesthesia faculty as well as a biostatistician. The primary activity is monthly WIP sessions whereby two residents present their work informally and two residents will serve as lead discussants. As such, a high degree of commitment and engagement is expected. The hope is that residents will present to a non-expert audience and learn to ask questions in research areas that may not be aligned with their own topics. This WIP therefore complements WIPs that are topic-focused.

Finally, WIP participants have the privilege of attending the quarterly half-day Career Development Symposia sponsored by the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Typically meets on the second Thursday of the month and rotates from 10-11:30am and 3:30-5pm.

Contact: Diane Ngo [email protected]

ZSFG Surgery Research WIP

The goal of this WIP is to share, brainstorm, promote, and collaborate on research that is happening within the Department of Surgery at ZSFG. Different residents/fellows/PIs present 10–20-minute presentations each month followed by brief project updates from each PI to facilitate collaborations. Individuals are welcome to join at any time with the exception of twice yearly fellow-focused meetings.

Meets on the first Thursday of each month 12-1pm.

Contact Hannah Kim ([email protected])

Conferences/Journal Clubs

C-SHORE (Collaborative for Surgical Health Outcomes, Research and Equity)

This group focuses on engaging any member of the Department of Surgery community who is interested in health services research. The twice monthly meetings feature guest speakers but also include WIP sessions.

Meets the first and third Thursday of the month from 5:00-6:00pm.

Contact Diane Ngo ([email protected])

C-SHORE Website

ESCape (Education Scholarship Conference)

This education WIP sponsored is by the SOM’s Center for Faculty Educators and is open to anyone with an interest in medical education research. This weekly group scholarship consultation session provides the opportunity to consult with education researchers and colleagues in a collegial setting.

Meets weekly on Tuesdays from 12:00-1:00pm.

Contact Maria Pappas [email protected]

ESCape Website

Hepatobiliary Research Focused Meeting

For those interested in HPB/surgical oncology.

Meets on the second and fourth Fridays of the month from 7:00 -8:00am.

Contact Jane Wang [email protected] or Dr. Mohamed Adam.

AIRS Website

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery - Journal Club 

Meets on the third or fourth Wednesday of the month from 6:00-7:00am.

Contact Madison Cavallaro [email protected].

Vascular Surgery - Journal Club

Articles from recent vascular surgery literature are reviewed by vascular surgery house-staff. Vascular surgery faculty volunteer to moderate and select specific articles to review. Discussion involves a critical review of the articles, including study design and quality, relevance to clinical practice, and implications for patient care.

Meets on the last Wednesday of the month from 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM, in a hybrid ZOOM/in-person format.

Contact Stacey Ma [email protected] or Matt Kuhn 415-353-4366 to be added to the invite list.

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