Northwestern University’s Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center (SOQIC) partners with the Feinberg School of Medicine’s AOSC program to offer a four-year mentorship opportunity in surgical outcomes, health services, and health policy research for medical students to learn and apply research skills.
The goal of this mentorship program is to help prepare students for a successful career in academic surgery by developing an expertise in surgical health services and outcomes research. Students will spend one summer and time during their subsequent years in medical school with the SOQIC team conducting research and working on developing a robust, meaningful research experience.
Prior students have had very successful research experiences, including numerous presentations (e.g., American Surgical Association, American College of Surgeons) and first-author publications (e.g., JAMA, Annals of Surgery).
The work completed by the students over the four years at SOQIC has helped students secure coveted residency spots around the country. The SOQIC student research experience is a unique opportunity that allows students to gain firsthand experience in outcomes and health services research methodology as well as in practical quality and process improvement work.
The program also allows the student to gain first-hand experience in academic surgery with a focus on national surgical healthcare issues.