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The impact of The Royal College of Surgeons of England research fellowship scheme

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Title: The impact of The Royal College of Surgeons of England research fellowship scheme
Authors: Shalhoub, J
Cromwell, D
Coomer, M
Alderson, D
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Introduction The research fellowship scheme for surgeons in training run by The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) had its 20th anniversary in 2013. A survey was undertaken to assess outcomes of the scheme during those 20 years. Methods Fellowship recipients were invited to complete an online 20-item questionnaire about their fellowship research and research activities since its completion. The questionnaire covered type of research undertaken, higher research degree enrolment, publications resulting from the fellowship research and subsequent research career. Results Of the 502 RCS fellowship recipients, 361 responded (72%). Their research covered a broad array of topics, Almost two-thirds (62%) undertook laboratory-based research and most of the remainder conducted patient-based clinical research. The vast majority (96%) of respondents had enrolled for a higher degree, with a high completion rate: 91% of fellowship recipients in the first 15 years of the scheme obtained their degree. Of the fellowships from the first 15 years of the scheme, between a fifth and a third of recipients subsequently held an academic position. The median number of peer reviewed articles and presentations per recipient was 3 and 6 respectively. Almost two-thirds (60%) of respondents had obtained funding for further research, with over half of these receiving grants from national research funding bodies. Conclusions The RCS research fellowship scheme has helped trainee surgeons to undertake research towards the start of their career. Most trainees used RCS fellowships as part of their funding towards a higher degree and this was regularly achieved, along with a number of peer reviewed publications. A significant proportion of fellowship recipients progressed into academic positions in surgery.
Issue Date: 3-May-2016
Date of Acceptance: 7-Oct-2015
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/32293
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1308/rcsann.2016.0163
ISSN: 1478-7083
Publisher: Royal College of Surgeons of England
Start Page: 431
End Page: 435
Journal / Book Title: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Volume: 98
Issue: 6
Copyright Statement: © 2016 The Royal College of Surgeons of England
Keywords: Fellowships
Funding
Research
Royal College of Surgeons of England
Surgery
1103 Clinical Sciences
Publication Status: Published
Appears in Collections:Department of Surgery and Cancer