Multi-Institutional Education Research Collaborative Application


The Association for Surgical Education (ASE) has the objective of promoting and supporting research in the field of surgical education. The ASE Multi-Institutional Education Research Collaborative (Research Collaborative) is intended to support multi-institutional research projects (≥3 geographically distinct sites) that will advance scientific knowledge and aim to improve undergraduate, graduate, or continuing surgical education. The Research Collaborative will assist ASE members in conducting new research studies of up to two years’ duration  addressing a surgical education problem highlighted in the recent needs assessment conducted by the ASE Multi-institutional Education Research Group (MERG; see Stefanidis et al., 2015; full citation below). These issues include, but are not limited to the assessment of resident competence and/or autonomy, faculty development, milestone integration, intraoperative instruction, and remediation.

The overarching purpose of the Research Collaborative is to help researchers complete high quality, multi-institutional educational research studies. As such, once applications are received, the Research Collaborative (a sub-group of the Education Research Committee) will select those that are appropriate for presentation during Surgical Education Week. The presentations at the spring meeting will help researchers 1) solicit additional sites for participant recruitment, 2) elicit feedback on research questions and methods, 3) learn about other ongoing multi-institutional research efforts. The Research Collaborative may also assist with IRB coordination, statistical analysis, research methodology, and site recruitment as needs are identified by study Principal Investigators.  


We request brief applications of intended research proposals. All applications are due on January 28, 2019, and must be formatted in Arial or Times New Roman font of at least 11 font size, single-spaced, and at least half-inch margins (top, bottom, left, and right) for all pages.

Applications will be reviewed by members of the ASE Education Research Committee.

All initial applications must include the following components:

  • Research plan (2 pages maximum)
    • Background and Aims
    • Research strategy with summary of proposed analytic strategy
    • Up to 24-month timetable (projected start date is July 1, 2019)
  • NIH-formatted biographical sketch for the Principal Investigator and any co-Principal Investigators
  • Letter of Support
  • Letter from any applicable groups that will be studied (e.g., medical student clerkship or residency program director)
  • Appendices (no limit), including any research or survey instruments you plan to use

Apply here: Research Collaborative Application.



Applicants must be an MD, DO, or PhD with a full-time clinical or research position in an academic medical institution where the research will be conducted. Applicants must also be an ASE member in good standing. If the applicant is currently in residency training, they must obtain a sponsor letter from an ASE member or program director at their primary research institution.  Please contact to confirm your member status.


Progress reports are due to the Research Collaborative at quarterly intervals, and final reports are due one month after completion of the project. The Research Collaborative will pass along all summary details of the research projects to the ASE Executive Board at its regular meetings. Details on reporting requirements and templates will be sent to the PI after project selection by the Research Collaborative.


All projects supported by the Research Collaborative must be submitted for presentation at the ASE annual meeting. If accepted, a submission to publish in AJS is required. If not, proof of submission to another journal is required. Please note: All participants in the Research Collaborative must acknowledge the Research Collaborative of the ASE in any presentations or publications resulting from a supported project.


Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on or before January 28, 2019. No late submissions will be accepted. Corrections of oversights/errors discovered after the deadline will not be allowed. All applications should be submitted online. Please let Dr. Arghavan Salles ( know if there are any questions or concerns about this process.

You will be notified by March 18, 2019, if you will be invited to give a brief presentation during Surgical Education Week.


Applicants may submit more than one proposal as long as they are sufficiently different from each other.


  1. Stefanidis D, Cochran A, Sevdalis N, Mellinger J, Phitayakorn R, Sullivan M, Barney L; Multi-Institutional Educational Research Group of the Association for Surgical Education.  Research priorities for multi-institutional collaborative research in surgical education.  Am J Surg. 2015 Jan;209(1):52-8. PMID:  25454954 → Needs assessment of current surgical education research problems that could be addressed through multi-institutional research.
  2. → Great overview of IRB issues when conducting multi-institutional research
  3. → Written for basic scientists, but has some lessons on ethical issues associated with multi-institutional research that can be applied to surgical education research