About the program
The Surgical Scholars Program at Children's Mercy was established in 2005 to provide clinical research opportunities for aspiring pediatric surgeons. The Program has formally trained over 30 trainees and many of the previous graduates are now academic surgeons across the country. This level of productivity is possible because the division has maintained a very active surgical research for the past 10 years. The Surgical Scholars Program expanded from training one surgical scholar every other year to two-three scholars per year.
Though the program was initially based on interest in prospective clinical research, it has since expanded to include health services research with the creation of the Quality Improvement and Surgical Equity Research (QISER) Center led by Dr. Tolu Oyetunji. Scholars therefore actively participate in clinical and health services research.