The AATS Foundation’s Surgical Investigator program focuses on clinical and translational research initiatives including, but not limited to, topics related to quality and outcomes research, studies of new and innovative therapies, procedures, and technologies in cardiothoracic surgery.
The AATS Foundation Cardiac Surgical Resident Investigator Award is intended to support cardiac surgical residents enrolled in an I6 program, or general surgery residents intending to follow either a traditional 5-2 training pathway or a 4-3 Early Specialization Program in cardiothoracic surgery, to conduct research in the laboratory of an established cardiac surgical investigator. This mentored award affords funding for the research activities of residents working directly with a senior cardiac surgeon. The established cardiac surgical investigators would direct the research projects and serve as research mentors.
The timing of the research interval during the resident's training years can occur at variable times. For I6 residents, the usual time would be between years 3 and 4. For residents in the traditional or early specialization pathway, the usual timing would be between the General and Thoracic Surgical residency years.
Each award would be for up to a 2-year duration for a total investment of $40,000 in support annually. The funding would be for support of salary, research supplies, travel, and other academic expenses related directly to the research (up to 10% may be allocated for indirect costs).
The 2nd year of funding will be provided based on evidence of progress and accomplishments as documented in a progress report submitted by awardee to the AATS Foundation after the initial 8 months of funding.