Putting motivated budding surgeons in touch with experienced and knowledgable supervisors.
Allowing them to work together to achieve research goals, with the ultimate aim of improving research mass within the region.
At present there is a lack of obviously available opportunities for keen young aspiring surgeons.
Whilst there is copious amounts of quality research happening throughout the region, along with the NIHR academic training pathway, students and junior trainees struggle to find opportunities to get involved in research projects, which in reality should be much easier to do. Furthermore more active engagement may be possible to educate juniors as to the potential ways they may incorporate a research interest into their careers as surgeons.
By setting up the academy we aim to guide, educate and inspire the next generation of research leaders in every field of surgery.
We aim to put experienced and knowledgable supervisors in touch with the motivated cohort of budding surgeons, allowing them to work together to achieve research goals, with the ultimate aim of improving research mass within the region.
With increased conference representation via abstract presentations, as well as peer reviewed publications, adding to the regions research portfolio and increasing funding opportunities within the North East surgical community.
It will provide the opportunity for senior trainees to advertise project ideas and lead studies with students and junior trainees, allowing them to develop invaluable research supervision and mentoring experience
Our ultimate ambition is to provide future funding for dedicated NESTAC academic posts within the training programme through Research Capacity Funding, with encouragement for these trainees to go on to academic training pathways (i.e. ACF, ACL and intermediate investigator posts, providing support throughout the training process.