Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium

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Fellowship

Current Fellow

Amy Lawrence, M.D., is the current fellow.  Amy is a general surgery resident at the University of Rochester in New York.  She is currently a research fellow at Nationwide Children’s Hospital under the mentorship of Drs. Deans and Minneci. Prior to studying medicine, she was the director of a non-profit organization for impoverished indigenous children in Guatemala and did research in maternal-fetal medicine. Her current research dossier focuses on the surgical care of adolescent females. Specifically she is currently studying methods for reducing unnecessary oophorectomies in pediatric patients with ovarian masses; understanding disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of abdominal pain in adolescent girls at children’s hospitals compared to hospitals that primarily treat adults; and evaluating racial and gender- based disparities in opioid prescribing following surgery.

Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium Research Scholar Application


 The MWPSC is seeking applicants for its Research Scholarship who are highly motivated, intelligent, hard-working, and committed to improving the outcomes of pediatric surgical patients through rigorous clinical research. The MWPSC Research Scholarship is a two-year funded research position focused on the development of multi-institutional clinical research skills through the design, execution, and management of projects across the 11 member institutions of the MWPSC. Applicants who have completed at least 2 years of clinical training can apply from any ACGME accredited general surgical training program. Scholars will be hosted at one of the MWPSC institutions, where their primary mentorship will occur. The scholar’s research portfolio will include a variety of clinical research projects reflective of a diverse group of methodologies in order to ensure a broad based educational experience in clinical research.  Scholars will have the opportunity to collaborate with principal investigators from all MWPSC sites and will attend the biannual in-person MWPSC meetings.  Scholars may attend educational seminars and courses on research methods, analytic techniques, scientific writing, grant preparation, and career development with support from their host institution.

If you are interested in applying for this scholarship for July 2020, please submit:  (1) your curriculm vitae; (2) one letter of recommendation; and (3) an essay that addresses the following four questions (<800 words total) to: sarasort@med.umich.edu between January 1 and July 1, 2019.

What are your career goals?
What would you like to accomplish as the MWPSC Research Scholar?
How do you envision this scholarship helping you achieve your overall career goals?
What attributes do you believe you can contribute to advancing the mission of the MWPSC?

Up to five applicants will be chosen for interviews with members of the MWPSC scholarship committee. One scholarship will be awarded annually which will include salary support and travel expenses for scholarly work.  Notification of interviews will be emailed the first week in February. Final decisions will be made by the end of February.The MWPSC currently has a 1 or 2 year fellowship in clinical research that is housed in one of our member centers.  This year it is in Nationwide Children's Hospital under the mentorship of Kath​erine Deans, M.D., and Peter Minneci, M.D.