“Community Service in Surgery – Outreach Beyond the Operating Room”
The goal of this fellowship is to promote volunteerism and social outreach amongst surgeons. Although patient advocacy is a mandatory objective of surgical residency training, the hidden curriculum within surgery often discourages social activism by not recognizing or encouraging community outreach. By incorporating social outreach and volunteerism within the junior surgical curriculum, the goal is to engage residents early in their training so that the idea of giving back to the community will become part of their professional self-identity. The fellowship will also seek to break down the current barriers to community outreach among surgeons and surgical trainees.