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John W. Kirklin/David Ashburn Fellowship

The CHSS Data Center would like to thank you for your application for the 2021 Kirklin/Ashburn Fellowship opportunity.

Please note that the application process is now closed.

The John W. Kirklin/David Ashburn Fellowship was created to support the efforts of a young surgeon interested in participating in the activities of the Congenital Heart Surgeonsí Society (CHSS) Data Center. The fellowship is a two-year nonclinical appointment which places the Fellow at the academic center of the CHSS which is currently housed at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. The fellow will be also be integral member of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children and is expected to attend and participate in clinical conferences and clinical research meetings.

The focus of the fellowship is outcomes research, primarily of the many multiinstitutional prospective cohort studies of the Congenital Heart Surgeonsí Society. The Fellow will become expert in database management and in all aspects of biostatistics and epidemiology. Particular emphasis is placed on the research methods, presentation at national meetings, and manuscript preparation and publication.

Candidates are encouraged to complete a Postgraduate Degree (Masters or Doctorate) in Biostatistics & Epidemiology or a related field through the University of Toronto. Tuition for degree completion will be provided and a surgical advisor appointed to guide thesis development. Special consideration will be given to applicants who are committed to a career in congenital heart disease. Ideal candidates have completed some or all of their general surgical training and intend to pursue a career in congenital cardiothoracic surgery. Although not required, some prior experience with data-analysis software (Excel, SPSS, SAS, or R) is recommended.

Previous fellows have made important contributions to the field, including high profile international presentations and publication on behalf of the CHSS. The Fellows have pursued Masters or PhD Degrees during their tenure which is facilitated by their central involvement in ongoing CHSS academic activities.

Please see an article on the Kirklin/Ashburn fellowship, written by the 2015-2017 fellow, Dr. James Meza. The article was originally published on CTSNet in October 14, 2016.

Dr. David Ashburn
Dr. Tara Karamlou
Dr. Edward Hickey
Dr. Mohammed Albanna
Dr. Anusha Jegatheeswaran
Dr. Jeffrey Poynter
Dr. Travis Wilder
Dr. James Meza
Dr. Paul Devlin