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Author Fellowship Program

The goal of the Department of Surgery (DOS) Author Fellowship Program is to increase the confidence, capacity, and willingness of medical students, residents, and faculty to serve the field and share their expertise as peer-reviewed journal authors. Prospective authors (Fellows) are paired with published Faculty Advisors for a seven-month supportive fellowship.

Bi-Annual Application Deadlines: August 1st and January 1st

Submit your Fellow Application

Prospective Authors New to the Publishing Experience:

Have you thought about writing a research journal manuscript but didn’t know where to begin? The Author Fellowship Program can help. The program pairs budding writers with published authors who will provide assistance for seven (7) months with the development of a literature review, completion of a research study, and authorship of a peer-review journal article. At the completion of the fellowship, Fellows will be provided with a Certificate acknowledging the completion of the program.

Fellow Eligibility: To be eligible to be a Fellow, you must be associated with the KUMC Department of Surgery as a medical student, fellow, resident, or junior faculty with a research topic that is immediately relevant to general surgery. Proposed projects will be judged on surgical relevance, capacity to finish within the fellowship timeline, viability of research topic, and fit with fellowship resources.

Published Authors Willing to Provide Guidance for Writers:
Are you a published author who wants to share your expertise with aspiring authors and make a contribution to the research administration profession? We are looking for Faculty Advisors who have published at least one peer-reviewed article to support Fellows by advising on literature review sources; overall structure and content of an article proposal or a complete draft; and/or response to reviewer comments. Faculty Advisors are not expected to serve as proofreaders or copy editors. Faculty Advisors should be willing to commit 1 to 4 hours per month during the fellowship period, which will span 7 months, depending on the level of assistance requested by the Fellow. At the completion of the fellowship, Faculty Advisors will be provided with a Certificate acknowledging their service. To apply to be a Faculty Advisor, you have to be a member of the Department of Surgery, and complete the online Advisor application form.

Important Fellowship Dates:

  • Fall/Winter Cohort
    • August 1 – Application Period
    • October 1 – Applications Due
    • October 31 – Fellow Notification
    • November 1 – Fellowship Begins
    • May 31 – Fellowship Ends
  • Spring/Summer Cohort
    • December 1 – Application Period
    • January 1 – Applications Due
    • January 31 – Fellow Notification
    • February 1 – Fellowship Begins
    • August 31 – Fellowship Ends

Questions? Please contact Holly Zink, Department of Surgery, Research Medical Writer, at

KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Department of Surgery
Mail Stop 2005
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-3117