Impact of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association James W. Brooks Scholarship

Min P. Kim, Constantine Mavroudis, Jeffrey P. Jacobs, Stephen C. Yang

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Background: Medical students and general surgery residents often do not get exposure to cardiothoracic surgery (CTS) because of a decreased emphasis on CTS rotations during their training. The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association (STSA) began offering the Brooks Scholarship to medical students in 2010 and general surgery residents in 2014 to promote CTS. This study examines the impact of the scholarship. Methods: We examined the history of the award and how STSA administers the award. Next we examined the impact of the award by evaluating the number of medical students and residents who are tracked to complete a CTS program. Finally we performed an analysis of the academic output of the awardees who have completed or were tracked to complete a CTS program. Results: The scholarship was developed to honor the memory of past STSA President Dr James W. Brooks. The award is administered through the STSA scholarship committee and provides medical students and residents funds to attend the STSA annual meeting and the opportunity to spend time with a mentor during the meeting. Eighty-eight percent of medical student recipients (21/24) and 100% of general surgery resident recipients (15/15) have completed or are on track to complete a CTS program. The 36 recipients going into CTS have published a total of 823 papers and 9240 articles have cited those papers. Conclusions: The STSA medical student and general surgery Brooks scholarship awards were associated with completing or pursuing a career in CTS. STSA should continue the Brooks scholarship to attract talented medical students and residents to CTS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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