This conference is designed to bring students, residents, fellows, faculty and guests together to share and discuss results of research relevant to a variety of surgical disciplines. It is also an opportunity for Department of Surgery residents, graduate students and postdoctoral research trainees to develop their scientific communication skills. Each year Dr. Christopher Ellison, Chair of the Department of Surgery, invites a leader in Surgery to visit Ohio State University and get to know the students and faculty in the department through a variety of activities including participation as a faculty judge at the Annual DOS Research Conference.
Over the years the format for the conference has developed into 2 oral sessions separated by a poster session. The oral and poster presentations are competitively selected based on the quality of the science, impact of the work and novelty and diversity of the topic. DOS faculty serve as “Faculty Discussants” and comment on the presentation to put the work into context for the audience and stimulate additional discussion. Many of the residents who participate in this conference are trainees in the Department of Surgery Masters of Medical Science Program which includes structured didactics in Research Design, Biostatistics, Research Ethics, Scientific Communication (including grant writing) and Electives relevant to the area of research.
- Ginny Bumgardner, MD, PhD