Call for Applications for Members of APGO Surgical Education Scholars Program Advisory Committee

Application deadline is Monday, May 4, 2020.

APGO is pleased to announce a leadership opening for the APGO Surgical Education Scholars (SES) Program. We are seeking leaders in ob-gyn surgical education to serve as members of the SES Advisory Committee starting in July 2020. 

The goal of the SES program is to provide a mechanism, on a national level, that develops confident professional surgical educators who are prepared to implement surgical curricula at teaching institutions across the United States and Canada. The program also strives to prepare participants to conduct multi-institutional research and validation of surgical education methodologies, which in turn will improve women’s health care. Graduates of this program will be prepared and expected to fulfill major surgical educational responsibilities and positions within their medical centers. For the full SES Program description, click here.

Program Advisory Committee
The SES Program Advisory Committee is comprised of physician educators (including the Program Chair and Program Co-Chair) who are considered national leaders in surgical education.

The members of the advisory committee will be solicited from the APGO membership and affiliated organizations. A selection committee will be appointed which will include the Program Chair and Co-Chair.  The applicants will be ranked by the members of the selection committee. Phone interviews will be conducted with the top three to five candidates. The Program Chair and Co-Chair will submit the final rankings and a report of the personal interviews to the APGO President for review and approval.

The purpose of the SES Advisory Committee is to provide program participants with a vigorous curriculum and serve as advisors throughout the 18-month long program cycle. The term for these positions is two, 2-year renewable terms that will begin in July 2020. After serving on the faculty for a minimum of two terms, a faculty member may be eligible to be appointed as Program Co-Chair by the APGO President.

The Program Chair and Co-Chair collaboratively oversee the activities of the advisory committee members.

Interested applicants should submit via email to Marianne Poe at mkpoe@apgo.org:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover Letter that includes the following:
    • ability to structure time for participation so that a commitment can be made to serve for a minimum of four years, experience as a mentor for junior faculty, summary of major surgical educational responsibilities, summary of APGO participation and leadership, and a summary of educational scholarship completed or in progress
  • Letter of Endorsement from Chair (supervisor)
  • The names and contact information of five individuals, including two mentees, who may be contacted as references

APGO invites interested and qualified applicants to apply for these positions through electronic submission from now through May 4, 2020.

Candidates will be advised of the disposition of their applications by the end of June 2020.

Advisory Committee Member Responsibilities: 

  • Meets all deadlines for assignments. If deadline is not able to be met, he/she must proactively communicate with APGO staff liaison and/or faculty team member(s) to renegotiate due date(s).
  • Must attend and participate in scheduled conference calls and faculty meetings. May miss up to two (2) faculty conference calls and one (1) faculty meeting per cycle.
  • Must attend all four (4) scholar meetings each cycle.
  • Develops, edits and delivers curricular materials incorporating the contemporary teaching methodologies that are widely utilized at both the undergraduate and graduate medical education level across the United States.
  • Serves as an advisor to 2 – 3 scholars for the duration of the cycle by providing constructive review and feedback on their assignments and final project.
  • Notifies program chairs of any curricular changes and negotiates with them as appropriate.
  • Makes recommendations to advisory committee regarding program content.
  • Facilitates the specific program sessions that are appropriate to his/her expertise.
  • Works closely with the APGO staff liaison and faculty technical advisor to facilitate the curriculum.
  • Works closely with the APGO staff liaison for advance planning of program logistics.
  • Is responsive to all requests regarding program logistics, equipment lists.
  • Works directly with the APGO staff liaison on programmatic changes that will affect the program and/or the budget.
  • Collaborates with faculty and APGO staff liaison in making decisions regarding scholars completing the program.
  • Participates in the development of surveys and evaluations, as necessary.
  • Reviews program evaluations and critically evaluates the program
  • Reviews and critically evaluates performance of other faculty and program co-chairs each cycle.
  • Completes self-evaluation at the conclusion of each cycle.

Faculty Member Qualifications and Skills

Candidates should have:

  • An ob-gyn faculty position for a minimum of 10 years, with at least five years focused in ob-gyn surgical education
  • A record of being an active participant in APGO (attends meetings, gives presentations, submits abstracts, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to complete tasks/projects in a timely manner and meet assigned deadlines
  • Contributions to academic and educational scholarship
  • Strong evidence of academic leadership and administrative abilities
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • A record of participation in national faculty development programs for physicians, specifically surgical education
  • A working knowledge of the SES program
  • Flexibility in scheduling to accommodate other faculty and scholars in time zones across the country (Faculty conference calls primarily take place 9:00am – 6:00pm ET, Monday – Friday)

Honorarium:  APGO will provide an honorarium of $1,500 per program cycle. The honorarium will be paid per program cycle in two installments (each fall). APGO will also reimburse limited travel expenses.

Failure to complete assignments in a timely manner, attend scheduled meetings, and otherwise fulfill required duties, will result in the faculty member being asked to resign his/her position and honoraria will be prorated. Proration may require honoraria to be reimbursed.

APGO’s policy is to provide equal opportunity in all aspects of business, without unlawful discrimination due to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, sex, disability, veteran status, marital status, genetic information, or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws.

Travel Expenses: Travel expenses for the program co-chairs related to the four SES meetings will be reimbursed as follows:

Stand-Alone Meetings (Meetings 1 and 3)

  • Up to three (3) nights lodging in order to participate in Meetings 1 and 3
  • Coach airfare will be reimbursed up to $500 without special permission; APGO will not reimburse for upgrades or upgraded reservations
  • Reasonable travel expenses (meals) following IRS guidelines
  • Rental cars are not a covered expense and will only be reimbursed up to the cost of taxi/ride-share fare to and from the location. Price to be determined by APGO.

CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting (Meeting 2)

  • One (1) nights lodging (Monday in advance of the official dates of the Annual Meeting)
  • Up to $100 in meals expenses incurred on Monday
  • Airfare/train fare, mileage to/from the airport/train station and airport/train station transfers are not reimbursable by APGO for this meeting.

CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting (Meeting 4)

  • One (1) nights lodging (Monday in advance of the official dates of the Annual Meeting)
  • Up to $100 in meals and incidental expenses incurred on Monday
  • Airfare/train fare, mileage to/from the airport/train station and airport/train station transfers are not reimbursable by APGO for this meeting.

Duties of the SES Advisory Committee

This list includes, and is not limited to, the primary duties of the Advisory Committee.

Before Meeting 1

  • Before new class of scholars begin, actively participate in scheduled faculty conference calls and meetings
  • Once scholars are accepted, review pre-program survey summary and use information as a framework for curriculum presentations
  • Update syllabus material; prepare slide presentations and handouts on APGO templates
  • Prepare for Meeting 1 presentations
  • Attend in-person faculty meeting the evening before Meeting 1 begins
  • Attend Meeting 1 welcome reception on the evening of Day 1
  • Attend Meeting 1 sessions; teach appropriate sessions

Before Meeting 2

  • Connect with scholar advisees at least twice between Meetings 1 and 2
  • Connect with scholar’s home mentor at least once before Meeting 2 by phone
  • Develop and/or revise syllabus material for Meeting 2; prepare slide presentations and handouts on APGO templates
  • Prepare for Meeting 2 presentations
  • Actively participate in faculty conference calls and meetings
  • Attend Meeting 2 sessions; teach appropriate sessions

Before Meeting 3

  • Connect with scholar advisees at least twice between Meetings 2 and 3
  • Develop and/or revise syllabus material for Meeting 3; prepare slide presentations and handouts on APGO templates
  • Prepare for Meeting 3 presentations
  • Copy edit scholars abstracts to ensure suitability for publishing
  • Actively participate in faculty conference calls and meetings
  • Attend in-person faculty meeting the evening before Meeting 3 begins
  • Attend Meeting 3 sessions; teach appropriate sessions

Before Meeting 4

  • Connect with scholar advisees at least twice between Meetings 3 and 4
  • Develop and/or revise syllabus material for Meeting 4; prepare slide presentations and handouts on APGO templates
  • Prepare for Meeting 4 presentations
  • Copy edit scholars abstracts to ensure suitability for publishing
  • Actively participate in faculty conference calls and meetings
  • Attend Meeting 4 sessions; teach appropriate sessions

Graduation Luncheon

  • Attends graduation celebration for each class of scholars (Friday during the CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting)

Scholar Application Process:

  • Review any assigned applications and make appropriate disposition recommendations
  • Participate in selection committee conference call(s), as necessary