Promising Leaders Program Application

The Promising Leaders Program, established in 2017, is designed to increase the number of academic surgeons from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who are successful in obtaining leadership positions. The one-year program provides comprehensive leadership training through completion of existing courses offered by SAGES, SUS and the SBAS and strengthens their effectiveness through the integration of executive coaching and mentoring for surgeons selected for the program.


Applicants must:

  • Be from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as defined by NIH (NOT-OD-150-053): Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • Be an academic surgeon appointed at the Assistant or Associate Professor at least five years out from terminal training program at time of award
  • Actively maintain leadership-related career goals
  • Demonstrate commitment with support from Department Chair to complete all program requirements.
  • SAGES Member

Program Requirements

  • Attendance at Program Orientation at ACS Clinical Congress on October 22, 2017 in San Diego, CA
  • Attendance at SAGES Leadership Development and Healthcare Policy Program for Surgeons on November 18, 2017 in Boston, MA
  • Attendance at SUS Mid-Career Academic Surgery Professional Development Course on January 29, 2018 in Jacksonville, FL
  • Attendance and participation as a speaker/discussant/advisor to participants at SBAS Leadership and Faculty Development Institute on April 25, 2018 in Birmingham, AL
  • Attendance at SUS Leadership Agility Program on September 12-15, 2018 in Chicago, IL
  • Attendance at Program Completion Session at ACS Clinical Congress on October 21, 2018 in Boston, MA
  • Active engagement in mentoring process
  • Active engagement in executive coaching process including assessments and monthly coaching meetings
  • Completion of all program evaluations and long-term follow-up

Please note the program provides funding for registration fees for all of the above courses and participation in the executive coaching program. Participants are required to provide their own transportation and lodging to attend the required courses. The registration fee for the SUS Leadership Agility Program includes lodging and meals; participants are required to provide their own transportation for this course. SAGES will be sponsoring one of its members to attend this year-long program for $8,000, and applicants must obtain matching funds of $8,000 from their institution or other sources.

Application Deadline

Applications are to be submitted via the below form by 5pm Pacific on Monday, August 21, 2017, and will be reviewed by the We R SAGES (diversity) Task Force Chair & Co-Chairs.  Participants selected for the program will be notified by September 22, 2017.

This program is funded with support from SAGES, SUS, SBAS and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Surgery. Support is pending from NIH/NIMHD.

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