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Annual Surgical Trainee Paper Competition

Annual Surgical Trainee Paper Competition

To honor the legacy of our late President, Chris Tzarnas, M.D., and made possible by the generous contributions of his family, friends, and colleagues; the Academy is pleased to announce the presentation of the 4th annual Chris Tzarnas Surgical Research Award in 2019. The Chris Tzarnas Surgical Research Award represents Dr. Tzarnas’ dedication to trainee education. This award will be presented annually to the 1st prize winner of the Surgical Paper Competition.

Past Chris Tzarnas Surgical Research Award Winners

2019 | Andrew Morgan, MD - Cooper University Hospital

2018 | Andrew Newton - University of Pennsylvania

2017 | Megan Lundgren-Thomas Jefferson University

2021 Competition

The Annual Surgical Trainee Paper Competition of the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery will be held on Monday, February 8, 2021 at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. This year’s format will include oral and quick shot presentations.

Cash prizes will be awarded!

Both clinical and basic science work are welcome.  Presentations at the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery need not preclude submission to other meetings or publication elsewhere.  However, the Academy does expect that the work will be original and that it will be substantially the work of the presenting trainee. In addition, the work should not have been previously published at the time of submission.  The trainee must be present at the February 8, 2021 meeting to present his/her work.


Trainees who will be matriculated in an ACGME-accredited residency in surgery or a surgical sub-specialty, medical students, and trainees in surgical fellowships are eligible to apply.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the 15 chosen presenters.


The deadline for submission of abstracts for the Surgical Paper Competition is Friday, December 18, 2020 at midnight.  Abstracts should be no more than 250 words for the body of the abstract.  The headings should include Title/Authors and Affiliations/Background/Methods/Results/Conclusions.  One table or figure can be included.  Case reports are not accepted.  Please note that only one abstract per trainee will be chosen for presentation.  Please do not submit more than two abstracts per trainee.  Electronic submission is encouraged, but not required, and can be submitted here. For questions or to submit an abstract via email, please contact .

The abstracts will be judged in a blinded fashion. Thank you for submitting your work for consideration.

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