Distinguished Service Award

APSA's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award is given in recognition of a lifetime commitment to, and wide-reaching impact on, the field of pediatric surgery. It has only been awarded a handful of times in the organization's history.

The frequency of this award is determined by the Board.

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Robert E. Gross Award for Excellence in Pediatric Research and Achievement

The APSA Robert E. Gross Award for Excellence in Pediatric Research and Achievement recognizes a seminal contribution by an individual who has made a major impact on pediatric surgery. His or her contributions have resulted in a major change in how pediatric surgeons manage a particular problem, and the results have been demonstrated to be durable with time and widely accepted by pediatric surgeons as "standard practice." The Award was created by the APSA Board of Governors and is presented at their discretion.

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NEW! Humanitarian Award

The APSA Surgical Humanitarian Award recognizes an APSA member whose career has been dedicated to ensuring the provision of surgical care to underserved children without expectation of commensurate reimbursement. This award is intended for surgeons who have dedicated a significant portion of their surgical careers to humanitarian efforts either locally or globally, rather than routine surgical practice. Examples include a career dedicated to missionary surgery, the founding and ongoing operations of a charitable organization dedicated to providing surgical care to the underserved, or a retirement characterized by surgical volunteer outreach. Having received compensation for this work does not preclude a nominee from consideration and, in fact, may be expected based on the extent of the professional obligation. The frequency of this award will be determined by the Board based on the nominations submitted.

Travel Fellowship

The Travel Fellowship, supported by APSA and the APSA Foundation, is an annual award for young surgeons from low and low-middle income countries to attend and experience the educational and networking opportunities of the APSA Annual Meeting. The fellowship includes: complimentary registration to the APSA Annual Meeting, lodging during the APSA Annual Meeting, travel expenses to and from the APSA Annual Meeting, the opportunity to give a 5-10 minute presentation to APSA membership on his/her background, current practice and future goals, a stipend of US $200, and a complimentary subscription to the Pediatric Surgery NaT for a period of one year.

Applications for the 2020 award will be available in October 2018. 

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Quality, Safety and Value Award in Surgery

The APSA Quality, Safety and Value Award in Surgery is awarded to the manuscript that best demonstrates quality improvement principles, patient safety initiatives and/or addresses the value proposition by demonstrating an improvement in outcomes while at the same time reducing cost or other measures of resource utilization. The quality of the manuscript and potential impact of the intervention for improving value outside of the author’s own institution will serve as the primary criteria for judging.

The award is given to the authors of the best manuscript based on an abstract presented at the APSA annual meeting and  is published in the APSA edition of the Journal  of Pediatric Surgery. The recipient of the award receives a $500 prize and a framed certificate.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Abstracts presented in the Quality and Safety Scientific Sessions are eligible for award consideration, provided a manuscript is submitted via the regular APSA channels.
  • Abstracts must provide data on both outcomes and resource utilization and demonstrate an improvement in healthcare value in one of the following three ways:
    • Improvement in outcomes and a concomitant reduction in resource utilization or cost. Outcomes can include condition/disease-specific measures (e.g. complications) and/or patient-centered measures (e.g. patient satisfaction, quality of life).
    • Improvement in outcomes without an increase in resource utilization or cost.
    • Reduction in resource utilization or cost without a detrimental effect on outcomes.
    • Improved patient safety through systematic improvement in care.
    • Utilization of quality improvement tools or techniques.
  • A manuscript supporting the abstract must be submitted for review for publication in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery (JPS), via the regular APSA channels by the stated deadline.
  • Video presentations are not eligible.

More detailed information regarding timelines and judging criteria for the award will be sent to authors following the initial review of eligible abstracts.

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Innovation Award

The Innovation Award is presented for the best abstract presented in the Innovation session. The winner receives a prize of $500 and a framed certificate.

In an effort to encourage and disseminate novel ideas, authors are encouraged to submit abstracts detailing new techniques, therapies, devices or processes of care that have the potential to improve the treatment of pediatric patients. Abstracts will be judged on the uniqueness and potential impact of the idea, as well as the quality of the presentation. Submissions designed to promote a particular product are discouraged.

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M. Judah Folkman Memorial Awards

This award was created in honor of Dr. M. Judah Folkman and his legacy of leadership in our organization, the tremendous body of work he left behind and the way he selflessly shared his art of medicine with so many students and the art of healing with so many children and families. 

The American Pediatric Surgical Association and the Association of Training Program Directors for Pediatric Surgery are proud to present the M. Judah Folkman Memorial Award for outstanding research presentations given during the APSA Annual Meeting. Award recipients must be residents currently enrolled in an ACGME approved or equivalent Royal College of Surgeons of Canada approved training program (general or pediatric surgery). Presentations are judged on scientific merit and actual presentations.

Two winners are selected for best podium presentations in basic science and clinical categories.  Winners receive a prize in the amount of $1,000, a Folkman medallion and a framed certificate.

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Quick Shots of Distinction

APSA selects two recipients for outstanding poster presentations. Members of the Program Committee select recipients in two categories: one for basic science and one for clinical poster. Each recipient receives a prize in the amount of $250 and a framed certificate.

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APSA Foundation Jay Grosfeld, MD Scholar Grant

The American Pediatric Surgical Association Foundation (APSAF) encourages the enrichment of pediatric surgeon scientists by providing support for projects which will broaden the horizon of the recipient in a fashion not otherwise readily achieved and for which funds may not be available from usual current sources. The APSAF welcomes proposals for support of projects that encompass the humanities, medical ethics, education, clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, health care delivery, computer sciences, as well as clinical or laboratory research as they relate to the surgical sciences or to the delivery of pediatric surgical care and may include traveling fellowships or special scholarships. 

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ACS/APSA Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management

The American College of Surgeons and the American Pediatric Surgical Association offer an annual scholarship to subsidize attendance and participation in the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University. The award is to be used toward the cost of tuition, travel, housing, and subsistence during the period of the course.

Applications for the 2019 scholarship will be available in December 2018.  


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