Timothy J. Gardner Fellowship
An “Honoring Our Mentors” Fellowship Program

Program overview
The AATS Foundation Timothy J. Gardner Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for an individual to enhance their education in outcomes research.

The program is designed to run from July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019 and provides an award of $10,000 directly to the recipient to be used to supplement the awardee’s research interest through additional training in statistics, study design, and clinical research. Fellowship support may be used for tuition for courses, workshops, or symposia related to this opportunity (note: funds may not be used for tuition already incurred or courses outside the realm of this fellowship). Funds may also be used to support clinical research projects that build upon these educational activities.

The Fellowship is funded and administered by the AATS Foundation and provides awards for up to one awardee annually. Additionally, recipients will be strongly encouraged to attend the 2018 AATS Annual Meeting in San Diego; those who attend will receive complimentary registration. Awardees will be required to submit a post-fellowship report and may be asked to present at the AATS Foundation Reception at the 2019 AATS Annual Meeting.

Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for an award, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for consideration:

  1. Applicants should be North American cardiothoracic surgical residents, fellows, or young junior faculty members in the first two years of practice. Also eligible are general surgical residents in a research program who are committed to a career in cardiothoracic surgery.
  2. Applicants should express interest in outcomes research.
  3. If selected, award recipients must agree to submit a summary report and evaluation of their experience to the Foundation within sixty days after the completion of the program.

Application Process
The deadline to submit an application for the Fellowship is January 15, 2018. In addition to a formal online application, candidates will also be required to upload the following materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of support from his/her current attending surgeon or future department chair/division chief.
  • Two to three-page narrative to include: (1) what they hope to accomplish during their fellowship; (2) how they will utilize the skills they have learned at their home institution; (3) relationship of the planned study to the applicant’s prior experience, preparation and professional goals; (4) statement of future career goals, and (5) how they plan to spend the funding


The 2018 application deadline has passed.