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The MSS Research Committee organizes biannual research symposiums to provide the opportunity for trainees to learn and explore the current state and future directions of research. 

Several topics of past research symposiums include exploration of different research pathways (with Drs. Valerie Weaver, Simon Chu, Sara Ackerman, Alexis Colley, Amrita Basu & Mignote Vilma); insights and guidance for publishing in academic journals (with Drs. Julie Ann Sosa & Sandy Feng); and the art of scientific manuscript writing (with Dr. Pamela Derish). 

Other activities of the research committee include an ongoing project investigating barriers and facilitators of gender equity amongst academic surgery, the organization of events between learners, scientists and clinicians in surgical specialties, and coordination with the MSS communication committee to disseminate research of UCSF surgeons.

Crafting Impactful Research: An Insider's Workshop Series on Manuscript Writing

Each year, the Muriel Steele Society hosts its Annual Research Symposium, providing a forum for experts to share their advice and experiences on critical topics within a career in surgery, such as choosing a research pathway or producing academic publications. The most recent symposium was centered around the theme of “Crafting Impactful Research: An Insider's Workshop Series on Manuscript Writing,” during which three experts—Julie Ann Sosa, MD; Sandy Feng, MD; and Pamela Derish, MA—shared insights from the perspective of senior manuscript authors and editors.