By Omar Mousa, MD, Transplant Hepatology Fellow, Mayo Clinic Rochester
AASLD: Trainee Member, Training and Workforce Committee
The AASLD Emerging Liver Scholar (ELS) Resident Travel Award program gives the trainees who are interested in hepatology a unique experience. It helps them gain special access to research symposia and career development seminars by attending The Liver Meeting®. It gives them a great opportunity to meet renowned leaders and researchers. This group of enthusiastic trainees can stay connected after the liver meeting through the AASLD Ambassadors and Emerging Liver Scholars Facebook page, which was launched during The Liver Meeting® 2014 as part of the AASLD Resident/Fellow Ambassador program. This group has grown into a family of residents and fellows who share an interest in hepatology and research in liver disease. The goal of this page is to keep the trainees connected as they progress in their careers, to share knowledge and to discuss current research.
Currently, 163 members follow the AASLD Ambassadors and Emerging Liver Scholars’ Facebook group. There are periodic posts that typically review current research or clinical trial data, and conclude with high-yield teaching pearls. The group receives contributions from former Emerging Liver Scholars and Ambassadors, and aims to develop the posts further into a bimonthly Journal Club. This page can help the trainees share knowledge and collaborate on the go, with its easy accessibility and availability on every smart device.
How about SIGs and member committees? Can trainees join?
Yes, trainees can join the AASLD Special Interest Groups (SIGs) which were created to further enhance AASLD’s collaboration of physicians who share common specialized hepatology interests. This is a great way to get more involved in AASLD. Trainees can also apply to the member committees which are active in all areas of concern to the field of liver disease. Both opportunities can be viewed at the official AASLD website.