STRIVE Program Meetings and Events

The STRIVE Program provides meetings and events throughout the year. Please refer to the information below.

Surgical Trainees Advancing Research Symposium (STARS)

Each spring, the Department of Surgery hosts the annual Surgical Trainees Advancing Research Symposium (STARS) at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC).

Surgical residents and medical school students mentored by the Department of Surgery faculty are invited to submit abstracts featuring original research conducted at DHMC. A panel of judges consisting of surgical faculty from various specialties reviews the abstracts and selects several for presentation.

In addition to the presentations from surgical trainees, the symposium includes a keynote address from an invited guest faculty. Judges score trainee presentations and cash prizes are awarded to the top presenters.

In 2020, STARS was successfully converted to a virtual event in keeping with health and safety guidelines pertaining to COVID-19.

11th Annual STARS and the 3rd Annual Richard W. Dow Lecture in Surgery

Thursday, April 6, 2023, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

  • DHMC Auditorium F
  • Reception and dinner featuring quickshot presentations by surgical trainees
  • RSVP required

Friday, April 7, 2023, 6:30 to 8:30 am

  • DHMC Auditorium G
  • Guest lecture and quickshot presentations by residents

View the program for the 11th Annual STARS (PDF)

Past program brochures

Please refer to the program brochures from past STARS:


Chair's Academic and Non-technical Development Opportunities Conference (CAN-DO)

Wednesdays from 5:00 to 6:00 pm

Resident research-in-progress meeting as part of the Chair's Academic and Non-technical Development Opportunities Conference (CAN-DO).

The research discussions provide residents and faculty with a venue for sharing research in progress, receiving feedback, and refining ideas.

Presentations range from informal discussions of project ideas, to pilot-testing surveys, and practicing for upcoming talks at national meetings.

Once a month, the CAN-DO meeting is dedicated to topics related to surgical education research. The Education And Collaborative researcH and Engaging Residents (TEACHER) conference serves as a forum to share project ideas and foster collaboration on surgical education research at DHMC.

Dow Surgical Resident Traveling Fellowship

With support from the Richard W. Dow Surgery Education Fund, the Dow Traveling Fellowship provides up to $2,000 to support selected surgery residents to travel to another academic institution for several days during the next to last year of their residency. During this visit, the traveling fellow(s) participate in teaching conferences, join rounds, observe surgery, and present research performed at DHMC. The goal is to promote academic interaction, create networking, and broaden the perspective of residents who had done research and are interested in an academic career. DHMC faculty research mentors nominate residents for this traveling fellowship, and final selections are made by the Dow Surgery Education Committee.

Other events

The Department of Surgery routinely offers additional programming for residents and students engaged in scholarly pursuits. Past events have included research roundtables with faculty from across Dartmouth College and DHMC.

Each roundtable event was focused on a specific cross-disciplinary theme related to surgery. Invited faculty shared examples of ongoing research with surgical faculty and trainees during an informal discussion over dinner.

Additional events have included:

  • Academic development seminars
  • Conferences and networking opportunities for faculty, residents, and medical students working on research
  • Events for faculty to share strategies for effective mentorship