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Program History

In 2010, the AASLD Governing Board directed the Membership and Mentorship Committee to create a mentorship program targeted toward medical, surgical, and pediatric residents and their mentors to attend The Liver Meeting® each year.

The resulting AASLD Emerging Liver Scholars Resident Travel Award Program is designed to promote the study of hepatology among residents who have the potential for a career in academic medicine, and who may be interested in choosing adult or pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, hepatopathology, surgery, or GI radiation with an emphasis on hepatobiliary imaging as their career focus.

Watch past participants of AASLD's Emerging Liver Scholars Program discuss their experience, and encourage other surgical and medical residents to apply for the 2015 program.


Mentoring is a developmental partnership through which one person shares knowledge, skills, information, and perspective to foster the personal and professional growth of someone else. We all have a need for insight that is outside of our normal life and educational experience. The power of mentoring is that it creates a one-of-a-kind opportunity for collaboration, goal achievement, and problem-solving.

Pictured: Oloruntoba Omobonike, MD, recipient of the 2012 AASLD Emerging Liver Scholars Resident Travel Award, Duke University, and her mentor Andrew Muir, MD, Duke University




AASLD members would serve as mentors by identifying candidates who have an interest in liver disease, and who are most likely undecided on their career path. Mentors must be willing to commit for the duration of The Liver Meeting® (Thursday-Monday), and provide feedback and regular follow up with AASLD about this program.

Mentors are expected to:

  • Guide the resident throughout the program, and check in daily with the resident during The Liver Meeting®
  • Share knowledge, understanding, and experiences in the field of hepatology
  • Facilitate career development through guidance and advice
  • Provide for two-way communication
  • Become the champion of the resident

Mentees in this program must demonstrate motivation, self-direction, and personal integrity; highly developed interpersonal skills; and demonstrated leadership and potential for academic success. And — most of all — the desire to succeed. Mentees must be willing to commit for the duration of The Liver Meeting® (Friday-Tuesday), and provide feedback to their mentors and AASLD with regular follow up after the program.

Mentees are expected to:

  • Allow their mentors to guide them throughout the program, be open to suggestions about programming and attendance at certain functions throughout The Liver Meeting®
  • Check in daily with their mentor
  • Provide for two-way communication
  • Serve as a resource to their colleagues by informing them about their experience at The Liver Meeting®, and by working with AASLD to produce materials for future scholar award recipients

Program Benefits


  • Complimentary registration to The Liver Meeting®
  • Opportunity to assist AASLD in the development and evaluation of its efforts to promote and support the hepatology workforce


  • One year of AASLD Trainee membership (includes journals)
  • Free registration to The Liver Meeting® (includes the Postgraduate course, one Meet-the-Professor luncheon, the Career Development Workshop, and Early Morning Workshops)
  • Up to 5 nights hotel at The Liver Meeting® (Thursday-Monday nights)
  • Up to 6 days actual expenses at The Liver Meeting® (reimbursed)
  • Travel expenses to The Liver Meeting®
  • Participation in the Emerging Liver Scholar Alumni group, continuing your opportunity to learn, and network with fellow award recipients and AASLD members.

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