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Important Dates for ELS 2018

  • Application Deadline: May 1, 2018 (11:59 pm ET)
  • Review and Selection: May 7-15, 2018
  • Notification: May 18, 2018
  • Acceptance Deadline: June 1, 2018
  • The Liver Meeting® 2018: November 9-13, San Francisco

Program History

Created in 2012, the AASLD Emerging Liver Scholars Program promotes the study of hepatology among residents who have the potential for a career in academic medicine AND who haven’t yet determined their long-term career goals. This program is targeted toward medical, surgical and pediatric residents and their Mentors to attend The Liver Meeting® each year and participate in other AASLD activities throughout their training.

Through exposure to all The Liver Meeting® has to offer and AASLD leadership opportunities, our goal of having the resident choose hepatology or transplant hepatology for a career can be met.

Who Should Apply?

AASLD members serve as mentors by identifying candidates who have an interest in liver disease and are most likely undecided on their career path. Candidates would be:

  • 1st and 2nd year residents in Internal Medicine, Pathology, Radiology or Pediatrics
  • 1st through 4th year surgical residents

These residents would be interested in choosing adult or pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, hepatopathology, surgery or GI radiation with an emphasis on hepatobiliary imaging as their career focus.

If you know of a colleague who hasn’t quite yet determined his or her final career goals and has an interest in hepatology, please encourage them to check out the program for 2018.

What are the Expectations of Participation in this Program?

For the AASLD Mentor:

  • You will be expected to guide the resident throughout the program, both during The Liver Meeting® and following the meeting.
  • During the meeting, attend all the Emerging Liver Scholar functions when required, check in with the resident daily during the meeting, share your knowledge, understanding and experiences in the field of hepatology
  • After the meeting, help to facilitate career development through guidance and advice, provide for two-way communication and be the champion of the resident

For the Resident Mentee:

  • You must demonstrate motivation, self-direction and personal integrity
  • You must have highly developed interpersonal skills
  • You must demonstrate leadership and potential for academic success
  • You must demonstrate – most of all – the desire to succeed
  • You must be willing to commit for the duration of the meeting (Thursday – Tuesday) and provide mentors and AASLD with regular follow-up after the program
  • Allow your mentor to guide you throughout the program, be open to suggestions about programming and attendance at certain functions throughout The Liver Meeting®
  • Check in daily with your mentor
  • Provide for two-way communication
  • Serve as a resource to your colleagues by informing them about your experience at The Liver Meeting®, and by working with AASLD to produce materials for future scholar award recipients

Watch past participants of AASLD's Emerging Liver Scholars Resident Program discuss their experience, and encourage other surgical and medical residents to apply for the 2018 program.

Program Benefits


  • Complimentary annual meeting 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 Postgraduate Course, Meet-the-Professor luncheons, Career Development Workshop, and Early Morning Workshops)
  • Up to 5 nights hotel at The Liver Meeting®
  • Up to 6 days actual expenses at The Liver Meeting®
  • Travel expenses to The Liver Meeting®
  • Participation in the AASLD Resident/Fellow Ambassador Program, continuing your opportunity to network with fellow award recipients and AASLD members and reach out to colleagues about the field of hepatology and your experiences as an AASLD Emerging Liver Scholar

**AASLD Mentors are allowed one applicant per year. There is no limit of applications per institution.

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