About SOCKs

About Us

Surgical Outcomes Center for Kids (SOCKs) was born out of a need to provide a readily accessible research infrastructure available to pediatric surgeon-scientists. Our over arching goal is to:​

  • Assess surgical and patient-centered outcomes that can inform future clinical decision making
  • Identify standards of excellence and best practices that can improve overall patient health
  • Implement quality improvement initiatives creating opportunities for effective resource utilization for the healthcare system as a whole

This research infrastructure has allowed our surgeon-scientists to merge their research and clinical interests, increasing academic productivity and participation in academic meetings on the national level, while continuing to move the clinical enterprise forward.

Tools and Resources


Preproposal Survey is for faculty that may already have a clinical research idea but want help formalizing a research study.

Concept Paper Template is used for investigators interested in further developing a clinical question into a full research proposal.

Capacity Audit can help determine the FTE requirements, budgeting needs, and scope of work for your research extender.  We can help determine if you would benefit from a SOCKs research fellow, and what oversight we can provide.

Literary Review Matrix

Investigator Research Tracking Sheet

Manuscript Analysis Request Form (MARF) can be submitted for an active study in any stage. The MARF allows our team and the investigator to guide statistical analysis as well as editing, formatting, and submission of the manuscript.

Grant Check List Template

Multi-Year Grant Budget Spread Sheet

Single Year Grant Budget Spread Sheet

Submission of Manuscripts to journals and conferences. Please refer to the Manuscript Submission Checklist to ensure that all needed information is provided.

Letter of Support
For our surgeon scientists seeking extramural funding, submission of a 'Letter of Support' from the SOCKs department can help establish confidence with funding organizations, showing you have access to resources necessary in order to facilitate your awarded research.