Pugh-Leffall Surgical Education Fellowship


The Pugh-Leffall Surgical Education Fellowship at Howard University College of Medicine is awarded to outstanding sophomores who desire an early exposure to the specialty of surgery and who wish to develop skills in surgical education research. The fellowship is performed at the Howard University Health Sciences Simulation Center under the supervision of surgical faculty during the summer following the sophomore year. The program is directed by Dr. Debra H. Ford, Associate Professor of Surgery and Medical Director of the Simulation Center.

This opportunity for educational research in simulation is possible because of a generous donation presented to the College of Medicine by Dr. Carla Pugh. Dr. Carla Pugh is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine and the Howard University Hospital General Surgery residency program in surgery. After completing her surgical training, Dr. Pugh attended Stanford University and obtained a doctoral degree in education. Dr. Pugh holds many patents in the area of medical and surgical simulation and has a broad interest in the use of technology for training and assessment. Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr. is a world-renowned surgical oncologist in the Department of Surgery at the Howard University College of Medicine. Dr. Leffall has held numerous prestigious leadership positions in major surgical organizations including the American College of Surgeons and the American Cancer Society, he has won many teaching awards in the College of Medicine. The Pugh-Leffall Surgical Education Research Fellowship recognizes these two outstanding surgeons.