In a new and exceedingly unique initiative, SLS offers the mentoring of surgical residents and fellows in high-quality, medical peer-review. The Resident and Fellow Mentoring Review Committee involves members of the JSLS Editorial Board who team up with surgical residents and fellows interested in scientific writing and peer-review, to evaluate actual scientific manuscripts that are submitted to SLS. If accepted to the Mentoring Review Committee, Residents and Fellows will be paired with JSLS Independent Reviewers and learn side-by-side the peer review process, the rigors of scientific research, and participate in robust discussion on the latest in MIS.

Resident/Fellow reviewers gain hands-on experience in evaluating a scientific manuscript through all steps of the review process and learn side-by-side with faculty members. Evaluation of all parties – resident, fellows and senior mentors – along with evaluation of the scientific material, provide a unique forum for instruction of junior colleagues unavailable in almost any other venue.

Upon completion of their Residency or Fellowship program, members of the Mentoring Review Committee will have completed their time on the Committee. Once they have completed their U.S. Board Certification, they may contact the SLS office for consideration to become a JSLS Independent Reviewer. For more information on the Guidelines for Reviewers, please click the following link:


  • Must be in a current Resident or Fellowship program
  • Must be an SLS Member at the Residents/Fellows price point *sign up here

For further details and to discuss your enrollment in this committee, please contact with your information.