Research Scholarship

Dr. Robert T. Burks Research Scholarship Competition

(Residents and Fellows Only)


Resident and fellow participation in Advanced Shoulder ArthroPlasty (ASAP) is critical to the long-term success of advancing the goals of the ASAP meeting.  To further our mission, ASAP is sponsoring a research abstract scholarship competition for the 2024 ASAP meeting. This resident and fellow scholarship is in honor of Dr. Robert T. Burks, past Chairman for the Metcalf Meeting. Only current orthopaedic residents and fellows are eligible for submission.  The topic should be primary or revision anatomic or reverse total shoulder arthroplasty. Both clinical and basic science abstracts will be considered.

Dr. Robert T. Burks is a Professor of orthopedic surgery specializing sports medicine, specifically knee and shoulder surgery. Dr. Burks graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1978. He completed his orthopedic residency at the University of California at San Diego and subsequently did a sports medicine fellowship with Dr. Dale Daniel, MD, in 1983, in San Diego. From 1983 to 1986, Dr. Burks was in private practice in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1986 Dr. Burks moved to Wayne State University as the director of sports medicine. In the fall of 1988, he joined the University of Utah, Department of Orthopedics, and became head of sports medicine in 1992. The same year, he became co-chair of the Metcalf Meeting following the passing of Dr. Robert Metcalf. It was the largest continual running arthroscopy meeting in the world and attracted faculty and attendees from all over. From 2004 until 2017, he served as the sole chairman of the meeting. After the Metcalf meeting ended its run in 2017, Dr. Burks provided invaluable advice to our co-directors and encouraged them to develop a meeting focused solely on shoulder arthroplasty, which led to the first ASAP Meeting in 2019. As the curator of the Metcalf Meeting for over 25 years, he provided guidance in transitioning from the Metcalf Meeting to the ASAP meeting in its current form and we continue to be grateful for his support and leadership.


The top 50 accepted abstracts will be awarded a scholarship to the meeting that will cover meeting registration costs ($850 value). A special registration link will be emailed to those with selected abstracts where you will be able to register for the meeting at the waived cost.

Additionally, the top abstract out of the selected 50 will also be awarded The Dr. Robert T. Burks, ASAP Research Scholarship which will cover meeting registration, lodging costs, and flight reimbursement for travel to the conference (Coach/Main Cabin).

All selected abstracts will be recognized during the meeting and will be displayed as a poster in the conference lobby area. Only one submission per resident or fellow will be allowed as the lead author and only the lead author will be eligible for the scholarship. It is expected if you submit an abstract, you will be present at the meeting.


  • There is no maximum word count, however submission is limited to a single page of text.
  • Font: Standard Times New Roman, type size 10pt (minimum).
  • Abstract should be single spaced.
  • Should include: Title, Authors, Institution, Introduction, Material & Methods, Results, Discussion and Disclosures.
  • May provide up to three references. These must be included within the single page submission.
  • May provide up to two figures. These may be submitted as one additional page if necessary.
  • At the bottom of each abstract, a disclosure section must be included that lists the financial relationships of each author. Disclosures should include:
    • Financial relationships in any amount,
    • Including financial relationships of their spouse or partner,
    • Within the 12 months prior to the educational activity,
    • With an ACCME-defined commercial interest (A commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on patients), and
    • That relate to the content of the educational activity.
  • Abstracts are to be uploaded on the ASAP Meeting website page using the Resident and Fellow Research Abstract Submission link (below). All abstracts should be in a Word or PDF Document.

Submit an Abstract


Deadline for submission is November 17, 2023.

Scholarship winners will be notified via email by December 8, 2023.