The family and friends of the late Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, in 2007 established an endowment through the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Foundation to provide funding for an annual fellowship to an outstanding young surgeon from the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, the Association of Women Surgeons, or the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association. The fellowship, in the amount of $5,000, enables a U.S. or Canadian Fellow or Associate Fellow under age 45 who is a member of one of the societies noted previously to attend an educational meeting or to make an extended visit to an institution of his or her choice, tailored to his or her research interests.
Past awardees have used their fellowships to develop their careers in creative ways. Patricia Turner, MD, FACS, who received the fellowship in 2008 and now serves as Director of the College’s Division of Member Services, performed collaborative research on patient history and surgical outcomes with the anesthesia outcome research group at the Cleveland Clinic. Bridget Fahy, MD, FACS, the 2009 awardee, joined the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medical Clinical Scholars. Melina Kibbe, MD, FACS, the 2010 recipient, participated in the Executive Leadership in Academic Management for Women program. Carla M. Pugh, MD, FACS, the 2011 recipient, attended the ACS Clinical and Translational Research and Education Meeting.
The full requirements for the Claude H. Organ, Jr., Traveling Fellowship are posted at http://www.facs.org/memberservices/research.html. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is July 1, 2012, and the College will inform applicants of the decision by September 1, 2012. Submit questions and applications to the attention of the ACS Scholarships Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.