ACS offers international scholarships for surgical education, training

The American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) Division of Education and the International Relations Committee are pleased to announce two international scholarships focused on surgical education and training. The two scholarships will offer faculty members from countries other than the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to participate in a variety of faculty development activities that will result in acquisition of new knowledge and skills in surgical education and training.  This knowledge and these skills will be useful in improving surgical education and training in the scholar’s home institution and country.

The two scholars will participate in the annual ACS Clinical Congress, including the course Surgical Education: Principles and Practice, as well as other plenary sessions and courses that address surgical education and training across the continuum of professional development. This continuum may include the needs of practicing surgeons across their entire careers, as well as the needs of surgery residents, medical students, and other members of the surgical team.

Following the Clinical Congress, each scholar will visit two Level I ACS-accredited Education Institutes selected in advance based on the scholars’ interest areas in surgical education and training. At the conclusion of the Clinical Congress and his or her visits to the ACS-accredited Education Institutes, each scholar will send to the International Relations Committee and to the Division of Education a brief report outlining the outcomes that have been achieved as a result of the scholarship, specifically focusing on achievement of the objectives outlined in the application for scholarship. The scholarships will facilitate the scholars’ involvement in subsequent collaborative ventures in education and training under the aegis of the ACS Division of Education.

Each scholarship provides a stipend of $10,000, supporting travel and per diem in North America, and the cost of courses undertaken at the Clinical Congress and at the ACS-accredited institutes to be visited. Clinical Congress registration and fees for attendance at the Surgical Education: Principles and Practice course will be provided gratis, as well as assistance in obtaining affordable housing in the Clinical Congress city.

Applicants must provide documentation of prior experience in surgical education and training, such as involvement in the development and evaluation of education modules, use of novel teaching and assessment strategies, or curriculum design. In addition, applicants must submit a one-paragraph description of their education philosophies, a list of specific educational goals and objectives for their visits, and evidence of support of these goals and objectives from the leadership at their home institutions. These documents will be reviewed by the Division of Education as part of the selection process. At least five years of experience is required beyond completion of all training and fellowships. Scholarships must be used in the year awarded; they may not be postponed.

Full scholarship requirements may be reviewed at www.facs.org/memberservices/research.html. The application for the scholarship may be accessed at the bottom of the requirements page. Questions may be directed to the ACS International Liaison at kearly@facs.org.

All applications materials and related documents are due no later than May 31, 2012, for attendance at the 2012 Clinical Congress in Chicago, IL, September 30–October 4, and no later than July 2, 2012, for the 2013 Clinical Congress in Washington, DC, October 6–10.

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