The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) offers international scholarships for two surgeons from countries other than the U.S. or Canada who demonstrate strong interest in surgical quality improvement. The scholarships, in the amount of $10,000 each, provide the Scholars with an opportunity to attend the 2013 ACS NSQIP National Conference July 13–16, in San Diego, CA, where they will meet with program leadership and surgeon champions from ACS NSQIP participating hospitals. Following the conference, the candidate is encouraged to visit one to two hospitals that meet the candidate’s specific clinical interests. These hospitals should also have strong quality programs.
The scholarship requirements are:
- Applicants must be medical school graduates.
- Applicants must submit their applications from their intended permanent institution.
- Applications will be accepted for processing only when the applicants have been in surgical practice, teaching, or research for a minimum of one year at their intended permanent location, following completion of all formal training (including fellowships and scholarships).
- Applicants must be under 55 years of age at the time of application.
- Applicants must have demonstrated a commitment to surgical quality improvement.
- Applicants must submit a fully completed application form provided by the College on its website. The application and accompanying materials must be typewritten and in English. Submission of a curriculum vitae only is not acceptable.
- Applicants must provide information regarding their work setting, including their hospital and patients, as well as their participation in quality improvement activities in this setting. They must also indicate their career goals and describe how they will transfer their newly acquired knowledge to their current workplace.
- Applicants must submit letters of recommendation from three colleagues, including one letter from the chair of the department of their hospital or where they hold an academic appointment, or an ACS Fellow who resides in their country. The letter from the chair or the Fellow letter must include a specific statement detailing the nature and extent of the quality improvement involvement of the applicant. Letters of recommendation should be submitted separately by the recommenders.
- Applicants are required to submit a curriculum vitae of no more than 10 pages.
The International ACS NSQIP Scholarships must be used in the year for which they are designated. They cannot be postponed.
Applicants who are awarded scholarships will submit a full written report of their experiences provided through the scholarships upon completion of their scholarships.
An unsuccessful applicant may reapply only twice and only by completing and submitting a current application form provided by the College, together with new supporting documentation.
The scholarships provide successful applicants with the privilege of participating in the ACS NSQIP National Conference. The College will assist in arranging hotel accommodations in the conference city. Visit the ACS NSQIP website for more information.
In order to qualify for consideration by the selection committee, applicants must fulfill all requirements. The formal International ACS NSQIP Scholar application appears on the ACS Scholarships Web page. Supporting materials and questions should be directed to: Administrator, International Liaison Section, American College of Surgeons, 633 N. Saint Clair St., Chicago, IL 60611-3211, USA; or firstname.lastname@example.org; or fax: 312-202-5021.
Completed applications for the International ACS NSQIP Scholarships for the year 2013 and all of the supporting documentation must be received by the International Liaison Section before February 15, 2013, in order for an applicant to receive consideration by the Selection Committee. All applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision by April 30, 2013.