ACS offers two international scholarships for surgical education in 2013

The American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) Division of Education and International Relations Committee have announced two international scholarships focused on surgical education. All 2013 application materials and supporting documents are due by May 1, 2013.

These scholarships will provide faculty members from countries other than the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and skills in surgical education and training by participating in a variety of faculty development activities. The College anticipates that this experience will be useful in improving surgical education and training in the scholar’s home institution and country.

Educational opportunities

The two scholars will attend the 2013 ACS Clinical Congress, October 6–10 in Washington, DC, where they will participate in the Surgical Education: Principals and Practice course. Scholars also will participate in other sessions that address surgical education and training across the continuum of professional development, including the needs of practicing surgeons, surgery residents, medical students, and other members of the surgical team.

Following the Clinical Congress, scholars will visit two Level I ACS-accredited Education Institutes selected in advance based on their interest areas in surgical education and training. At the conclusion of the Clinical Congress and the visits to the ACS-accredited Education Institutes, scholars will be required to submit to the International Relations Committee and to the Division of Education a brief report outlining their experiences, specifically focusing on achievement of the objectives outlined in their scholarship application. 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 to support travel and per diem expenses in North America, as well as the cost of courses undertaken at the 2013 Clinical Congress and for visits to ACS-accredited institutes. Clinical Congress registration and fees for attendance at the Surgical Education: Principles and Practices course will be provided gratis. Assistance will be offered to reserve affordable housing in Washington, DC.

Application requirements

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. The Division of Education staff will review these documents 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.

Please read the full scholarship requirements for this program are available. The application for the scholarship may be accessed at the bottom of the requirements page. Questions should be directed to the ACS International Liaison at kearly@facs.org.

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