The Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) selected Amy E. Tan, MD, FACS, a general surgeon in Blue Hill, ME, to receive the Year 2013 Nizar N. Oweida, MD, FACS, Scholarship. Dr. Tan has served for 10 years in the rural, coastal New England town, and the Oweida Scholarship supported her attendance at the 2013 Clinical Congress in Washington, DC.
Dr. Tan said she believes that her patients appreciate having access to quality surgical care close to home. She greatly valued the opportunity to attend the 2013 Clinical Congress to learn more about using the latest in selected surgical techniques safely and consistently with sound clinical practice, skills that will help her provide her patients with the best possible care. During the Clinical Congress, Dr. Tan presented before the Scholarships Committee and the Rural Surgery Forum.
The Oweida Scholarship was established in 1998 in memory of Dr. Oweida, a general surgeon from a small town in western Pennsylvania. The $5,000 award subsidizes attendance at the annual Clinical Congress, including Postgraduate Course fees. The Oweida Scholarship assists young surgeons practicing in rural communities by giving them the opportunity to attend the Clinical Congress and benefit from the educational experiences it provides. It is awarded each year by the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors.
The Executive Committee is now accepting applications for the 2014 Nizar N. Oweida Scholarship. The Oweida Scholarship is available to an ACS member in any of the surgical specialties who meets the following requirements:
- Provides surgical services in a small town or rural community in the U.S. or Canada
- Is an ACS Fellow or Associate Fellow in good standing
- Is younger than 55 years of age on the date the application is filed
The Oweida Scholar will attend the 2014 Clinical Congress, October 26–30, in San Francisco, CA. The awardee will receive a stipend and preferential housing assistance and will deliver brief presentations at the annual meeting of the Scholarships Committee and the annual Rural Surgery Forum.
The requirements for this award are posted on the College website. The application deadline for the 2014 Oweida Scholarship is December 16, 2013. For more information, contact ACS Scholarships Administrator Kate Early at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-202-5281.