Catherine J. Hunter, MD, a pediatric general surgeon from Chicago, IL, was recently selected to receive the Year 2014 Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, Traveling Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Dr. Hunter, a 2014 ACS Initiate, is an attending surgeon and assistant professor of surgery, division of pediatric surgery, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago.
She plans to use her award to travel to key surgical conferences, including the ACS Clinical Congress 2014, the 2014 Association for Academic Surgery’s Fundamentals of Surgical Research and Career Development courses, the Academic Surgical Congress in 2015, and the 2015 meeting of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. One of her goals is to learn how women surgeons can become able mentors, and she anticipates getting critical feedback from experts in the field to help foster her mentoring skills. She also intends to hone her skills at building a research team, develop collaborative relationships with individuals outside of her institutions, and improve her grant-writing skills.
The Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, Traveling Fellowship was established in memory of Dr. Organ, a Past-President of the College. The $5,000 award makes it possible for an outstanding young surgeon to attend an educational meeting or make an extended visit to an institution of his or her choice, tailored to his or her research interests.
The Organ Traveling Fellowship benefits young surgeons who are members of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, Association of Women Surgeons, or Surgical Section of the National Medical Association. It is awarded annually.
The requirements for this award are posted online. Information regarding the 2015 Claude Organ Traveling Fellowship will be published soon.