International ACS NSQIP Scholarships and International Surgical Education Scholarships deadlines approaching

The application deadlines for two prestigious international scholarships are rapidly approaching. Applications for the 2015 American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) Scholarships are due February 16, 2015 and applications for the International Surgical Education Scholarships are due May 1, 2015.

ACS NSQIP Scholarships

The ACS Quality Programs and International Relations Committee awarded three International ACS NSQIP Scholarships in 2014. Two will be awarded in 2015. These scholarships enable international surgeons who are interested in surgical quality improvement to attend the annual ACS NSQIP National Conference. The 2014 awardees—Abhinav A. Sonkar, MB, BS, FACS, a general surgeon and associate professor of surgery, Chaptrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University, Lucknow, India; Arkadiusz P. Wysocki, MB, BS, a general surgeon in Brisbane, Australia; and Zafar Nazir, MB, BS, FACS, a pediatric surgeon and associate professor of surgery, The Aga Khan University of Karachi, Pakistan—attended the ACS NSQIP National Conference in San Diego, CA, and then visited several ACS NSQIP-approved surgery centers tailored to their specialty interests.

The next application deadline for the 2015 International ACS NSQIP Scholarships is February 16. The National Conference will take place in July in Chicago, IL. For details about the scholarship and the application requirements, go to the ACS website or contact Kate Early, International Liaison, ACS Division of Member Services, at

International Surgical Education Scholars

Two International Surgical Education Scholars were selected to attend the 2014 ACS Clinical Congress in San Francisco, CA. This program is cosponsored by the ACS Division of Education and the International Relations Committee. Rajeev Kumar, MB, BS, a urological surgeon in New Delhi, India, and Sterman Toussaint, MD, a general surgeon in St. Marc, Haiti, attended the Surgical Education: Principles and Practices course and other sessions at Clinical Congress and gave brief public addresses about their work before going on to visit several ACS-approved centers for surgical education.

The next application deadline for the 2015 International Surgical Education Scholarships is May 1 for attendance at the 2015 Clinical Congress in Chicago, IL. The requirements will be published shortly.

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