ACS offers international chapters opportunity to create educational program

The International Relations Committee of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is pleased to announce a special opportunity for international ACS chapters provided by the Pon Satitpunwaycha, MD, FACS, International Fund, known as the “Dr. Pon Fund.” The Dr. Pon Fund will allow international chapters to create a local educational course that includes faculty from the ACS.

The overarching goals of this competitive grant program are to promote surgical education to the international surgical community and to encourage the active involvement of the international chapters in ACS activities.

Up to $25,000 per year will be made available to the international chapters to develop educational courses in their own countries.  Subject to the quality, merit, and requirements of each proposal, grants ranging from $12,000 to $25,000 will be awarded to up to two chapters. An international chapter may use the grant to present the ACS General Surgery Review Course or other surgery-focused courses (abdominal, thoracic, pediatric, vascular, plastics, trauma, oncologic, breast, head and neck, and so on) in its home country. The grant is intended to cover necessary costs, such as the travel expenses of ACS faculty who will teach the course. The grant is not expected to cover all expenses related to course material, venue rental, audiovisual equipment, and food; chapter funds should be used to support those expenses.

Application requirements and additional details

International chapters will submit an application in which they clearly indicate:

  • The title of the proposed course.
  • Description/purpose of activity, explaining why such a course is needed in the country; the targeted audience (surgeons, trainees, nurses, other); and learning objectives.
  • Duration of the course (between one and two-and-a-half days).
  • Course format (lectures, hands-on sessions, other). Submission of a preliminary program is required.
  • Names of proposed faculty, both local and international. International faculty will ideally support or represent 50 percent to 60 percent of the faculty. U.S.-based ACS Fellows will ideally represent 40 percent to 50 percent of the faculty.
  • A conflict of interest form must be submitted. The form is available for download.
  • Costs broken down by category (travel, materials).
  • A letter of support from the organizing institution or university.

Additional details of this program include the following:

  • Preference will be given to chapters that demonstrate additional funds from other sources. Preference will also be given to proposals that can be replicated in other international chapters.
  • The chapter must demonstrate ways it will encourage surgical trainees and medical students to attend and participate in their event.
  • A detailed report of activities must be submitted at the conclusion of the event. In addition, a detailed financial breakdown of grant use is required.

All proposals must be made by an officer of an international ACS chapter and should be submitted electronically to the International Liaison at Deadline for submission of proposals is January 15, 2016. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by April 1, 2016.

For additional information, contact the ACS International Liaison at

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