The American College of Surgeons (ACS) International Relations Committee (IRC) cosponsored two International ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) Scholarships and two International Surgical Education Scholars this year.
The International ACS NSQIP Scholarships enable surgeons from outside North America who are interested in surgical quality improvement to attend the annual ACS NSQIP National Conference. The scholarships are cosponsored by ACS Quality Programs. The application deadline for the 2016 International ACS NSQIP Scholarships is February 15, 2016, for attendance at the annual conference in San Diego, CA, July 16–19.
The 2015 awardees, Li Chun Hsee, MB, BChir, FACS, a general surgeon at Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand, and Okechukwu Hyginus Ekwunife, MD, BS, consultant pediatric surgeon at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Nigeria, attended the ACS NSQIP conference this July in Chicago, IL, and visited several ACS NSQIP participating surgery centers tailored to their particular interests.
The two International Surgical Education Scholars attended the annual Clinical Congress this October in Chicago, a program that is cosponsored by the ACS Division of Education. Ramzi Alami, MD, FACS, a general surgeon, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and Daniel K. Ojuka, MD, faculty, department of surgery, University of Nairobi, Kenya, attended the Surgical Education: Principles and Practices session and other programs at the Clinical Congress. They also gave brief public addresses about their work before going on to visit several ACS-approved centers for surgical education.
The application deadline for the 2016 International Surgical Education Scholarship program is May 2, 2016. The awardees will attend the 2016 Clinical Congress in Washington, DC. The program requirements will be published soon.