The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is now accepting applications for the 2017 Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, Traveling Fellowship. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is June 1, 2017.
The family and friends of the late Dr. Organ, an ACS Past-President, established an endowment through the ACS Foundation to provide funding for an annual fellowship to be awarded to an outstanding young surgeon from the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, the Association of Women Surgeons, or the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association. The fellowship, established after Dr. Organ’s death in 2005, is in the amount of $5,000 and enables a U.S. or Canadian Fellow or Associate Fellow younger than 45 years old who is a member of one of the aforementioned societies to attend an educational meeting or make an extended visit to an institution of his or her choice. The experience can be tailored to the recipient’s research interests.
Past awardees have used their fellowships in creative ways to develop their careers. The 2016 fellow, Stephanie Bonne, MD, is researching a successful hospital-based violence intervention program in San Francisco, CA, to help her to develop one at her home institution, Rutgers University Hospital, Newark, NJ, where she is assistant professor of surgery.
The full requirements for the Claude H. Organ Traveling Fellowship are posted on the ACS website. Applicants will be informed of the award decision by August. Questions and application materials should be submitted to the ACS Scholarships Administrator.