Apply for Gerald B. Healy, MD, FACS, Traveling Mentorship Fellowship

Dr. Healy

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is accepting applications through May 15 for the inaugural Gerald B. Healy, MD, FACS, Traveling Mentorship Fellowship. Colleagues and friends of Dr. Healy, Past-President of the ACS, Past-Chair of the Board of Regents, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, have established funding for the annual mentoring fellowship program in his honor.

Mentorship is one of the hallmarks of academic and professional success. This program is intended to help young surgeons develop new ideas, innovative approaches, and well-informed attitudes about safety, quality, and professionalism via visits to successful mentors.

The Gerald B. Healy Traveling Mentorship Fellowship will be used to visit and engage with one or more successful mentor(s). The award, in the amount of $5,000, will cover the recipient’s travel and per diem costs and subsidize lost revenue from days away from clinical duties.

Application requirements

Applicant requirements are as follows:

  • Applicants must be U.S./Canadian Fellows or Associate Fellows of the ACS and hold an academic rank no higher than associate professor.
  • Mentors must be U.S./Canadian Fellows of the ACS or, if in a nonsurgical (microbiology, anatomy, and so on) or nonmedical (business, law, and so on) field, be appropriate for the research and education needs of the applicant.
  • Applications must consist of the following items, to be e-mailed to the Scholarships Administrator at scholarships@facs.org as a single PDF document:
    • A one- to two-page essay describing why the applicant is interested in participating in this program
    • A joint statement from the mentor and mentee about their commitment to the relationship, including a description of the anticipated plan for the mentorship and approximately how the funds will be used
    • A brief curriculum vitae (10 or fewer pages) of the applicant and biosketch of the mentor

Awardee responsibilities

The recipient will submit reports as requested to the College for submission to the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, detailing their experience and lessons learned, and preserving such thoughts about the week for the edification of future generations of surgeons.

A financial report also will be provided at the end of the award period; the traveling fellow may use the funds to subsidize travel and per diem for mentor visits, or to replace lost revenue from clinical duties. The latter purpose is taxable.

Applications are due by May 15. A single traveling fellow will be selected, and all applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by June 30.

Visit the Gerald B. Healy, MD, FACS, Traveling Mentorship Fellowship web page for more information. Questions also may be submitted to scholarships@facs.org.

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