ACS offering International Scholarships for surgical education

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education and International Relations Committee are pleased to announce that two international scholarships focused on surgical education will be awarded this year. These awards, in the amount of $10,000 each, provide young faculty members from countries other than the U.S. and Canada with the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational opportunities for faculty development and enhancement, which will result in the acquisition of new knowledge and skills in surgical education and training.

The scholars should find this experience useful toward improving surgical education and training at their home institutions. The scholarship also will facilitate the recipients’ involvement in subsequent collaborative ventures in education and training under the aegis of the ACS Division of Education.

Educational opportunities

The two scholars will participate in the annual ACS Clinical Congress, including the Surgical Education: Principals and Practice course, as well as other plenary sessions and postgraduate courses that address surgical education and training across the continuum of professional development. The scholars will focus on the needs of practicing surgeons, surgery residents, medical students, and members of the surgical team, or on building knowledge and skills in evaluating and adopting new surgical technologies into surgical practice. In addition to attending Clinical Congress, the awardees will further develop their clinical interests by visiting several hospitals.

Following the Clinical Congress, the scholars will visit Level I ACS-Accredited Education Institutes or similarly recognized and established centers with a plan of study and interaction tailored to their particular education-based interests. These centers are typically located in large academic hospitals, which may also allow exposure to clinical areas of interest to the scholar.

At the conclusion of the Clinical Congress and their visits to suitable institutions, each scholar will be required to send to the International Relations Committee and to the Division of Education a brief report outlining the outcomes that have been achieved as a result of the scholarship, specifically focusing on achievement of the objectives outlined in the application.

Each scholar will receive a stipend of $10,000 to support travel and expenses in North America, as well as the cost of courses undertaken at the Clinical Congress and at the centers to be visited. Clinical Congress registration will be provided gratis, and assistance in obtaining affordable housing in the Clinical Congress city will be provided. The 2014 Clinical Congress will take place in San Francisco, CA.

Scholarship requirements

Applicants must provide evidence of support of the scholar’s objectives from the leadership at their home institutions. This information will be used as one of the criteria for selection of the scholar.

The scholarship requirements are as follows:

  • Applicants must be graduates of schools of medicine.
  • Applicants must be at least 30 years old but under 45, on the date that the completed application is filed.
  • Applicants must submit their applications from their intended permanent location.
  • Applications will be accepted for processing only when the applicants have been in surgical practice and teaching for a minimum of five years following completion of all formal training (including fellowships and scholarships).
  • Applicants must submit a fully completed application form. The application and accompanying materials must be typewritten and in English. Submission of a curriculum vitae alone is not acceptable.
  • Applicants must submit independently prepared letters of recommendation from three of their colleagues. One letter must be from the chair of the department in which they hold an academic appointment, and must provide evidence of support of the scholar’s objectives from the leadership at the home institution. Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly by the persons making the recommendations.
  • The International Scholarships for Surgical Education must be used in the year for which they are designated. They cannot be postponed.
  • Awardees are expected to provide a written report upon their return home, specifically focusing on the value of the visit to the awardee and the potential beneficial effect to patients in the country of origin.
  • Unsuccessful applicants may reapply only twice and only by completing and submitting a current application form provided by the College, together with new supporting documentation.

To qualify for consideration by the selection committee, all of the requirements must be fulfilled.

The application for the International Scholarships for Surgical Education is available at Applications and supporting materials and questions should be directed to, or to Administrator, International Liaison Section, American College of Surgeons, 633 N. Saint Clair St., Chicago, IL 60611-3211 USA.

All applications and supporting documentation must be received at the office of the International Liaison no later than May 1, 2014, for attendance at the 2014 Clinical Congress.

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