The International Relations Committee of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has announced the availability of the ACS Traveling Fellowship to Japan. This fellowship is intended to encourage international exchange of surgical scientific information. The ACS Traveling Fellow will visit Japan, and a Japanese Traveling Fellow will visit North America. Applications for the Fellowship will be accepted through June 2, 2014.
The scholarship is available to a Fellow of the ACS in most of the surgical specialties who meets the following requirements:
- Has a major interest and accomplishment in clinical and basic science related to surgery
- Holds a current full-time academic appointment in Canada or the U.S.
- Is younger than 45 years of age on the date the application is filed
- Is enthusiastic, personable, and possesses good communication skills
The Fellow is required to spend a minimum of two weeks in Japan and engage in the following activities:
- Attend and participate in the annual meeting of the Japan Surgical Society (JSS), which will be held in Nagoya, April 16–18, 2015
- Attend the Japan ACS Chapter meeting during the JSS meeting
- Visit at least two medical centers outside of the annual meeting city before or after the JSS conference to lecture and to share clinical and scientific expertise with local surgeons
The academic and geographic aspects of the itinerary will be finalized in consultation and mutual agreement between the Fellow and designated representatives of the JSS and the ACS Japan Chapter. The surgical centers to be visited would depend to some extent on the special interests and expertise of the Fellow and previously established professional contacts the Fellow has with surgeons in Japan.
The successful applicant’s spouse is welcome to accompany the Fellow on the trip. There will be opportunities for social interaction, in addition to professional activities.
The College will provide $7,500 (U.S.) to the successful applicant, who will also be exempt from registration fees for the JSS annual meeting.
The Fellow must meet all travel and living expenses. Senior JSS and ACS Japan Chapter representatives will consult with the Fellow about the centers to be visited in Japan, the local arrangements for each center, and other advice and recommendations about travel schedules. The Fellow must make travel arrangements in North America to have access to reduced fares and travel packages for travel in Japan.
The ACS International Relations Committee will select the Fellow after review and evaluation of the final applications. A personal interview may be requested before the final selection.
The successful applicant and an alternate will be selected and notified by November 30, 2014.