The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education and the International Relations Committee have announced the availability of two international scholarships focused on surgical education for 2016. These awards will offer faculty members from countries other than the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to participate in a variety of faculty development activities that will result in acquisition of new knowledge and skills in surgical education and training. The intent of the program is to help scholars improve surgical education and training in their home institutions and countries. All application materials and supporting documents are due no later than May 2 for attendance at the ACS Clinical Congress 2016, October 16−20 in Washington, DC.
About the program
The two scholars will participate in the annual Clinical Congress, including the Surgical Education: Principles and Practice course, as well as other plenary sessions and Postgraduate Courses that address surgical education and training needs across the continuum of professional development. This continuum may include the needs of practicing surgeons through their entire careers, as well as the needs of surgery residents, medical students, and other members of the surgical team.
After the Clinical Congress, each scholar will visit two Level I ACS Accredited Education Institutes (ACS-AEIs) selected in advance based on the scholars’ interest areas in surgical education and training. At the conclusion of the Clinical Congress and the scholars’ visits to the ACS-AEIs, each recipient will send to the International Relations Committee and the Division of Education a brief report outlining the outcomes that have been achieved as a result of the scholarship; this report should specifically focus on the objectives outlined in their application for the scholarship. The scholarships will facilitate the scholars’ involvement in subsequent collaborative ventures in education and training under the aegis of the ACS Division of Education.
Each scholarship provides a stipend of $10,000, supporting travel and per diem in North America and the cost of Postgraduate Courses undertaken at the Clinical Congress and at the ACS-AEIs to be visited. Clinical Congress registration and fees for attendance at the Surgical Education: Principles and Practices course will be provided. Assistance will be offered to reserve affordable housing in Washington, DC, during the Clinical Congress.
Applicants must document prior experience in surgical education and training, such as involvement in the development and evaluation of education modules, use of novel teaching and assessment strategies, or curriculum design. In addition, applicants must submit a one-paragraph description of their education philosophies, a list of specific educational goals and objectives for their visits, and evidence of support of these goals and objectives from the leadership at their home institutions. These documents will be reviewed by the Division of Education as part of the selection process. At least five years of experience beyond completion of all training and fellowships is required. Scholarships must be used in the year awarded; they may not be postponed.
Full scholarship requirements for this program may be reviewed on the ACS website. The application for the scholarship may be accessed at the bottom of the requirements page. Questions should be directed to Kate Early, ACS International Liaison, at firstname.lastname@example.org.