Applications and supporting documentation for two 2017 Community Surgeon Travel Awards, sponsored by the International Relations Committee of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), are due July 1, 2016. The travel awards, $4,000 each and available to surgeons ages 30–50 years, allow international surgeons to attend and participate in the educational activities of the annual ACS Clinical Congress. The awards are intended specifically to assist surgeons who work in community or regional hospitals or clinics in countries other than the United States and Canada, or who are from under-resourced academic departments of surgery in under-resourced countries.
The College will cover each awardee’s registration fees for Clinical Congress 2017, October 22−26, in San Diego, CA, as well as the cost of one Postgraduate Course at the meeting. The ACS also will assist the recipients in finding preferential housing in an economical hotel. All applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision in November 2016.
Application requirements are as follows:
• Applicants must be medical school graduates who have completed their surgical training.
• Applicants must be between 30 and 50 years old on the date that the 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, teaching, or research for at least 1 year at their intended permanent location and following completion of all formal training (including fellowships and scholarships).
• Applicants must show evidence of commitment to quality care, surgical teaching, and improving access to surgical care in their community.
• Applicants must submit a fully completed application form provided on the ACS website at facs.org/member-services/scholarships/international/communitytravel. The application and accompanying materials must be submitted in English. Submission of a curriculum vitae without a completed application is unacceptable.
• Applicants who have not already experienced training or surgical fellowships in the U.S. or Canada will receive preference for the awards.
• Applicants must submit independently prepared letters of recommendation from three colleagues. One letter must be from the chair of the department in which the applicant holds a clinical or academic appointment or from an ACS Fellow residing in their country. The recommendation letter must directly address the applicant’s commitment to quality care, surgical teaching, and improving access to surgical care locally. Letters of recommendation should be submitted by the individuals making the recommendations.
• The Community Surgeon Travel Awards must be used in the year for which they are designated. They may not 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 potentially beneficial effect for patients in the country of origin.
• Unsuccessful applicants may reapply only twice and only by completing and submitting a new application together with new supporting documentation.
To qualify for consideration by the Selection Committee, all of the requirements must be fulfilled.
Supporting materials and questions should be directed to Kate Early, International Liaison, at firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 312-202-5021.