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2014 International ACS NSQIP Scholarship applications due February 14


The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program® (ACS NSQIP®) with the International Relations Committee co-sponsor International ACS NSQIP Scholarships for two surgeons from countries other than the U.S. or Canada who demonstrate strong interests in surgical quality improvement. Completed applications for the 2014 scholarships and all of the supporting documentation must be received by the International Liaison Section no later than February 14.

The scholarships of $10,000 each provide the recipients with an opportunity to attend the 2014 ACS NSQIP National Conference July 26-29 in New York, NY, and meet with program leadership and surgeon champions from ACS NSQIP participating hospitals. Following the ACS NSQIP conference, the candidate is encouraged to visit one to two hospitals reflecting the candidate’s specific clinical interests. These hospitals should also have strong quality programs.

The scholarship requirements are:

• Applicants must be graduates of schools of medicine.

• Applicants must submit their applications from their intended permanent institution.

• Applications will be accepted for processing only when the applicants have been in surgical practice, teaching, or research for a minimum of one year at their intended permanent location, following completion of all formal training (including fellowships and scholarships).

• Applicants must be younger than 55 years of age at the time of application.

• Applicants must have demonstrated a commitment to surgical quality improvement.

• Applicants must submit a fully completed application form provided by the College on its website. The application and accompanying materials must be typewritten and in English. Submission of a curriculum vitae only is unacceptable.

• Applicants must provide information regarding their work setting, including their hospital and the patients they see, as well as their participation in quality improvement activities in this setting. They must also indicate their career goals, indicating how they plan to transfer their newly acquired learning to their current workplace.

• Applicants must submit letters of recommendation from three of their colleagues. One letter must be from the chair of the department of their hospital or in the program in which they hold academic appointment, or an ACS Fellow residing in their country. The chair’s or the Fellow’s letter is to include a specific statement detailing the nature and extent of the quality improvement involvement of the applicant. Letters recommendation should be submitted separately by the the references.

• Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae of 10 or fewer pages.

The International ACS NSQIP Scholarships must be used in the year for which they are designated. They cannot be postponed.

Applicants who are awarded scholarships will submit a full written report of the experiences provided through the scholarships upon completion of their scholarships.

An unsuccessful applicant may reapply only twice and only by completing and submitting a current application form provided by the College, together with new supporting documentation.

The scholarships provide successful applicants with the privilege of participating in the ACS NSQIP National Conference. Assistance will be provided in arranging hotel accommodations during the conference.

More information regarding the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program can be found at

To qualify for consideration by the selection committee, applicants must fulfill all requirements. The formal International ACS NSQIP Scholar application appears on the ACS Scholarships web page at Supporting materials and questions should be sent to the International Liaison, Kate Early, via e-mail at

All submissions must be received by the February 14 deadline for the selection committee to consider each application. All applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by April 30.

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