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Apply for 2018 Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, Traveling Fellowship


The family and friends of the late Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, Past-President of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), have established an endowment through the ACS Foundation to provide funding for an annual fellowship to be awarded to an outstanding young surgeon from the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, the Association of Women Surgeons, or the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association. The ACS is accepting applications for the Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, Traveling Fellowship through June 1.

The fellowship, in the amount of $5,000, enables a U.S. or Canadian Fellow or Associate Fellow younger than 45 years old who is a member of one of the previously mentioned societies to attend an educational meeting or make an extended visit to an institution of his or her choice, tailored to his or her research interests.

Past awardees have used their fellowships to develop their careers in creative ways. The 2017 fellow, Kakra Hughes, MD, FACS, visited locations in Ethiopia and Ghana to begin to develop partnerships and a program for resident training in vascular surgery.

The full requirements for the Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, Traveling Fellowship are posted on the ACS website at A decision regarding this year’s awardee is scheduled to be announced in August 2018. Questions and application materials should be submitted to the attention of the ACS Scholarships Administrator at

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