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ACS/ASBrS International Scholarship 2018

The first ACS/American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) International Scholar Juan Jose Cossa Morchio, MD, FACS (second from right), met colleagues at the April 2017 ASBrS annual meeting. Left to right: Juan Carlos Paramo, MD, FACS; Steven Li-Wen Chen, MD, FACS, new ASBrS president; Dr. Cossa; and Jane E. Mendez, MD, FACS, Chair, ASBrS International Relations Committee. <br>The next application deadline is November 15, 2017.

Purpose

This scholarship will be awarded to surgeons specifically working in breast cancer surgery in countries other than the US and Canada to improve the quality of breast cancer surgical services. Preference will be given to applicants from developing nations. The scholarship, in the amount of $5,000, provides the scholar with an opportunity to attend the annual meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) and to visit the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) headquarters in Chicago, IL, to learn about the standards for a breast cancer program/database and the importance of multidisciplinary breast cancer care.

The awardee will receive gratis registration to the annual meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and to one available postgraduate course at the meeting. Assistance will be provided to obtain preferential housing in an economical hotel in the ASBrS meeting city. Hotel and travel expenses will be the responsibility of the awardee, to be funded from the scholarship award.

In order to qualify for consideration by the selection committee, all of the requirements must be fulfilled.

Basic Requirements

  • Applicants must be graduates of schools of medicine who have completed their surgical training and are practicing attending surgeons.
  • Applicants must be members in good standing of both the American College of Surgeons (Associate Fellow or Fellow) and the American Society of Breast Surgeons (Active or Associate Member).
  • Applicants must be at least 30 years old, but under 50, on the date that the complete application is filed.
  • 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 show evidence of commitment to high-quality breast cancer surgery, to surgical teaching, and to improving access to breast cancer surgical care in their community.
  • Applicants must submit a fully completed application form, located on the ACS website. The application and accompanying materials must be prepared using a computer and submitted in English. Submission of a curriculum vitae only is not acceptable.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not already experienced training or surgical fellowships in North America.
  • Applicants must submit independently prepared letters of recommendation from three of their colleagues. One letter must be from the chair of the department in which they hold a clinical or academic appointment or from a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons residing in their country. The chair’s or the Fellow’s letter is to directly address the applicant’s commitment to high-quality breast surgery, surgical teaching, and improving access to breast surgical care locally. The other two letters of recommendation should be from colleagues who can address the applicant’s breast cancer surgical, clinical, and teaching abilities and practice. Letters of recommendation should be submitted by the individuals making the recommendation.
  • The scholarship must be used in the year for which it is designated. It cannot 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 potential beneficial effect to the breast cancer patients in the country of origin.
  • Unsuccessful applicants may reapply only twice and only by completing and submitting a current application form provided by the College together with new supporting documentation.

All applications for the year 2018 and all of the supporting documentation must be received by the International Liaison no later than November 15, 2017, in order for an applicant to receive consideration by the selection committee. All applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision in January 2018. Applicants are urged to submit their completed applications and supporting documents as early as possible in order to provide sufficient time for processing.

2018 ACS/ASBrS International Scholarship Brochure

2018 ACS/ASBrS International Scholarship Application

Contact

Supporting materials and questions should be directed to the ACS International Liaison at kearly@facs.org or 312-202-5021 (facsimile).