The American College of Surgeons Division of Education and International Relations Committee are pleased to announce two international scholarships
focused on surgical education. These awards, in the amount of $10,000 each, provide young faculty members from countries other than the United States
and Canada with the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational opportunities for faculty development and enhancement that will result in
acquisition of new knowledge and skills in surgical education and training. This knowledge and these skills will be useful in improving surgical education
and training at the scholar’s home institution and country.
The two scholars will participate in the ACS Clinical Congress, including the course Surgical Education: Principals and Practice and other plenary sessions
and courses that address surgical education and training across the continuum of professional development. There may be a focus on the needs of
practicing surgeons, surgery residents, medical students, and members of the surgical team, or on building knowledge and skills in evaluating and
adopting new surgical technologies into surgical practice. Following the Clinical Congress, the scholars will visit appropriate Level I ACS-Accredited
Education Institutes or similarly recognized and established centers with a plan of study and interaction tailored to their particular education-based
focus. These centers are typically located in large academic hospitals, which may also allow exposure to clinical areas of interest to the scholar. At the
conclusion of the Clinical Congress and their visits to suitable institutions, each scholar will send to the ACS Division of Education and to the International
Relations Committee a brief report outlining the outcomes that have been achieved as a result of the scholarship, specifically focusing on achievement of
the objectives outlined in their application for the scholarship. Evidence of support of the scholar’s objectives from the leadership at the home institution
must be provided by the applicant and will be used as one of the criteria for selection of the scholar. The scholarship will facilitate involvement of the
scholar 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 the U.S., and the cost of courses undertaken at the Clinical Congress and
at the centers to be visited. Clinical Congress registration will be provided gratis, and assistance in reserving thrifty housing in the Clinical Congress city will
also be provided. In 2016, the Clinical Congress city is Washington, DC.
- Applicants must be graduates of schools of medicine.
- Applicants must be at least 30 years old but under 45 on the date
that the completed application is filed.
- Applicants must submit their applications from their intended
- Applications will be accepted for processing only when the
applicants have been in surgical practice and teaching for a
minimum of five years following completion of all formal training
(including fellowships and scholarships).
- Applicants must submit a fully completed online application
form provided by the College on its website. The application
and accompanying materials must be in English. Submission of a
curriculum vitae only is not acceptable.
- Applicants must submit independently prepared letters of
recommendation from three (3) of their colleagues. One letter must
be from the chair of the department in which they hold an academic
appointment and must provide evidence of support of the scholar’s
objectives from the leadership at the home institution. Letters of
recommendation should be submitted directly by the persons making
- The International Scholarships for Surgical Education must be used in
the year for which they are designated. They 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 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.
In order to qualify for the consideration by the selection committee, all of
the requirements must be fulfilled. All applications and all of the supporting
documentation must be received by the International Liaison no later than May 2,
2016, for attendance at Clinical Congress 2016.
Supporting materials and questions should be directed to:
International Liaison Section
American College of Surgeons
633 N. Saint Clair St.
Chicago, IL 60611-3211
Requirements and overview
International Surgical Education Scholars (2012-2014)
Dr. Ojuka of Kenya research surgical education in 2015