The family and friends of the late Claude H. Organ, Jr.,
MD, FACS, have established an endowment through
the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Foundation
to provide funding for an annual fellowship to be
awarded to an outstanding surgeon from the Society
of Black Academic Surgeons, the Association of Women
Surgeons, or the Surgical Section of the National
Medical Association. This annual award is intended
to serve as a lasting memorial to the extraordinary
life and work of Dr. Organ. For information on
donating to this fund, please contact the ACS
Foundation at 312-202-5376 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Organ Traveling Fellowship is awarded to an outstanding young surgeon
so he or she can attend an educational meeting or make an extended visit to
an institution of his or her choice, tailored to his or her research interests.
The Organ Fellowship is available to a U.S. or Canadian member
of the American College of Surgeons in any of the surgical
specialties who meets the following requirements:
- Is a member of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, the Association of
Women Surgeons, or the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association
- Is a Fellow or Associate Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
- Is no more than 45 years of age on the date the application is filed
The successful applicant will receive the sum of $5,000 U.S. This amount
is to be used to help defray travel and per diem expenses, plus the cost
of any courses the awardee may take in association with the award.
The Organ Fellow will make his or her own travel arrangements.
Applications are due no later than June 1, 2015, and consist of the following items:
- An essay, of up to two pages, describing why the applicant wishes to
receive the Organ Fellowship and his or her plans for using it
- The applicant’s current brief curriculum vitae
- One letter of nomination/recommendation from applicant’s chair or mentor
Applications are to be submitted electronically, as single scanned documents
in the order noted above. Submission should be labeled with applicant’s last
name, followed by first initial. Send to the attention of the ACS Scholarships
Administrator at email@example.com. Questions may also be submitted to this address.
One awardee will be selected, and all applicants are expected to be
notified of the outcome of the selection process by July 31, 2015.
2015 Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, Traveling Fellowship Requirements
Catherine J. Hunter, MD, FACS, Lurie Children’s Hospital • Chicago, IL
Dr. Hunter will travel to key conferences to learn how women surgeons become skilled mentors. She will work with experts in the field to develop her mentoring skills, learn to build a research team, develop outside collaborations, and enhance her grant writing.
Anees B. Chagpar, MD, MSc, MPA, FACS, FRCSC,
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Dr. Chagpar will visit hospitals and health
systems in India as part of her research into
management of cancer internationally.
Keith D. Amos, MD, FACS, University of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC
Dr. Amos will spend two weeks at the Edinburgh
Breast Unit of the General Western Hospital,
Edinburgh, Scotland, observing their management
of malignant and benign breast disease, surgical
techniques, and ongoing clinical research projects.
Carla M. Pugh, MD, FACS,
Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Dr. Pugh will attend training courses at the Annual
Clinical and Translational Research and Education
Meeting to learn research techniques necessary to
move her research into actual patient outcomes.
Melina R. Kibbe, MD, FACS,
Dr. Kibbee is utilizing her fellowship to
attend the yearlong Executive Leadership in
Academic Medicine course for women at the
University of Arizona, Phoenix.
Bridget Fahy, MD, FACS,
Weill Cornell Medical College,
New York, NY
Dr. Fahy’s goal for using this award is
to become part of the American
Academy of Hospice and Palliative
Medicine Clinical Scholars program.
Patricia Turner, MD, FACS,
University of Maryland Medical Center,
Dr. Turner performed collaborative
research on patient history and
surgical outcomes with the anesthesia
outcome research group at Cleveland
Clinic, Cleveland, OH.