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Call for Nominations: Association of Women Surgeons 2013 Patricia Numann Medical Student Award
Deadline: July 15, 2013
The mission of the Patricia Numann Medical Student Award is to encourage and support an outstanding female medical student who is pursuing a career in surgery.
• The recipient of the AWS Patricia Numann Medical Student Award will be a student who, in the opinion of the AWS Awards Committee, has demonstrated leadership potential or made significant contributions to surgery.
• This award is open to female medical students who will be in their clinical years of medical school in October 2013.
• The recipient of this Award is given:
o Complimentary attendance at the AWS Fall Conference held Sunday, October 6, 2013 in Washington, DC, in conjunction with the ACS Clinical Congress.
o A complimentary dinner ticket to the AWS Awards Dinner on Monday, October 7th in Washington, DC.
o An Award Certificate recognizing the winner’s accomplishments, presented at the Awards Dinner.
o Reimbursement for travel and lodging up to $1,000 (Travel and lodging expenses may be used to attend both the AWS events and the ACS Clinical Congress events.
o One year complimentary AWS membership.
• A student may nominate herself or can be encouraged by a surgeon to apply for this award.
• The student should complete, secure and compile all the necessary information.
Association of Women Surgeons
5204 Fairmount Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Call for Nominations: Association of Women Surgeons 2013 Hilary Sanfey Outstanding Resident Award
The mission of the Hilary Sanfey Outstanding Resident Award is to recognize surgical trainees who demonstrate potential as future leaders in surgery.
• The recipient of the AWS Hilary Sanfey Outstanding Resident Award must be a surgical trainee who is in primary residence training in either general surgery or a surgical specialty at the time of nomination.
• Candidates should demonstrate exceptional leadership abilities, have excellent technical and patient management skills, interact well with other health professionals and serve as role models for junior residents and medical students.
• The recipient of this Award will receive:
o An Award Certificate recognizing the winner’s accomplishments presented at the Awards Dinner.
o Reimbursement for travel and lodging up to $1,000 (Travel and lodging expenses may be used to attend both the AWS events and the ACS Clinical Congress events.)
• Only one nomination may be submitted from each accredited surgical residency program.
• The nomination must come from the Program Director or Department Chair.
Call for Applications: 2014 Association of Women Surgeons Foundation/Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. Fellowship
A one year grant of $25,000 will be awarded to a qualified and approved grant applicant in the following research topic areas:
• Minimally Invasive Surgery
• Cancer Related Research
• Surgical Education
• Surgical Innovation
• Applicants must be a non-tenure or tenure-track faculty member in a Department of Surgery.
• Junior faculty applicants are encouraged to have a mentor for the submitted research proposal.
• Must be a current AWS member in good standing.
Individuals with research support such as national extramural grants are eligible, provided the projects do not have scientific overlap. Applicants who do not have funding from other surgical societies will be given priority. Officers and members of the AWS Grants and Fellowship Committee are excluded from mentoring applicants.
Grant Submissions are due July 1, 2013
For more information, contact AWSF at
5204 Fairmount Avenue - Downers Grove, IL 60515
Phone: 708-226-2725 - Fax: 630-493-0798
Email: INFO@WomenSurgeons.org or visit our Website at WomenSurgeons.org.
Call for Candidates: Association of Women Surgeons Foundation Kim Ephgrave Visiting Professor Program
Deadline: June 10, 2013
The Association of Women Surgeons and the AWS Foundation are pleased to announce that beginning in 2013 a new Kim Ephgrave Visiting Professorship will be awarded in recognition of Kim (1956-2012), who served in the AWS Leadership from 1997 – 2002 and as AWS President in 2000/2001.
Kim provided outstanding leadership to this organization and was an inspiration to all who had the privilege to work with her. The Kim Ephgrave Visiting Professorship recognizes outstanding leadership in our profession and provides an opportunity for networking and mentorship. Kim demonstrated excellence in these areas and it is fitting that the program is named in her honor.
The Visiting Professor Program provides a wonderful opportunity for both a distinguished woman surgeon and surgical educator and an academic medical center to interact in a positive and professional manner.
Kim Ephgrave Visiting Professors have an opportunity to share professional and personal experiences with Department Chairs, Faculty, Residents and Students through grand rounds, walk rounds, lectures and research presentations and other arranged opportunities.
Medical Centers provide the platform for the experience by hosting the Kim Ephgrave Visiting Professor at a Breakfast, luncheon, and/or dinner meetings and arranging for clinical experiences.
Visiting Professor (VP) Responsibilities:
• Applicants must be an AWS member in good standing.
• A VP must be able to coordinate with the institution to determine the appropriate time for the visit. Visits usually include lectures, discussion groups, patient evaluation, patient rounds and possibly operative procedures and take place over two days.
• A VP must be willing to interact with local women surgical faculty, residents and medical students.
• A VP must be able to share information about AWS and the AWS Foundation at appropriate opportunities – requesting copies of the 2013 AWS Pocket Mentor and Membership Applications, which could be shipped directly to your selected medical institution.
• A VP must make her own travel and accommodation reservations – institutions can provide recommendations.
• A VP should work with the selected institution to make all the arrangements – finalize the dates, times, schedule, accommodations, meals, etc.
• A VP must submit an expense form with appropriate back-up receipts to the AWS Foundation within 30 days after the visit.
• A VP must submit a report summarizing the visit within 30 days as well. Please include information about your experience and your thoughts on the process and the overall program.
• The Host Department of Surgery will sponsor the program and provide a schedule for the two-day visit.
• Provide opportunities for interaction between the Visiting Professor and local women surgical faculty, residents, and students. (Options include: reception, breakfast, luncheon, grand rounds and surgery.)
• Arrange the specific details of the visit directly with the Visiting Professor.
• Arrange for appropriate privileges and legalities if operative procedures involving the Visiting Professor are planned.
• Submit a final report summarizing your experience with this program within 30 days of hosting the Kim Ephgrave Visiting Professor – submit to the AWS Office.
AWS Foundation Responsibilities:
• Selection of the Visiting Professor and the Host-Site Institution.
• Provide reimbursement for travel (one round-trip coach airfare with a minimum of a 21-day advance purchase), accommodations and a $500 honorarium.
2014 American College of Surgeons Community Surgeon Travel Awards
The International Relations Committee of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is pleased to announce two new travel awards for surgeons aged 30 to 50. These awards, in the amount of $4,000 each, provide international surgeons with the opportunity to attend and participate fully in the educational activities of the ACS annual Clinical Congress. They are proposed to specifically assist surgeons who work in community or regional hospitals or clinics in countries other than the United States and Canada, or who are from struggling academic departments of surgery in low- or middle-income countries. For the year 2014, preference will be given to candidates from Southeast Asia.
Each awardee will receive gratis registration to the annual Clinical Congress and to one available postgraduate course held during the Clinical Congress. Assistance will be provided to obtain preferential housing in an economical hotel in the Clinical Congress city. In 2014, the Clinical Congress takes place in San Francisco, CA, October 26–30.
Applicants must be graduates of schools of medicine.
Applicants must be at least 30 years old, but under 50, on the date that the complete application is filed.
Applicants must submit their applications from their intended permanent location. 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 highquality surgery, to surgical teaching, and to improving access to surgical care in their community.
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 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 (3) 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 surgery, surgical teaching, and improving access to surgical care locally. Letters of recommendation should be submitted by the persons making the recommendations.
The Community Surgeon Travel Awards 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.
Each awardee will receive gratis registration to the annual Clinical Congress and to one available postgraduate course held during the Clinical Congress. Assistance will be provided to obtain preferential housing in an economical hotel in the Clinical Congress city.
In order to qualify for consideration by the selection committee, all of the requirements must be fulfilled.
The application for the Community Surgeon Travel Award appears on the College’s website, http://www.facs.org/memberservices/research.html.
Supporting materials and questions should be directed to:
International Liaison Section
American College of Surgeons
633 N. Saint Clair St.
Chicago, IL 60611-3211
firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-202-5021 (facsimile)
All applications for the year 2014 and all of the supporting documentation must be received at the office of the International Liaison prior to July 1, 2013, in order for an applicant to receive consideration by the selection committee. All applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision in November 2013. Applicants are urged to submit their completed applications and supporting documents as early as possible in order to provide sufficient time for processing.
Request for Grant Proposals: Association for Surgical Education Foundation
The Foundation Board's annual Call for Proposals deadline is June 1 for grants to be approved at the October Board meeting. To be considered for full committee review, proposals must meet the proposal format guidelines and be submitted no later than June 1.
The Association for Surgical Education Foundation was established by the Association for Surgical Education (ASE) as a non-profit foundation in 1993. Its mission is to raise and disseminate funds to support innovative research and education projects and programs which will advance surgical education in North America. The Association and the ASE Foundation are separately-incorporated organizations.
Because of the importance of its unique mission, the ASE Foundation has experienced significant growth in the last five years. By securing operating, project and endowment support from the Association itself, several generous corporate partners, all past presidents of the Association, many surgery department chairs, and dozens of individual supporters, by 1998 the Foundation's assets and fund raising capabilities had grown to the point where the Foundation could make its own grants to deserving investigators. This strong financial base, combined with an especially generous three year grant from U.S. Surgical in 1999, allowed for the development of the Center for Excellence in Surgical Education, Research and Training (CESERT).
CESERT and the Foundation's Board of Directors are located at the offices of the ASE at the Department of Surgery of Southern Illinois University in Springfield, Illinois.
Since October 1999, the Board of Directors of the ASE Foundation had made available grant funds of up to $100,000 per grant for research projects which addressed the ASE's and CESERT's primary areas of interest. Proposals may be submitted for one- to two-year research projects. The maximum amount to be awarded for any CESERT grant proposal will now be $25,000 regardless of length of study.
CESERT funds are intended to support excellence and innovation in surgical education research.The Foundation's Board of Directors has outlined grant-making priorities that would most effectively advance the mission of the ASE and its Foundation. CESERT funding will be allocated to those priorities. Given the diversity of the surgical profession and its many specialties, grant categories are necessarily broad.
1. Innovations in Surgical Education that Improve Patient Care Research projects that aim to develop and test content methods that yield improvements in patient care in surgery.
2. Innovations in Performance Evaluation and Assessment
Research projects that aim to develop and validate new methods of performance assessment across competency domains required for quality patient care.
3. Innovations in Student Programs
Research projects that aim to develop and improve surgical education programs for medical students.
4. Innovations in Resident and Faculty Development
Research projects that aim to develop and enhance professional development, retention, and reward of faculty and residents who teach and mentor learners in surgery.
5. Innovations in Educational Administration
Research projects that aim to develop and test new methods, resources and programs for improving performance and accountability relevant to the administration of surgical education.
Research studies could include teaching techniques, performance evaluation methods, instructional and curriculum design, and educational program design. A proposal requesting support for development of new educational programs (including new methods and/or materials) will only be considered if it meets EACH of the following criteria:
a) the proposal is theory-based;
b) it includes a research component;
c) it includes a plan for evaluation of program efficacy.
The Foundation is promoting the availability of these grant awards to active ASE members OR to members of other national surgical associations. However, members of the ASE will be given priority consideration in the Board's decision making process. If a non-ASE member wishes to apply for a grant, the non-member investigators must work in collaboration with, or have their project endorsed by, an ASE member.
GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS
Investigators are encouraged to submit succinct proposals outlining their project's goals, costs, personnel, and applicability to other surgical education programs throughout North America. The applicant institution's plan and ability to implement the results of their project or program will be important considerations for the Grants Review Committee. This proposed plan should include elementary dissemination of information and findings via professional journals and presentation at local and national meetings.
The Foundation utilizes a variety of opportunities to publicize the results of its grant-making, it is expected that authors of funded proposals will give credit in all subsequent publications and presentations to the ASE Foundation for the support provided to underwrite their work.
2014 American College of Surgeons Traveling Fellowship to Japan
The International Relations Committee of the American College of Surgeons announces the availability of the ACS Traveling Fellowship to Japan.
The closing date for receipt of completed applications is June 3, 2013. The successful applicant and an licant and an alternate will be selected and notified by November 1, 2013.
The purpose of this fellowship is to encourage international exchange of surgical scientific information. The ACS Traveling Fellow will visit Japan, and a Japanese Traveling Fellow will visit North America.
The scholarship is available to a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in most of the surgical specialties who meets the following requirements:
•Has a major interest and accomplishment in clinical and basic science related to surgery
•Holds a current full-time academic appointment in Canada or the United States
•Is under 45 years of age on the date the application is filed
•Is enthusiastic, personable, and possesses good communication skills
The Fellow is required to spend a minimum of two weeks in Japan.
•To attend and participate in the annual meeting of the Japan Surgical Society, which will be held in Kyoto, Japan, April 3–5, 2014
•To attend the Japan ACS Chapter meeting during that congress
•To visit at least two medical centers (other than the annual meeting city) in Japan before or after the annual meeting of the Japan Surgical Society to lecture and to share clinical and scientific expertise with the local surgeons
The academic and geographic aspects of the itinerary would be finalized in consultation and mutual agreement between the Fellow and designated representatives of the Japan Surgical Society and the Japan ACS Chapter. The surgical centers to be visited would depend to some extent on the special interests and expertise of the Fellow and his or her previously established professional contacts with surgeons in Japan.
His or her spouse is welcome to accompany the successful applicant. There will be opportunities for social interaction, in addition to professional activities.
The College will provide the sum of $7,500 U.S. to the successful applicant, who will also be exempted from registration fees for the annual meeting of the Japan Surgical Society.
He/she must meet all travel and living expenses. Senior Japan Surgical Society and Japan ACS Chapter representatives will consult with the Fellow about the centers to be visited in Japan, the local arrangements for each center, and other advice and recommendations about travel schedules. The Fellow is to make his/her own travel arrangements in North America, as this makes available to him/her reduced fares and travel packages for travel in Japan.
The American College of Surgeons International Relations Committee will select the Fellow after review and evaluation of the final applications. A personal interview may be requested prior to the final selection.
Applications for this traveling fellowship may be obtained from the College’s website or by writing to the International Liaison Section at the address listed below.
Please send applications for this fellowship to:
INTERNATIONAL LIAISON SECTION
American College of Surgeons
633 N. Saint Clair St.
Chicago, IL 60611-3211
or e-mail email@example.com
American College of Surgeons International Guest Scholarships 2014
The American College of Surgeons offers International Guest Scholarships to young surgeons from countries other than the United States or Canada who have demonstrated strong interests in teaching and research. The scholarships, in the amount of $10,000 each, provide the Scholars with an opportunity to visit clinical, teaching, and research activities in North America and to attend and participate fully in the educational opportunities and activities of the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress.
This scholarship endowment was originally provided through the legacy left to the College by Dr. Paul R. Hawley (FACS Hon), former College Director. More recently, gifts from the family of Dr. Abdol Islami (FACS), the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and others to the International Guest Scholarship endowment have enabled the College to expand the number of scholarship awards.
The scholarship requirements are:
Applicants must be at least 35 years old, but under 45, on the date that the completed application is filed.
Applicants must have demonstrated a commitment to teaching and/or research in accordance with the standards of the applicant’s country.
Early careerists are deemed more suitable than those who are serving in senior academic appointments.
Applicants must provide a list of all of their publications and must submit, in addition, three complete publications (reprints or manuscripts) of their choice from that list.
Preference may 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 academic appointment or a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons 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 teaching and other academic involvement of the applicant. Letters of recommendation should be submitted by the person making the recommendation.
The application form is structured to assist the Scholarship Selection Subcommittee and assists the applicant in submitting a structured curriculum vitae. Additional information (a maximum of four pages) may be attached if desired.
The International Guest Scholarships must be used in the year for which they are designated. They cannot be postponed.
Applicants who are awarded scholarships are expected to provide a full written report of the experiences provided through the scholarships upon completion of their tours.
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 College’s annual Clinical Congress in October 2014, with public recognition of their presence. They will receive gratis admission to selected postgraduate courses plus admission to all lectures, demonstrations, and exhibits, which are an integral part of the Clinical Congress. Assistance will be provided in arranging visits, following the Clinical Congress, to various clinics and universities of their choice.
Formal American College of Surgeons International Guest Scholar applications appear online on the College’s website. Supporting materials and questions should be directed to:
International Liaison Section
American College of Surgeons
633 N. Saint Clair St.
Chicago, IL 60611-3211
Completed applications for the International Guest Scholarships for the year 2014 and all of the supporting documentation must be received at the office of the International Liaison Section prior to July 1, 2013, in order for an applicant to receive consideration by the selection committee. All applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision in November 2013. Applicants are urged to submit their completed applications and supporting documents as early as possible in order to provide sufficient time for processing.