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2014 Health Policy Scholarship: Presented by the American College of Surgeons and the Society for Vascular Surgery
The American College of Surgeons and the Society for Vascular Surgery are offering an annual scholarship to subsidize attendance and participation in the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University. The course takes place June 8–14, 2014. The award is in the amount of $8,000, to be used toward the cost of tuition, travel, housing, and subsistence during the period of the course.
General policies covering the granting of the scholarship are:
The award is open to surgeons who are members in good standing of both the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS). Applicants must be at least 30 years old, but under 60, on the date that the completed application is filed.
The award is to be used to support the recipient during the period of the scholarship. Indirect costs are not paid to the recipient or to the recipient’s institution.
Applications for this scholarship consist of the following items, submitted as a single PDF file:
One copy of the applicant’s current curriculum vitae
One copy of a one-page essay, discussing why the applicant wishes to receive the scholarship
Application for this award may be submitted even if comparable application to other organizations has been made. If the recipient accepts a similar scholarship from another agency or organization, the scholarship will be withdrawn. It is the responsibility of the recipient to notify the Scholarships Section of ACS, which administers this award, of competing awards.
The scholarship must be used in the year for which it is designated. It cannot be postponed.
The Scholar is required to provide one year’s health policy-related assistance to the ACS and the SVS, attending meetings, reviewing applications, participating as a pro tem member of the health policy committee, etc., as requested by either organization.
A brief report of the Scholar’s experiences and activities is due at the conclusion of the course and of the scholarship period. A simple accounting is also required.
The closing date for receipt of applications is February 3, 2014. An awardee will be selected by a committee consisting of members of ACS and SVS. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by March 31, 2014.
Questions may be directed to the ACS Scholarships Administrator at 312-202-5281.
Society for Vascular Surgery Clinical Research Seed Grants
Application Deadline: January 17, 2014
In recognition of the importance of clinical investigation in vascular disease, the SVS Foundation announces the Clinical Research Seed Grant program.
Purpose: It is vitally important, both to patients and to the specialty, that vascular surgeons play prominent roles in both industry and investigator-initiated clinical trials. The Clinical Research Seed Grant program has the following goals:
Encourage the interest and development of clinical investigators among the SVS membership, particularly junior members or those with limited prior experience as Principal Investigators
Provide direct support for pilot clinical projects that have potential to develop into larger studies fundable by industry or governmental sources
Scope: Clinical research, preferably patient-oriented (research conducted with human subjects or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens and cognitive phenomena for which an investigator directly interacts with human subjects). Applications addressing one of the SVS Clinical Research Priorities are particularly encouraged. Small-scale clinical trials and ancillary studies in the setting of existing clinical trials (industry or NIH-supported) will be accepted. Relevant examples include:
Ancillary studies coupled to existing clinical trials. A letter of support from the primary trial sponsor is required.
Pilot clinical trials of any type
Studies on the natural history of vascular disease, pathophysiology, or mechanisms underlying success or failure of vascular interventions
Application of quality-of-life, functional status, and resource utilization measures to assess the impact of vascular interventions
Development and validation of clinical risk-prediction models or diagnostic tools
Studies addressing the nature of disparities in care and outcomes
Funding: $15,000 will be awarded for direct costs for a one-year period. Costs for laboratory assays, imaging studies (as appropriate), data collection, and statistical support are allowable. Principal investigator salary, institutional overhead expenses, major equipment and travel expenses are not allowed.
Eligibility: The principal investigator for the Clinical Research Seed Grant must be 1) an SVS Active Member within the first 10 years of practice or 2) a fellowship-trained, board-eligible, vascular surgeon within the first 10 years of practice with a full-time faculty position with an SVS Active Member serving as mentor. The principal investigator may submit only one application for the Clinical Research Seed Grant. Residents and fellows are not eligible.
Application Process: The deadline for applications is January 17, 2014. An electronic copy of the complete application must be must be submitted to SVSFoundation@vascularsociety.org on January 17, 2014. You will receive an email confirmation when your application has been received. Applications include the following:
Clinical Research Seed Grant Face Page
Clinical Research Proposal:
1 page - Specific aims
6 pages - Significance, innovation and research strategy (includes tables, graphs, figures, diagrams, charts)
Biosketch of Principal Investigator and any Co-Investigators
If applicable, based on the eligibility requirements, the application should include letter(s) of support from the SVS Member serving as mentor and/or any significant collaborator or consultant on the project.
Review Process: Applications will be reviewed by the SVS Clinical Research and Comparative Effectiveness Committee. Decisions regarding the grants are sent to applicants in March.
Reporting Requirements: At the completion of the study, or by the end of the one-year award period, the awardee must submit a report to the SVS Clinical Research and Comparative Effectiveness Committee.
Contact: Sarah Murphy, Society for Vascular Surgery, (312) 334-2305, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
E.J. Wylie Traveling Fellowship
Application Deadline: February 15, 2014
The primary purpose of the E.J. Wylie Traveling Fellowship is to provide the recipient with the opportunity to visit a number of excellent vascular surgery centers worldwide. Though brief, these visits stimulate academic inspiration, promote international exchange, and foster development of fellowship in vascular surgery. The achievement of these objectives will enhance the development of the fellow's career in vascular surgery.
This award is not intended to support specific research interests but rather to assist the fellow in a unique opportunity for travel and professional exchange within established vascular centers.
The generosity of W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., has allowed the establishment of this fellowship. Their graciousness ensures the noncommercial nature of the award and its continuation in years to come. The E.J. Wylie Traveling Fellowship of the SVS Foundation pays up to US$12,000 for expenses of travel, research, and clerical help. The fellowship monies may not be used for other purposes.
Eligibility for Selection
Be an Active Member of SVS.
Have completed a postgraduate vascular training program within the past 10 years.
Be committed to an academic career in vascular surgery and have obtained an academic appointment in a medical school or freestanding clinic devoted to excellence in medical education.
Have a demonstrated record of success in pursuing clinical or basic science research sufficient to ensure academic excellence in his or her pursuit of a career in vascular surgery.
Candidates who have received prior traveling fellowships may apply. Special consideration will be given to those candidates who have not previously received a traveling fellowship.
Application materials listed below should be submitted via email to SVS Foundation Research and Education Committee (email: SVSFoundation@vascularsociety.org). Decisions regarding the award will be mailed to the applicants by mid-April.
Cover letter demonstrating interest in applying for the E.J. Wylie Traveling Fellowship.
List of the centers that candidate wants to visit.
500-word essay describing the objectives of the candidate's travel plans and linking these to his or her career goals.
Three letters of recommendation (letters may be sent under separate cover and must include one from the division head and another from the chairperson of the department of surgery of the institution in which the candidate holds a faculty appointment.)
Fellow’s Report to Committee
A report covering the experience should be prepared and forwarded to the Research and Education Committee within three months of completion of the fellowship travel. This report should be five to eight double-spaced typewritten pages and should summarize activities during the fellowship. Although factual statements of activities should be included, fellowship recipients are encouraged to place these within an overall context of their impact on their education and maturation. Any publication of the fellowship activities should acknowledge the E.J. Wylie Traveling Fellowship Award from the SVS Foundation.
For questions, email SVSFoundation@vascularsociety.org or telephone 800-258-7188.