The International Relations Committee of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is pleased to announce travel awards for surgeons aged 30 to 50. Moreover, 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 poorly resourced academic departments of surgery in poorly resourced countries.
- Each awardee will receive gratis registration to the annual Clinical Congress and to one available postgraduate course held during the Clinical Congress.
- Also, 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.
- Assistance will be provided to obtain preferential housing in an economical hotel in the Clinical Congress city. In 2020, the Clinical Congress takes place in Chicago, IL, October 4–8.
Eligibility and Requirements
- Be graduates of schools of medicine who have completed their surgical training.
- Also, Be at least 30 years old, but under 50, on the date that the complete application is filed.
- Submit their applications from their intended permanent location.
- Also, Show evidence of commitment to high quality surgery, to surgical teaching, and to improving access to surgical care in their community.
- Submit a fully completed application form provided by the College on its website. The application and accompanying materials must be submitted in English.
- Also, Preference will be given to applicants who have not already experienced training or surgical fellowships in the U.S. or Canada; as well as
- 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. Also, 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. Furthermore, Letters of recommendation should be submitted by the persons making the recommendations.