World Journal of Surgery

, Volume 42, Issue 5, pp 1222–1237 | Cite as

International Scholarship Programs of the American College of Surgeons: Expansion of the Global Surgical Network

  • Giuseppe Nigri
  • Kate Early
  • George Tsoulfas
  • Alberto Ferreres
  • Cristina R. Ferrone
  • Richard Schulick
  • Waddah B. Al-Refaie
  • Patricia L. Turner
  • George Velmahos
Original Scientific Report

Abstract

Background

The American College of Surgeons has always promoted education and collaborations with other countries and their scientific organizations. The International Guest Scholarship program was established in 1968 to support the travel of foreign surgeons to medical Institutions in the USA and Canada. The program has grown substantially over time and now includes different categories of scholarships and surgeons. The objective of this article is to describe the experiences gained by the international scholars who visited US and Canadian institutions through these ACS programs.

Study design

In order to collect information regarding these scholarships from the surgeons who have already participated in the program, an Internet-based survey was e-mailed to alumni. The surveys were constructed to gather career information on former scholars and to analyze the perceived impact of these programs on their careers.

Results

Among the international scholarships alumni, most are now Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. The majority of respondents maintained contact with their host surgeons in the USA or Canada; they began or continued research, surgical education and surgical quality improvement initiatives in their country of origin based upon their experiences as international scholars. Most of the alumni reported that the experience they had during the scholarship was inspiring, opened their minds and broadened their horizons.

Conclusions

The overall effect of ACS international scholarship program should be considered as positive, as 80–90% of respondent alumni consider their experience very helpful and feel that it provided them with opportunities that would not have been possible without it. It is incumbent upon the ACS to continue along this path by identifying funding and donation sources, as well as enriching the content and goals.

Reference

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Copyright information

© Société Internationale de Chirurgie 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • Giuseppe Nigri
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kate Early
    • 1
  • George Tsoulfas
    • 1
    • 3
  • Alberto Ferreres
    • 1
    • 4
  • Cristina R. Ferrone
    • 1
    • 5
  • Richard Schulick
    • 1
    • 6
  • Waddah B. Al-Refaie
    • 1
    • 7
  • Patricia L. Turner
    • 1
    • 8
  • George Velmahos
    • 1
    • 9
  1. 1.American College of SurgeonsChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences and Translational Medicine, St. Andrea University HospitalSapienza University of RomeRomeItaly
  3. 3.Department of SurgeryUniversity of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  4. 4.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Buenos Aires “Dr. Carlos A. Bocalandro” HospitalBuenos AiresArgentina
  5. 5.Department of SurgeryMassachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  6. 6.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Colorado School of MedicineAuroraUSA
  7. 7.MedStar Georgetown University HospitalWashingtonUSA
  8. 8.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Chicago MedicineChicagoUSA
  9. 9.Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General HospitalHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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