TSF International Medical Volunteer Scholarship

Accepting Applications: 03/09/18
Application Deadline: 03/26/18

The Thoracic Surgery Foundation (TSF), through the generosity and philanthropy of the Edwards Lifesciences Foundation, is offering travel scholarships of $2,500 for qualified cardiothoracic surgery residents, and early-career cardiothoracic surgeons (within seven years of completion of CT surgery residency), who are interested in participating in international medical volunteerism (charity work) in underserved* regions/populations. The TSF International Medical Volunteer Scholar will join an upcoming TSF International Cardiac Surgery Outreach Award cardiac mission trip scheduled to occur in 2018 or early 2019. The upcoming scheduled TSF International Cardiac Surgery Outreach Awards are designed to educate, screen and/or treat underserved populations to reduce the global burden of heart valve disease, and may include other programs that advance health care and address underserved populations.

Purpose: The purpose of the TSF International Medical Volunteer Scholarship aims to provide a global cardiothoracic surgery volunteer experience for a cardiothoracic surgery resident or surgeon (within seven years of completion of CT surgery residency), who wishes to gain experience in charitable surgical outreach efforts for underserved patients in the developing world, under the mentorship of an experienced surgeon volunteer.

Eligibility:  (Must meet one of the following criteria)

a) The applicant must be a cardiothoracic surgeon who has completed a program leading to certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery or its equivalent in a country outside of the United States, and who is within seven years of completion of CT surgery residency, or;

b) Cardiothoracic surgery residents enrolled in an ACGME-accredited cardiothoracic surgery residency fellowship program who have not yet completed their training.

The TSF International Medical Volunteer Scholarship is aimed to provide a 1-2 week volunteer involvement for an inexperienced cardiothoracic medical volunteer to learn from an experienced cardiothoracic surgeon volunteer leader. International Medical Volunteer Scholars will choose from the following TSF/Edwards sponsored cardiac medical mission trips, and serve as an active member of the volunteer team, assisting with surgery, screening, and medical education for underserved patients. Upcoming international TSF volunteer opportunities include:

1) Mongolia/May and September 2018 (Surgeon Volunteer Leader – Craig Selzman, MD)
2) Kenya/June and Fall 2018 (Surgeon Volunteer Leader – Lyle Joyce, MD)
3) Uganda/October 2018 (Surgeon Volunteer Leader – Pranava Sinha, MD)
4) Peru/October/November 2018 (Surgeon Volunteer Leader – Aldo Rafael, MD)
5) Nepal/November 2018 (Surgeon Volunteer Leader – Fred Grover, MD)
6) Rwanda/February 2019 (Surgeon Volunteer Leader – Ralph Bolman, MD)

*Underserved people are defined as those who have a health disparity as defined by the CDC and lack awareness of, or access to, medically appropriate healthcare.

To apply for the 2018 TSF International Medical Volunteer Scholarship, candidates must: 

1.  Submit and complete the online application by March 26, 2018 11:59 p.m. Central Time.
2. E-mail resume or CV to tsf@sts.org by March 26, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Central Time.
3. E-mail one letter of recommendation* by March 26, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Central Time.

*If the applicant is a resident, the letter of recommendation must come from the applicant’s program director, and it must confirm that the resident has permission to participate as an international medical volunteer, which would remove them from their residency program for up to two weeks.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you have questions, please contact TSF Headquarters at tsf@sts.org or (312) 202-5868.