TSFRE/Edwards Lifesciences New and Emerging Technology Fellowship

The rapidly changing landscape of cardiothoracic surgery requires the development of new skills in every area of thoracic surgery such as minimally invasive cardiothoracic procedures like percutaneous valve and catheter technology, as well as endovascular grafting.  As such, transdisciplinary training in all areas of thoracic surgery is becoming more and more important.  Creating fellowships and training for new and emerging technologies will enhance the general thoracic surgeons’ efforts to retool or retrain themselves in other cardiothoracic subspecialties.

To meet these challenges, TSFRE, with generous support from Edwards Lifesciences, has created a fellowship program to train established thoracic surgeons in new and emerging catheter and endovascular technologies.   The goal of this program is to broaden training opportunities and create an avenue for thoracic surgeons to acquire or refine cross-disciplinary skills and increase proficiency with new techniques necessary in the changing thoracic surgical practice.

This award will provide support of up to $30,000 per year for each fellow to allow for travel, temporary relocation and training costs associated with the program.  There should be one identified center (mentor) where the Fellow will spend approximately 3 months learning new and emerging technology and skills.  The Fellow will be asked to identify an individual at that center who will act as his/her sponsor and assist in planning the course of study at the host institution.

Any thoracic 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 or who will successfully complete such training by the grant start date is eligible for a TSFRE Simulation Grant.  Thoracic surgeons who have completed their training but wish to acquire or refine cross-disciplinary skills are encouraged to apply.


  1. Personal Goals (500 words)
    State your personal career goals. Identify exactly what you wish to accomplish in the course of the proposed program.  Logical future studies may be indicated, as well as the potential impact of this program on your career.
  2. Background (500 words)
    A highly focused presentation of the background and rationale for this fellowship should be detailed here.  This page should reflect the applicant’s knowledge and critical analysis of the area of interest and provide a rationale and foundation for the proposed fellowship.
  3. The Educational Environment (not to exceed 750 words)
    The institution and contributions of the mentor to the development of the fellow must be clearly identified.  A very specific learning program for the fellow must be identified and the manner in which the fellow will interact with the training program should be well delineated. A letter from the mentor confirming availability and support for the planned course of study must be included.
  4. Budget (500 words):
    Outline costs of the entire project under the broad categories of travel, housing, tuition or training expenses.  Indicate the sources of funds that exceed the amount of the TSFRE award that are required to complete the project. The Foundation does not support the costs of consultants or graphics. A complete budget summary to justify requested support must be included.
  5. Financial Support for the Program
    State the sources of financial support for the program you will attend and for the institution in which you will study.
  6. List any other applications pending or approved and whether any overlap exists with the TSFRE request.  The intent of TSFRE is to enable you to participate in this program without providing redundant funding.

The deadline for this award has passed.