The International Relations
Committee of the American
College of Surgeons (ACS) is
pleased to announce a special
opportunity for international
ACS Chapters provided by the
Dr. Pon Satitpunwaycha Fund.
The Dr. Pon Fund, as it is known,
will allow international chapters
to create a local educational
course that includes faculty
from the ACS. The deadline for
applications is January 16, 2017.
The goals of this competitive
grant program are as follows:
• To promote surgical
education to the international
• To encourage the active
involvement of the international
chapters in ACS activities
A total of $25,000 per year
will be made available to
international chapters to develop
educational courses in their own
countries. Subject to the quality,
merit, and requirements of each
proposal, grants up to $12,500
will be awarded to up to two
chapters, one of which may be
preferentially designated for a
developing nation as defined by
the World Bank. An international
chapter may use the grant to
present the ACS General Surgery
Review Course or to develop
other surgery-focused courses
in its home country. The grant
is intended to cover necessary
costs, such as the travel expenses
of ACS faculty who will teach the
course. The grant is not expected
to cover all expenses related to
course material, venue rental,
audiovisual equipment, or food;
therefore, chapter funds should be
used to support those expenses.
will submit an application
consisting of the following,
in this order, submitted as
a single PDF document:
• The title of the proposed course.
• A description/purpose of activity
explaining why such a course
is needed in the country, the
targeted audience (surgeons,
trainees, nurses, or other),
and learning objectives.
•Duration of the course (one
to 2. 5 days) and the proposed
date for presentation.
• Course format (lectures, hands-on
sessions, or other). Submission of a
preliminary program is required.
•Names of proposed faculty,
both local and international.
International faculty will ideally
support or represent 50 percent
to 60 percent of the faculty.
U.S.-based ACS Fellows will
ideally represent 40 percent
to 50 percent of the faculty.
•A conflict of interest form
must be submitted for
each faculty member.
• Costs broken out by category
(travel, materials, and so on).
•A letter of support from
the organizing institution
• It is appropriate for chapters to
apply for this award as a matching
fund to their own contribution.
details are as follows:
• Preference will be given to
proposals from chapters that
demonstrate additional funds
from other sources. Preference
will also be given to proposals for
programs that can be replicated
in other international chapters.
• The chapter must demonstrate
ways it will encourage
surgical trainees and medical
students to attend and
participate in their event.
•A detailed report of activities must
be submitted at the conclusion
of the event. In addition, a
detailed financial breakdown
of grant use is required.
All proposals must be made
by an officer of an international
ACS chapter and should be
submitted electronically to the
International Liaison at kearly@
facs.org by January 16, 2017. All
applicants will be notified of the
outcome in early April 2017. ♦
International chapters offered opportunity
to develop an ACS-based education course