First ACS/ASBrS International
Juan José Cossa Morchio, MD, FACS, a general surgeon at Clinics
Hospital, Montevideo, Uruguay, was recently selected to receive
the first American College of Surgeons/American Society of
Breast Surgeons (ACS/ASBrS) International Scholarship.
Dr. Cossa manages complex breast cancer cases in a
developing country that has one of the highest breast cancer
incidence rates in the world. The $5,000 award will subsidize
his attendance at the annual meeting of the ASBrS in Las
Vegas, NV, in April 2017. He will then visit the National
Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, located at ACS
headquarters in Chicago, IL, to learn how to develop a
multidisciplinary breast cancer program and database.
The next application deadline is anticipated to be in
November 2017 for attendance and participation at the 2018
ASBrS annual meeting. ♦
Apply for Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS,
The American College of Surgeons (ACS)
is now accepting applications for the 2017
Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, Traveling
Fellowship. The deadline for receipt of all
application materials is June 1, 2017.
The family and friends of the late
Dr. Organ, an ACS Past-President, established
an endowment through the ACS Foundation
to provide funding for an annual fellowship to
be awarded to an outstanding young surgeon
from the Society of Black Academic Surgeons,
the Association of Women Surgeons, or the
Surgical Section of the National Medical
Association. The fellowship, established after
Dr. Organ’s death in 2005, is in the amount of
$5,000 and enables a U.S. or Canadian Fellow
or Associate Fellow younger than 45 years old
who is a member of one of the aforementioned
societies to attend an educational meeting
or make an extended visit to an institution
of his or her choice. The experience can be
tailored to the recipient’s research interests.
Past awardees have used their fellowships
in creative ways to develop their careers.
The 2016 fellow, Stephanie Bonne, MD,
is researching a successful hospital-
based violence intervention program in
San Francisco, CA, to help her to develop
one at her home institution, Rutgers
University Hospital, Newark, NJ, where
she is assistant professor of surgery.
The full requirements for the Claude H.
Organ Traveling Fellowship are posted at
Applicants will be informed of the award
decision by August. Questions and application
materials should be submitted to the ACS
Scholarships Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org. ♦