American College of Surgeons (ACS)/College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa (COSECSA) Women Scholars Program for sub-Saharan African Women 2018/2019

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To help address the severe shortage of surgeons in Sub-Saharan Africa, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa (COSECSA) have developed a scholarship program to support women in surgical residency, help them complete their training, and encourage other women in medicine to consider surgery as a profession.

Application Deadline: 1st April 2018

Offered Annually?

Eligible Countries:  East, Central, and Southern African countries

About the Award: There is a severe shortage of surgeons in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Current data indicate that there are only 0.5 surgeons for every 100,000 people. Although women make up more than 50 percent of the population, they represent only 7 percent of the surgical work force.

Type: Training

Eligibility: The program is open to senior female surgical residents enrolled in the COSECSA region.

Number of Awards: The number of awards will depend on quality of applications and available funds.

Value of Award: $2,500.

How to Apply:  Applicants should include a personal statement indicating future goals, a current curriculum vitae, and a letter of support from the surgical training program director. Completed applications should be sent via e-mail to [email protected] and will be reviewed in conjunction with the Operation Giving Back committee.

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Award Providers: This scholarship is supported by a generous donation from Pon Satitpunwaycha, MD, FACS, and the American College of Surgeons Foundation.


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