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WTSA Traveling Fellowship for Residents, Trainees, and Practicing Surgeons

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Application Deadline is January 9, 2023 Past Recipients Online Application

The goal of this traveling fellowship is to promote interaction and learning between residents / trainees / practicing surgeons and WTSA members. The traveling fellow will visit a University-affiliated or academic practice of his/her choosing, within the boundaries of the WTSA for a period of one to two weeks, under the sponsorship of a Western member at the hosting institution. The traveling fellow does not need to be a WTSA member; the award is open to any resident / trainee / practicing surgeon.

States in the WTSA boundaries include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming along with Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.

Conditions of 2023 Award
The awardee will notify WTSA Council of acceptance or refusal of the award by March 1, 2022. If the first-identified awardee cannot complete the traveling fellowship, the WTSA Council will select one of the alternates for the traveling fellowship.

The award will then be announced publicly at the 49th WTSA Annual Meeting, June 21-24, 2023, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; it is requested that the awardee be present at this meeting to receive the award. The awardee will contact the sponsoring member and make arrangements to complete the fellowship during the period of July 1, 2023, to June 29, 2024. It is requested that the awardee attend the 50th WTSA Annual Meeting, June 26-29, 2024, in Vail, Colorado, and make an oral presentation at that meeting about the traveling fellowship experience.

Identification of Host Department and Sponsoring WTSA Member
Applicants for the traveling fellowship will identify the institutions and WTSA members (3 to 5 members) who might be solicited as potential hosts. After identification of the traveling fellow, WTSA Council will assist the awardee selecting the site to be visited, especially if an introduction is desirable or necessary.

Fellowship Stipend
A stipend of up to $5,000 USD will be provided to the traveling fellow, to defray reasonable costs for travel, lodging, and meals. Expenses will be reimbursed by the Treasurer of the WTSA, upon receipt of the fellow’s written report and summary of expenses.

2023 Fellowship Application Process
To be eligible for consideration, the following materials should be submitted to the Association Office via the online application no later than the January 9, 2023:

Online Application to include the following uploads:

Timeline for the 2023 WTSA Traveling Fellowship Award
January 9, 2023 Application Deadline
Late January 2023 Applications reviewed by the WTSA Council
Mid-February 2023 Notification to Applicants
Late June 2023 Announcement of Award
July 1, 2023 - June 29, 2024 Term of Award

If you have any questions, please contact the WTSA office at (978) 927-8330 or Email WTSA.

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Deadline: January 9, 2023 11:59PM EST