Fall 2017  

2018 International Travel Scholarship Recipients Announced

Recipients of the 2017 Traveling Fellow Scholarships: Left to Right: Dr. Manuel Garcia Giron, Guatemala; Dr. Ayesiga Herman, Tanzania; Dr. Susai Rosario, Hungary; Dr. Zaheer Moolla, South Africa
Recipients of the 2017 International Travel Scholarships: Left to Right: Dr. Manuel Garcia Giron, Guatemala; Dr. Ayesiga Herman, Tanzania; Dr. Susai Rosario, Hungary; Dr. Zaheer Moolla, South Africa.

The ASCRS International Committee is pleased to announce recipients of the 2018 International Travel Scholarships. These scholarships provide funding for young colorectal surgeons residing outside of the United States and Canada to assist with travel expenses to attend the ASCRS Annual Meeting and visit colon and rectal surgery training programs in the United States. The 2018 recipients are:

  • Dr. Nithza Miriam Cari Choque, San Pedro Claver Hospital, Bolivia
  • Dr. Audrius Dulskas, Northway Surgical Centre, Lithuania
  • Dr. Mohammad Reza Karamati, Imam Khomeini Hospital Complex, Iran
  • Dr. Qamar Kiani, Shifa International Hospitals, Pakistan
  • Dr. Annkur Patel. Zen Multispeciality Hospital, India

International Travel Scholarships are awarded primarily to surgeons in underserved regions of the world who may have limited access to colon and rectal educational opportunities. Most recipients are general or colorectal surgeons in their first three years of practice in colorectal surgery or a similar gastrointestinal practice, in areas where the specialty of colorectal surgery is limited or does not exist. Many recipients have an interest in research or teaching and wish to pursue an academic career. 

International Travel Scholarship awardees find the experience extremely valuable. Dr. Manuel Alejandro Garcia Girón, a 2017 recipient, explained that there are no colorectal training programs available in his home country of Guatemala. He said, “Attending the ASCRS Annual Meeting gave me the opportunity to learn a great deal about laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, AIN and HRA and ERAS. I learned a lot about these topics and I believe that this knowledge can be shared with my colleagues.”

A native of Turkey, Dr. Yuksel Altinel was a 2016 scholarship awardee. She visited several colorectal surgery programs. During one of her visits, she watched a robotics case and observe the low anterior resection. “This was my first opportunity to participate in a live surgery case. This kind of opportunity is a miracle for me,” she said.

More experiences from recipients can be found on the International Travel Scholarship Awardees web page.

If your institution is interested in hosting future travel scholarship awardees, please contact Elaina McCalmont, governance manager, at rf@fascrs.org.

 
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