Supporting Early Career General Surgeons in Low-Middle Income Countries

Background

This program was created to funding to support early-career general surgeons who wish to participate in a global surgery program.  Young surgeons, at the peak of their altruism and ability to manage the demands of working abroad, are usually saddled with debt.  As such, they may be able to afford a short trip to participate in a global surgery program but not an extended period, as they have interest payments to cover.  Offering funds to cover student loan interest might allow more young surgeons the opportunity to get involved in global surgery.

Program Details

  • Up to $10,000 would be provided each year, to one or more candidates to cover interest payments on student debt
  • Each bursary would cover a minimum stay of six months up to a maximum of twelve months, renewable for an additional twelve months, through reapplication
  • Bursary recipients will receive an orientation from the Global Surgery Committee ensuring they apply the principles of sustainable partnership during their stay
  • Bursary recipients will submit a report at the end of the stay, and will also be asked to share their experience and learning at a CAGS-supported event

Candidate Eligibility

  • Graduate from a Canadian General Surgery Program
  • Less than five years in practice
  • Stay a minimum of six months
  • Receive no funding from other sources beyond a stipend for living expenses while in the LMI country
  • Participation in a program approved by the Global Surgery Committee, meeting local capacity-building criteria
  • CAGS member in good standing

Application Information

  • Application form
  • Letter of intent
  • Background checks
  • Proof of need (line of credit/student loan statements)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis

Annual deadline to submit applications is December 31.  Submission review and recipient selection is done be the Global Surgery Committee in January.