Douglas Mathisen Traveling Fellowship in General Thoracic Surgery

Created to honor Dr. Douglas Mathisen’s legacy of mentorship and sponsorship of a generation of thoracic surgeons, this award is aimed at facilitating the continuing education of an early career general thoracic surgeon by supporting travel to another institution for up to four weeks for the purpose of learning a novel technique, adapting innovative technology, and/or fostering collaboration between surgical investigators. The applicant must be a cardiothoracic surgeon based in North America who has completed a program leading to certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, or who will be certified by the grant start date and who is within 5 years of their first faculty appointment. Awards of up to $10,000 are granted for domestic fellowships for 1 year. Awards of up to $20,000 are granted for international fellowships for 1 year. Only domestic fellowship awards will be granted for 2025.

Education
Early Career
Faculty
Thoracic
10,000
Open Date:
July 1, 2024
Close Date:
September 15, 2024
Currently Closed

Purpose

The purpose of this traveling fellowship is to facilitate the continuing education of deserving early-career general thoracic surgeons. The award is to be used for international or domestic travel to another institution for up to four weeks for the purpose of learning a novel technique, adapting innovative technology, and/or fostering collaboration between surgical investigators in order to further the progress of general thoracic surgery at the recipient’s home institution. This award can be used for either domestic travel within North America or international travel between North America and Europe. The successful applicant will have a record of excellence in training and academic achievement. He/she will have secured a position at a host institution, and a mentor capable of providing continued growth and development in the realm of general thoracic surgery.

Eligibility

  • The applicant must be a cardiothoracic surgeon based in North America who has completed a program leading to certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, or who will be certified by the grant start date and who is within 5 years of their first faculty appointment.
  • Surgeons who have achieved recognition of achievement in thoracic surgery, and who devote their professional efforts to the subspecialty of general thoracic surgery.
  • Applicants must have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in his or her respective geographic area, and have no action pending which could adversely affect the applicant’s qualification for staff privileges at any hospital.
  • Applicants must be members or candidate members of STS.

Award Amount

  • International fellowship: Awards of $20,000 for up to four weeks will be granted to support a cardiothoracic surgeon for an international fellowship. The first award payment (75%) will be distributed at time of award notification. The second and final grant installment (25%) will be made upon completion of a satisfactory progress report, which will be approved by the TSF Mathisen Award Committee. This award of $20,000 will be used to defray the travel and living expenses for the fellowship period.
  • Domestic fellowship: Awards of $10,000 for up to four weeks will be granted to support a cardiothoracic surgeon for a domestic fellowship. The first award payment (75%) will be distributed at time of award notification . The second and final grant installment (25%) will be made upon completion of a satisfactory progress report, which will be approved by the TSF Mathisen Award Committee. This award of $10,000 will be used to defray the travel and living expenses for the fellowship period.

Please note that only domestic fellowship awards will be granted for 2025.

Application Requirements

  • Biographical Information
  • Personal Goal (100 words)
  • Career Goal (500 words)
  • Education Environment at Host Institution (750 words)
  • Mentor/Convenor Information

Required Application Materials

  • Applicant CV
  • Mentor CV
  • One (1) Letter of Support from Mentor: The letter should confirm: (a) the availability of adequate training environment/educational experience that will provide the proposed training, and (b) his or her agreement to serve as mentor.
  • Budget (approximate breakdown of funding costs)
  • Note that a visa and appropriate international travel materials may be required after award is issued.

Mentor/Convenor

  • Applicant is responsible for selection of his/her mentor.
  • Applicant is responsible for securing a position with the mentor at the host institution.

Timeline

  • Application Open: July 1, 2024
  • Application Deadline: September 15, 2024
  • Applicants Notified of Award or Regrets: December 2024 - January 2025

See full award timeline here.

About The Award

STS Past President and TSF Past Board Member, Douglas J. Mathisen, MD, has had a huge impact in the cardiothoracic surgery specialty through his dedication to patient care and unwavering commitment to resident education. He has been a tremendous role model, mentor, and sponsor to scores of residents, fellows, and early careerists.

Donate to the TSF/STS Douglas Mathisen Traveling Fellowship

Please join us in honoring Dr. Mathisen’s contributions and dedication to thoracic surgical education and training. We thank you in advance for your support! Donations can be made:

  • Online – Click here to make a credit card donation today
  • By Mail – Mail a check, made payable and addressed to The Thoracic Surgery Foundation, 633 N. Saint Clair Street, Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60611. Please note the “Mathisen Traveling Fellowship” in the memo section of your check.

Are you qualified for this award? Start your application today!

TSF is dedicated to supporting cardiothoracic surgeons at every career stage. Don’t miss out—submit your application by September 15 to be considered in the upcoming award cycle.

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