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Award Opportunities

December 1, 2019

Cardiac Surgical Robotics Fellowship
This program provides an immersive experience that enables up to three North American awardees to enhance their ability to perform robotic mitral valve operations. Consisting of two parts, the program requires prerequisite training and onsite training with a proctor at a well-established training center as well as the awardee’s home institution.

Chinese Surgeons International Training Program
This fellowship provides an observational educational experience for young Chinese cardiothoracic surgeons to spend between two to three months at a host institution in North America training in valve repair, MICS CABG, TAVR, aortic surgery, and other important topics related to adult cardiac surgery. Two fellows will be selected to receive up to $15,000 to cover travel and living expenses while participating in the program. The aim of this experience is to give fellows the opportunity to observe and converse with specialists in the field at suggested host sites in North America, while concurrently obtaining technical skills. 

Thoracic Surgery Training Fellowship
This fellowship offers young surgeons from China the opportunity to obtain advanced thoracic surgery skills at North American institutions. Applicants are able to apply for two levels of funding dependent upon the time spent at their host training site, including an award of up to $12,000 for three months of study or up to $30,000 for six months of study to help defray related travel and living expenses incurred at the North American host training site.

Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery Fellowship
This fellowship engages Japanese cardiothoracic surgeons in an interactive educational opportunity to observe and converse with specialists in the treatment of heart valve disease or advanced minimally invasive thoracic surgery at select host institutions in North America.

Summer Intern Scholarship
This scholarship provides first- and second-year medical students with an eight-week summer internship in an AATS member’s cardiothoracic surgery department. In addition, the recipients will receive complimentary registration to the 101st AATS Annual Meeting taking place May 1-4, 2020, in Seattle, WA.

Travel Awards to the AATS Annual Meeting
Given to surgeons from around the world who treat heart valve disease patients in underserved populations, and who demonstrate a financial need, travel awards allow surgeons to attend the AATS Annual Meeting, taking place from Saturday, April 25, through Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at the New York Hilton Midtown and Sheraton New York Times Square. Successful applicants will be reimbursed up to $2,000 after the conclusion of the AATS Annual Meeting to assist with airfare and hotel accommodations.