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Cardiothoracic Ethics Forum Scholarship
The Cardiothoracic Ethics Forum (the Forum) is the joint entity of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) that is responsible for ethics education in cardiothoracic (CT) surgery. It was created in 2000 and its membership now comprises the members of the STS Standards and Ethics Committee, the AATS Ethics Committee, and a few at-large members.
The Forum has sponsored over 50 ethics sessions at CT surgery meetings and its members have published over 400 papers on ethics topics since 2000. The Forum has also engaged in a number of other activities, such as creating ethics-related questions for the American Board of Thoracic Surgery qualifying examination and the TSDA In-Training Examination, as well as developing CT surgery policies for adoption by the AATS and the STS.
The future leadership of the Forum and ethics education will fall to early- and mid-career CT surgeons, many of whom harbor great interest in ethics but lack experience in the field, as few surgeons have background and training in bioethics. To provide opportunities for intellectual development and preparation for leadership roles in CT ethics, the Forum, supported by the STS and the AATS, offers scholarships in amounts up to $10,000 for interested CT surgeons to obtain formal education and training in biomedical ethics through any of several programs offered by leading ethics centers in North America, for example, Georgetown University, Columbia University, Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics, Yale University, University of Washington, University of Chicago, and Baylor College of Medicine, among others. For those who live in Boston, the part-time Fellowship in Bioethics at the Center for Bioethics of Harvard University is also available.
Scholarship Application Guidelines
- be members of the STS or the AATS, or be trainees in a CT training program or committed to CT surgery while in another surgery training program;
- identify a specific educational program that will advance their ethics knowledge and skills in preparation for participation and leadership in CT ethics programs;
- provide a curriculum vitae or résumé that displays evidence of scholarly activity and leadership roles;
- submit a proposed plan of study (no longer than 500 words) that clearly states the educational insights and benefits that the scholarship will provide for their professional careers and for CT surgery as a specialty.
Past recipients are expected to recruit similarly qualified applicants from among their colleagues.
The deadline for applications for the 2018-2019 academic year (August 2018-August 2019) is September 30, 2018.
Questions regarding Ethics Forum Scholarships should be directed to Robert M. Sade, MD at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous Scholarship Award Recipients
|Name (alphabetical)||Home Institution||Award Year||Study Program|
|Jennifer Ellis, MD, MBA||MedStar Heart Institute|
Washington Hospital Center
|2014||Georgetown University Intensive Bioethics Course|
|John Entwistle, MD, PhD||Jefferson University Hospital||2014|
Georgetown University Intensive Bioethics Course
|Kathleen Fenton, MD||International Children's Heart; Foundation, Wm Novick Global Cardiac Alliance||2014||Albany University Masters in Bioethics Degree Program|
|Leslie Kohman, MD||Upstate Medical University, Syracuse||2015||Georgetown University Intensive Bioethics Course|
|John Mayer, MD||Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard University||2017||Fellowship in Bioethics at the Center for Bioethics of Harvard University|
|Susan Moffat-Bruce, MD, PhD, MBA||Ohio State University Medical Center||2016||Georgetown University Intensive Bioethics Course|
|Kristen Sell-Dottin, MD||University of Louisville||2017||University of Washington School of Medicine - Advanced Training in Healthcare Ethics|
|Richard Whyte, MD, MBA, MS (Hon)||Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University||2016||Fellowship in Bioethics at the Center for Bioethics of Harvard University|