Sponsored by Medtronic

Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery/ AATS Foundation Fellowship

In collaboration with the Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery (JATS), the AATS Foundation has created this fellowship to enhance the exposure for young Japanese cardiothoracic surgeons to advanced medical therapy and integrated systems in North America. The Fellowship provides an interactive educational experience for awardees to spend two to three months at host institutions in North America. Fellows will observe and have discussions with specialists in the treatment of heart valve disease, while concurrently obtain technical skills and cardiothoracic patient management.

Cardiac:

This named Fellowship will annually provide a live, interactional and observational educational experience for young Japanese cardiothoracic surgeons to spend between two to three months at host institutions in North America. The program is primarily geared to provide Fellows an interactive educational opportunity to observe and have discussions with specialists in the treatment of heart valve disease at suggested institutions, while concurrently obtaining technical skills and cardiothoracic patient management. Fellows will focus their research and training in any of the following areas:

  • Minimally Invasive operative techniques for aortic, mitral and tricuspid disease.
  • Unique technical approaches for repair of complex degenerative and functional mitral valves.
  • Complex aortic surgery
  • Aortic and Mitral transcatheter valve approaches. Valve imaging techniques for proper assessment and case planning.
  • Robotic mitral valve surgery. Developing a successful program.
  • Endovascular treatment of the aorta.
  • Current trends in coronary revascularization.
  • A multidisciplinary approach for the treatment of valvular heart disease. The role heart teams should play to improve patient outcomes.
  • Advanced treatments for lung disease.

Thoracic: 

This named Fellowship will annually provide a live, interactional and observational educational experience for young Japanese thoracic surgeons to spend between two to three months studying clinical techniques at host institutions in North America. This program provides an opportunity to obtain expertise in advanced minimally invasive thoracic surgery, comprehensive care screening and diagnosis. Fellows will focus their research and training in any of the following areas:

  • Minimally invasive surgery for lung cancer (especially for VATS of sub-lobectomy)
  • Diagnosis and treatment of lung disease
  • How to improve patient outcomes (LOS, operative duration, blood loss)
  • Complicated thorascopic procedures
  • Multidisciplinary team management
  • Innovative ideas for the next generation of minimally invasive thoracic surgery
  • Research (minimally invasive thoracic surgery)

The Fellowship Review Committees will select the most qualified candidates. Applicants must indicate the Fellowship period within their application. Recipients, the Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery and the Sponsor will be recognized at the AATS Annual Meeting and AATS Foundation Reception.

Eligibility Requirements

Cardiac:
To be eligible for an award, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Current Status: A candidate shall have completed his/her formal training in cardiothoracic surgery, must be below 45 years of age, Board certified in Japan, and be on a track toward a leadership surgical position in Japan.
  • Geographical: A candidate must be a resident of Japan
  • Language Requirement: Fluency in English is mandatory.
  • Travel Requirement: Candidate must meet all necessary criteria (license, visa, etc…) for travel to and from host institution and submit a travel itinerary and lodging arrangements if available.

Thoracic:

To be eligible for an award, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Current Status: A candidate shall have completed his/her formal training in thoracic surgery with active appointment within a hospital/academic center and must be within 5 years of completing the training program.
  • Geographical: A candidate must be a resident of Japan
  • Language Requirement: Fluency in English is mandatory.
  • Travel Requirement: Candidate must meet all necessary criteria (license, visa, etc…) for travel to and from host training site and may contact Medtronic should they need assistance with these requirements.
  • Supporting Letter from applicant’s program director/chief with their support of this individual’s continued education in thoracoscopic (VATS) surgery, and subsequent support of them adopting the learned principles upon return.
  • Planning to return to Japan following program.
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    A number of host surgeons/institutions have partnered with the AATS Foundation on this initiative as listed below.


    Thoracic Host Sites and Faculty:                                                                                                                                 

    • Duke University, Durham, NC
      • Faculty: Thomas D’Amico, MD
    • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
      • Faculty: Shanda Blackmon, MD
    • Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
      • Faculty: Malcolm DeCamp, MD
    • Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
      • Faculty: James Luketich, MD
    • University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO
      • Faculty: John Mitchell, MD
    • University of Washington. Seattle, WA
      • Michael Mulligan, MD

     Cardiac Host Sites and Faculty:
     
    • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
      • Faculty: Michael Deeb, MD and Steven Bolling, MD
    • Emory University at Midtown, Atlanta, GA
      • Faculty: Michael Halkos, MD
    • Mayo Clinic Rochester, Rochester, NY
      • Faculty: Lyle D. Jyce, MD
    •   Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
      • Faculty: Neal Kon, MD
    • INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Annandale, VA 
      • Faculty: Alan Speir, MD















       

      Application Process

      The deadline to submit an application for the Fellowship will be July 1, 2019. In addition to a formal online application, candidates will also be required to upload the following materials:

      • Curriculum Vitae
      • Letter of support from their department chair or division chief.
      • One to two page narrative to include: (1) what they hope to accomplish during the Fellowship (including timeline and area of interest); (2) how they will utilize the skills they have learned at their home institution; (3) the relationship of the planned study to the applicant’s prior work, preparation and professional goals; and, (4) statement of future career goals.

      Review Process/Award Funding

      The Fellowship Review Committee, which includes surgeons who are members of the AATS and JATS with recognized expertise in the treatment of valve disease, will review and notify awardees within 45 days of application deadline. Applications will be graded on all aspects of the award criteria. 

      • The fellowship provides up to three recipients an award of up to $15,000 for 2-3 months of observership study and to defray travel and living expenses.
      • Within 30 days after the conclusion of a Fellow’s experience, a final report is required for submission.


      Cardiac:

      The fellowship is administered by the AATS Foundation and provides up to three recipients an award of up to $15,000 for 2-3 months of observership study and to defray travel and living expenses.

      Thoracic:

      The fellowship is administered by the AATS Foundation and provides up to one recipient an award of up to $15,000 for 2-3 months of observership study and to defray travel and living expenses.

       


      Deadline: July 1st, 2019