Learn From the Masters: A Clinical Program   

Program Overview
The AATS Foundation’s Learn from the Masters: A Clinical Program will provide a unique educational experience for cardiac surgeons from around the world who have recently completed their residency or fellowship. Leading cardiac surgeons will be invited to participate as mentors/masters and will agree to provide a full clinical position to the awardee, including full clinical service access. 

The award will enable the applicant to spend three or six months at the Mentor’s institution either in North America or abroad. Applicants will be expected to identify their preferred Mentor and Institution from a list established by the Foundation (which will be reviewed once a year). 

As part of the Award process, the AATS Foundation has ensured that identified Mentors are able to accommodate the applicant for the time period of the proposed awards. Local privileges will be covered by host institutions. 

There will be two funding levels, with priority given to candidates who indicate a preference for six months on their application: 
Level One: up to $45,000 for six-month fellowship period 
Level Two: up to $22,500 for three-month fellowship period 

Some of the available host surgeons and institutions include:  

Edward L. Bove, M.D.
University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Ralph J. Damiano, Jr., M.D.
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO, USA

Tirone E. David, M.D.
Toronto General Hospital
Toronto, Canada

Gebrine El Khoury, M.D.
St-Luc Hospital
Bruxelles, Belgium

Aubrey C. Galloway, M.D.
New York University School of Medicine
New York, NY, USA

Richard A. Jonas, M.D.
Children's National Medical Center
Washington, DC, USA

Patrick M. McCarthy, M.D.
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL, USA

Gosta B. Pettersson, M.D.
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH, USA

Craig R. Smith, M.D.
Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY, USA

Lars G. Svensson, M.D.
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH, USA

To be eligible for an award, applicants from around the world must meet the following minimum requirements:
  • Current Status: May apply during the first two years after completion of their residency or fellowship. 
  • Language Requirement: Fluency in English is mandatory. 
  • Travel Requirements: Must meet all necessary travel criteria (license, visa, credentialing, etc.) for travel to and from host institutions. 

Application Process 
All applicants will go through a competitive phone/Skype interview process to determine award selection. In addition to a formal online application, candidates will also be required to upload the following materials:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of support from their chief/chair at their current institution or their training program.
  • One to two page narrative to include: (1) what they hope to accomplish during their time spent at host institution, (2) how they will utilize the clinical skills and research ability they have learned at their home institution; (3) relationship to the applicant’s prior work, preparation and professional goals; and (4) statement of future career goals. 


The 2018 application deadline has passed.