Sponsored by Medtronic

North America Clinical Immersion In Advanced Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
Sponsored by Medtronic

Program Goal
A primary goal is to provide young thoracic surgeons from mainland China trained in general thoracic surgery to obtain advanced training in thoracic surgical skills at training sites in North America.

Program Overview

The North America Clinical Immersion in Advanced Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery provides an international training and educational experience for young thoracic surgeons from mainland China to spend between one to three months studying clinical techniques at a host training site. This program provides an opportunity to obtain expertise in advanced minimally invasive thoracic surgery, comprehensive care screening and diagnosis.

Host Sites and Sponsors

During the submission process, applicants must select a preferred site and planned time spent at the host training site.
  • Duke University, Durham, NC
    Faculty: Thomas D’Amico, MD
  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
    Faculty: Shanda Blackmon, 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
    Faculty: Michael Mulligan, MD

Educational Curriculum
This educational experience will include the following experiences:
  • Access to the operating room to observe cases in minimally invasive thoracic surgery Attendance at teaching conferences, with a focus on those that contribute to a better understanding of the science and practice of minimally invasive thoracic surgery
  • Access to the faculty of the sponsoring institution in order to develop a working relationship that will endure beyond the duration of the Program and will stimulate continued evolution of minimally invasive thoracic surgery practice.
  • Some programs may also offer exposure to and education regarding robotic thoracic surgery

To be eligible for an award, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
  • Geographical: A candidate must be a resident of mainland China
  • Current Status: A candidate shall have completed his/her formal training in thoracic surgery with active appointment within a hospital/academic center.
  • Within 5 years of completing the training program.
  • 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 China following program.

Application Process
The deadline to submit an application for the Program will be November 1, 2017. In addition to a formal online application, candidates will also be required to upload the following materials:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letters of support from their chief/chair at their current institution or training program.
  • Detailed outline of plans, including specific type of training for stay at host training site, and one to two page narrative describing: (1) what they hope to accomplish during the Program; (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
Applications will be reviewed by the AATS Foundation Scientific Review Committee, which includes surgeons with recognized expertise in minimally invasive surgery. 

At the conclusion of their experience, awardees will be asked to submit a final report to the Foundation and the Sponsor. Three to six months post training, awardees will be asked to submit a report to the Foundation and the Sponsor describing their experience and how they applied their training to clinical practice.

Depending on the planned time spent at the host training site as described in the application, a selection of one of the following two levels will be awarded to offset travel and living expenses:
  • Level One – Awards of up to $7,500 for no more than one month of study.
  • Level Two – Awards of up to $15,000 for 2-3 months of study.
Awards are designed to help defray related travel and living expenses incurred at the North American host training site. Recipients will be recognized at the AATS Annual Meeting and AATS Foundation Reception.

Deadline has passed.