Sponsored by Ethicon China 

Thoracic Surgery Training Fellowship


Fellowship Goal


A primary goal is to provide Fellows 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 Thoracic Surgery Training Fellowship provides an international training and educational experience for young thoracic surgeons from mainland China by spending a focused period of between one month and one-year studying clinical techniques at a host training site in North America.

Educational Curriculum

This educational experience will include the following:
  • 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 Fellowship and will stimulate continued evolution of minimally invasive thoracic surgery practice.
  • Some programs may also offer exposure to and education regarding robotic thoracic surgery, such as Duke University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the University of Alabama

Host Sites and Sponsors

During the submission process, applicants must select a preferred site and planned time spent at the host training site.
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
    Faculty: Robert McKenna, Jr., MD
  • Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
    Faculty: Thomas D’Amico, MD
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
    Faculty: Stephen Yang, MD
  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
    Faculty: Stephen Cassivi, MD
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Faculty: Wayne Hofstetter, MD
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
    Faculty: David Jones, MD
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY
    Faculty: Todd Demmy, MD
  • Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
    Faculty: Joseph Shrager, MD
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
    Faculty: Robert Cerfolio, MD
  • University of Toronto/Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Canada
    Faculty: Shaf Keshavjee, MD

Eligibility
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 and be in the initial 3 years of his/her staff position.
  • Candidates must have a current academic or hospital appointment.
  • 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.

Application Process
The deadline to submit an application for the Fellowship will be August 1, 2017. 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
  • Proposed travel itinerary
  • One to two page narrative to include: (1) what they hope to accomplish during the Fellowship (including length of stay 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

All applications will be reviewed and awardees will be selected within 45 days of application. Applications will be graded on all aspects of the award criteria.
At the conclusion of their experience, Fellows must submit a final report to the Foundation and the Sponsor.
Three to six months post training, Fellows must submit a report to the Foundation and the Sponsor reviewing how they applied their training to clinical practice.

 Depending on the time spent at the host training site, a selection of one of the following levels will be awarded:

  • Level One – An award of up to $13,500 for 3 months of study.
  • Level Two – An award of up to $32,000 for 6 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 Graham Foundation Reception.

Deadline: August 1, 2017