The Emerging Thoracic Surgical Oncologist Fellowship was established in 2020 by the AATS Foundation to improve lung cancer treatment by fostering multidisciplinary knowledge and innovation through a broadened educational experience available to young thoracic surgeons. This program supports the next generation of medical professionals who will ultimately shape the future of thoracic surgical oncology. The major aim of this initiative is to improve the outcomes of patients with thoracic malignancies, lung cancer in particular, in both academic and community practices.
Acceptance into the program includes the following:
To be eligible for an award, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
A number of AATS host surgeons/institutions who are experienced in thoracic surgical oncology have partnered with the AATS Foundation on this initiative. Interested applicants have the option to select their own host institution with approval from host. If selecting host institution outside of suggested host sponsors, applicant is required to contact the program of their choice and obtain a letter of agreement from host surgeon to be submitted with their application. Potential hosts are listed below.
The curriculum will be largely defined by the host institution but will include topics such as:
In addition to a formal online application, candidates are required to upload the following materials:
AATS Foundation’s review committee, which includes surgeons with recognized expertise in thoracic surgical oncology, will review all applications and select awardees within 45 days of application deadline. Applications will be graded on all aspects of the award criteria. At the conclusion of their experience, a final report is required for submission to the Foundation in which the recipient must include a count of the number of patients impacted during their training.