The AATS Foundation Valerie Rusch Mentored Career Development Award provides support for women cardiothoracic surgeons and the development of cardiothoracic expertise in Low-to-Middle-Income-Countries (LMIC – as defined by the World Bank’s income classifications by country ). This career development award can be used for female North American thoracic and cardiac surgeons or trainees to pursue a research project in a LMIC or for a female thoracic or cardiac surgeon or trainee from a LMIC to support clinical observational training in North America, translational research, or the opportunity to have a visiting North American cardiac or thoracic surgeon-mentor provide training, education, or research support at the applicant’s LMIC home institution.
Acceptance into the program will include the following*:
Please note that not all facets listed above are required for acceptance into the program, applicant may apply for 1-3 parts of the program, identifying within their application what aspect or combined aspects best meets their career goals. Additionally, any award payments made to foreign individuals may be subject to federal tax withholding of up to 30% if a recipient is traveling to the United States.
To support diversity, disseminate science and practice in thoracic and cardiac surgery in LMIC. This career development award is designed to have a significant impact on cardiothoracic surgeons, the specialty, and LMIC with the selected awardee sharing their findings upon completion of the program.
The applicant is required to contact program of their choice and obtain a letter of agreement from host surgeon to be submitted with their application.
Practicing female thoracic and cardiac surgeons or those enrolled in thoracic or cardiac surgery training program. The program strongly encourages applicants from low – and middle income countries.
Candidates are required to upload the following items with their online application:
**Required only for candidates who are requesting funding for research support.
The AATS Foundation’s review committee will review all applications and notify candidates of a final decision. Applications will be graded on all aspects of the award criteria. At the conclusion of the fellowship, a final report is required to be submitted to the Foundation Board of Directors and any publications emanating from the research must include acknowledgment of the award.