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International Clinical Fellowship in Thoracic Surgery

Applicant Requirements: Deadline ends at 11:59pm Eastern on 7/1/2024

Career Stage: Residents

Program Type: Fellowship

Specialty: Thoracic

Status: Closed

Opens: April 15, 2024

Deadline: July 2, 2024

Program Overview

Provides a 6-month to 1-year fellowship in thoracic surgery for CT surgeons. If 1-year fellowship is to be completed, the first 6 months will be research focused with the final 6 months as a full-immersion clinical fellowship. The selected fellow will have full clinical access to operate during the duration of the program and will have full immersion in the institution's thoracic surgical department. A high-volume operating experience will be provided to the fellow, and a research component is strongly encouraged.

Host Site

Marie Lannelongue Hospital, Department of Thoracic Surgery

AATS Host Member

Dr. Elie Fadel, Chief of Thoracic Surgery


  • 50,000 Euros annual* stipend includes taxes** and health insurance***, access to clinical platform, staff meetings, and experimental laboratory.
  • Lodging in France for fellow to be provided by the institution for the duration of the fellowship either by direct funding or by securing hospital funded apartment for the fellow. (equivalent to 20,000 Euros)
  • Institution will cover costs to attend the AATS Annual Meeting and International Thoracic Surgical Oncology Summit (ITSOS), including travel, lodging, and registration fees.

*If only 6 months fellowship to be completed, half of the salary will be used
**To be paid as a grant so no taxes to be withheld
***To be given status of ‘stagiaire associé’ to be covered in full by insurance by the institution

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for this award, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for consideration:

  • Current Status: Candidate will be North American thoracic surgery residents in the chief/penultimate year of their training who seek to develop exceptional skill and knowledge in the field of thoracic surgery and become a future leader in the field.
  • Language Requirement: English (Knowledge of conversational French is preferred, but not required)
  • Travel Requirements: Candidate must satisfy all necessary licensure, visa, and credentialing criteria required by the host center.

Application Process

Applicants should provide the following materials with their formal application:

  • A curriculum vitae with a full description of their surgical experience
  • Letter of support from the chief/chair of their current institution or their training program*
  • One to two-page narrative to include:
    • What they hope to accomplish during their fellowship
    • How they will utilize the skills they have learned at their home institution, if applicable
    • Relationship of the planned study to the applicant’s prior experience, preparation, and professional goals
    • Statement of future career goals

*For those looking to send letters of support for the candidate directly to the AATS Foundation, please email

Review Process

The AATS Foundation’s Thoracic Scholarship Committee will review all applications and recommend recipients to be presented to AATS Foundation Board of Directors for a final decision. At the conclusion of their training a final report describing their fellowship experience and its application to clinical practice will be required for submission to the AATS Foundation. The recipient will also be asked to report on how attending the AATS Annual Meeting and ITSOS impacted their learning experience.

Applications will be graded on all aspects of the award criteria. All applicants will be notified with an official letter from the AATS Foundation within 2-3 months of the program deadline. Should you have any questions regarding your status prior to receiving this notification, please contact

Program past deadline:

Deadline has passed for applying for this program.