By Carolyn Rogers
The successful AAOS Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) International scholarship program—which enables orthopaedic surgeons from less economically stable nations to travel to the United States to participate in an AAOS surgical skills course—is now entering its third year.
Under this program, four international scholars each year are selected to receive a $3,000 scholarship to attend a hands-on clinical skills course at the Orthopaedic Learning Center in Rosemont, Ill. Scholarship candidates must be 45 years of age or younger and have completed their basic and specialty orthopaedic training. Candidates also are required to demonstrate strong leadership potential and good English-language speaking and reading skills.
In addition to their participation in the course, each scholar is matched with an American physician-host for a one- to two-day hospital observership and private practice tour.
Although the number of quality applicants made for a difficult ranking process this year, the Academy's International Committee reviewed the applications and selected the following surgeons to receive the 2004 CAC International Scholarships:
The CAC was founded in May 1998 to serve as a forum for the exchange of information of mutual concern to the AAOS, the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation and members of orthopaedic industry.
Its goals include coordinating activities of existing entities that address Academy and industry relations and encouraging and supporting public education and public relations programs that increase public awareness of orthopaedic surgery. In addition, the CAC shares information and periodically reviews industry CME courses and research projects and their relationship to the Academy's efforts. The council also coordinates the financial support of industry for the Academy's educational courses and research projects.