From the AATS

Apply for Award Opportunities


Take a look at the programs that are currently accepting applications, including:

AATS Annual Meeting Travel Award
Deadline: January 15

Available to surgeons from around the world working within under-resourced medical centers, the AATS Annual Meeting Travel Awards aid deserving applicants with the cost of travel to attend the AATS Annual Meeting, which is to take place this year in San Diego, California

Learn from the Masters
Deadline: January 15

Providing a unique educational experience, the Learn from the Masters program pairs awardees who have recently completed their residency or fellowship with leading cardiac surgeons. During their three to six month stay the awardee will work within a full clinical position, which includes full clinical service access.

Graham Surgical Investigator
Deadline: January 15

Supporting innovating clinical or transitional research within the field of cardiothoracic surgery, the Graham Surgical Investigator awards a limited number of proposals to topics of research varying from robotically assisted surgery, minimally invasive surgery, to other applications of new and innovative technologies within cardiothoracic surgery.

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The following programs for medical students and residents are also accepting applications:

AATS Member for a Day Program
Deadline: January 15

North American medical students, general surgery residents, up to third year integrated cardiothoracic surgery residents (I-6) and members of the American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) have an opportunity to accompany an AATS Member Mentor during portions of the 2018 AATS Annual Meeting. The program is designed to offer insight into the cardiothoracic surgery specialty and to provide an opportunity to network and build relationships within the cardiothoracic surgical community.

AATS Perioperative/Team-Based Care Poster Competition
Deadline: January 15th, 2018

Non-MD cardiothoracic surgical team professionals (NPs, PAs, Perfusionists, and RNs) have the opportunity to submit an abstract for consideration to participate in the AATS Perioperative/Team-Based Care Poster Competition at the 2018 AATS Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, April 28 - May 1. These posters may contain material that has been previously presented.

AATS Summer Intern Scholarship in Cardiothoracic Surgery
Deadline: January 15

Established in 2007 to introduce the field of cardiothoracic surgery to first and second year medical students in a North American medical school, the goal is to broaden awardees’ educational experiences be enabling them to spend eight weeks during the summer (June thru September) working in an AATS member’s cardiothoracic surgery department. The Scholarship is partially funded by Scanlan International Inc., and the AATS Graham Foundation. It provides a grant of $2,500 to the successful applicants for their living expenses during the eight weeks of training at the selected host institution. Additionally, successful applicants receive complimentary registration to the 98th AATS Annual Meeting.

AATS Cardiothoracic Surgery Resident Poster Competition
Deadline: January 31

Providing an opportunity for senior cardiothoracic surgery residents and/or congenital heart surgery fellows from around the world to represent their institution by presenting a scientific poster of their clinical/investigative research at the 2018 AATS Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA April 28th – May 1st, 2018. Once committed, residents/fellows must provide the Cardiothoracic Residents Committee with a brief abstract regarding the research on their posters. Posters may include research that has been previously presented and/or published. This award is limited to one participant per institution.

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