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SSO/ESSO International Career Development Exchange

Every year, through its partnership with ESSO, the American Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) provides a grant to an up-and-coming ESSO recognised surgical oncologist to attend the SSO Annual Symposium and visit various exceptional Surgical Oncology institutions within the USA. The visit offers access to top minds and topical education and enables the selected fellow to expand his/her expertise and to network with surgical oncologists (both at the SSO Annual Symposium and at the institutions he/she visits) to develop long-term relationships in order to improve cancer care in their home country. The period of the program will take place over two weeks in March 2018, with no more than one week spent at any single institution. SSO will provide the successful applicant with a list of institutions to visit and act as an intermediary once the applicant has decided upon the institutions he/she would like to visit.

The Award

The successful candidate will receive:

  • Complimentary registration to the SSO Annual Cancer Symposium including an invitation to the international reception and the SSO/ESSO meeting
  • The opportunity to display and present an Abstract Poster in the Global Poster Section in the Exhibit Hall
  • A $5,000 grant to cover international airfare, logding and airfare within the US for the duration of the exchange
  • An SSO Member Mentor, matched based on shared professional and scientific interests
  • One year complimentary membership with SSO (subject to approval), including a subscription to the Annals of Surgical Oncology

Within 30 days of the visit a detailed report is expected on the activities and experiences of the successful award recipient, both good and bad, explaining their goals before the visit and what they have accomplished. Report criteria will be provided prior to SSO Annual Symposium.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be:

  • Able to demonstrate leadership potential
  • Aged 40 years old or younger
  • A member in good-standing of the European Society of Surgical Oncology - please note: applications from non-ESSO members will not be considered.
  • Fluent in English (both writing and speaking)
  • Able to travel to the United States  (it is preferred that Grant Recipients already have a current passport)

Applicants cannot have:

  • Previously received the SSO ICDE grant
  • Previously attended more than one SSO Annual Meeting in the past 3 years

How to Apply

Next call for applications will be open in August 2018. Applicatants are required to complete online application form (found below) and attach a Personal Statement, Curriculum Vitae, Letter of Recommendation and Photograph in one single PDF document by 31st September 2018.

The Personal Statement requires the following structure:

  1. Background – Provide an overview of your oncology background and a description of oncology in your region of the world.
  2. Specific Objectives – State concisely and realistically how attending the Annual Meeting and being mentored by an SSO member at a cancer center in the United States will impact your work and oncology in your country/region. List specific objectives that you wish to accomplish while participating in the program.
  3. Future Plans – Dissemination of the knowledge you gain is an important element of the ICDE program. State how you will apply what you learn during the Annual Meeting and the time spent with your mentor at a U.S. cancer center. Provide examples of lectures, meetings, and any other future plans you will carry out after returning to your home country.

Please submit your Letter of Recommendation from your Program Director/Chair of your Department/Director of your Institution. If you are currently enrolled in an oncology training program, the Program Director should write the Letter of Recommendation. The Letter of Recommendation should address the relationship between the ICDE Recipient and the letter writer, how the ICDE recipient compares to his/her colleagues, how participation in the ICDE program will impact the applicant, and the opportunities the applicant will have to disseminate the information learned upon returning home.

Important Dates

Deadline for applications

30th September 2018

Results of selection

1st - 30th November, 2018

Deadline for receiving US visa

To be confirmed

Deadline for arranging US travel

To be confirmed

International Career Development Exchange

March 2019

Submission of final report & evaluation

1st June, 2019

Submission of one-year follow-up

1st June, 2020

Submission of two-year follow-up

1st June, 2021