American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

International Chapter Opportunity: Develop an ACS-Based Education Course

The International Chapter Opportunity Program is available to assist chapters of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) with the creation of a local educational course for medical students, resident surgeons, practicing surgeons, and members of the surgical care team. Administered by the International Relations Committee, the grant is possible through the generosity of Dr. Pon Satitpunwaycha.

The goals of this competitive grant program are:

  • To promote surgical education to the international surgical community
  • To encourage the active involvement of the international chapters in ACS activities. A total of up to $25,000 per year will be made available to international chapters to develop educational courses in their own countries.

General Program Information

  • The grant is intended to cover necessary costs, such as the travel expenses of ACS faculty who will teach the course. The grant is not expected to cover all expenses related to course material, venue rental, AV equipment, or food; therefore, chapter or other external funds should be used to support those expenses.
  • Subject to the quality, merit, and requirements of each proposal, either a single grant up to $25,000 or two grants up to $12,500 each will be awarded annually.
  • Preference will be given to low-resource countries as defined by the World Bank.
  • Preference will be given to proposals from chapters that demonstrate additional funds from other sources.
  • Preference will be given to proposals that can be replicated by other international chapters.
  • An international chapter may use the grant to present the ACS General Surgery Review Course or to develop other surgery-focused courses in its home country.
  • The chapter must demonstrate ways it will encourage surgical trainees and medical students to attend and participate in their event.

Application Requirements

  • All proposals must be made by an officer of an international ACS chapter and should be submitted electronically to
  • International chapters should submit an application consisting of the following, in this order, submitted as a single PDF document:
    1. The title of the proposed course.
    2. A description/purpose of activity explaining why such a course is needed in the country, the learning objectives, and how the course will benefit the intended audience.
    3. Duration of the course (1 to 2.5 days) and the proposed date for presentation.
    4. Course format (lectures, hands-on sessions, other). Submission of a preliminary program is required.
    5. Names of proposed faculty, both local and international. International faculty, including U.S.-based ACS Fellows, will ideally represent a majority of the faculty.
    6. A conflict of interest form must be submitted for each faculty member.
    7. Budget with costs broken out by category (e.g., travel, materials, etc.).
    8. A letter of support from the organizing institution or university.
    9. A description of the targeted audience (surgeons, trainees, nurses, other), including the anticipated number of attendees and marketing plan to attract attendees.

Award Obligations

A detailed report of activities must be submitted at the conclusion of the event. In addition, a detailed financial breakdown of grant use is required.

The deadline for submission of proposals is March 1, 2020. All applicants will be notified of the outcome in May 2020.