WTS Brigid Scanlan Traveling Mentorship Award

The WTS Brigid Scanlan Traveling Mentorship Award is made possible by Scanlan International, Inc. and provides support for medical students and general surgery residents to gain exposure to women cardiothoracic surgeon mentors by visiting a WTS member for an elective period. This award has been renamed in memory of Brigid Scanlan to honor her incredible support of women in the cardiothoracic surgery field.

Awards include up to $2,500 towards travel-related expenses including room and board for the designated travel elective. Applicants are responsible for contacting potential mentors and securing arrangements prior to submitting an application. Awardees will be invited to attend the WTS Membership Meeting and Reception at The Society of Thoracic Surgery Annual Meeting for presentation of their award.

Please note that previous recipients of the WTS Brigid Scanlan Traveling Mentorship Award, formerly named the Scanlan/WTS Traveling Mentorship Award, are not eligible to apply.

The application process for the 2019 WTS Brigid Scanlan Traveling Mentorship Award is now open.
  Interested applicants should apply online at https://sts.fluidreview.com/ where they will be required to submit the following:

  • An online application form, including a 250-word essay describing the applicant’s interest in cardiothoracic surgery;
  • A current version of the applicant’s CV;
  • A letter of commitment from the WTS mentor the applicant wishes to visit; and
  • A letter of support from the applicant’s medical school official or residency program director permitting the elective.

Review the list of available WTS member mentors.

The deadline to submit application materials is Monday, December 31, 2018, 11:59 p.m. CT.

 For questions, please contact Rachel Pebworth, WTS Affiliate Manager, at rpebworth@sts.org.


2018 Award Recipient:

  • Jessica Hudson, MD, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Read about Jessica Hudson’s experience with Dr. Betty Tong at Duke University.

Award Recipient Dr. Jessica Hudson with Dr. Betty Tong

 


2017 Award Recipients:

  • Brittany Potz, MD, Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, RI
  • Rosalie Sterner, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Read about Rosalie Sterner’s experience with Dr. Jennifer Lawton in Baltimore, MD.

Award Recipient Rosalie Sterner with mentor Dr. Jennifer Lawton

Award Recipient Rosalie Sterner with mentor Dr. Jennifer Lawton

2016 Award Recipients:

  • Kyla Joubert, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR
  • Robin Boyer, Ross University School of Medicine

Read about Dr. Kyla Joubert’s experience in Houston, TX, visiting Dr. Mara Antonoff at the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. Robin Boyer describes her opportunity to visit LA Children’s under the mentorship of Dr. Cindy Herrington.

Award recipient Dr. Kyla Joubert operating with mentor Dr. Mara Antonoff

Award recipient Dr. Kyla Joubert operating with mentor Dr. Mara Antonoff

 

Dr. Cynthia Herrington and Robin Boyer after surgery

Dr. Cynthia Herrington and Robin Boyer after surgery


2015 Award Recipients:

  • Laura Seese, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine, CA
  • Amanda Stram, MD, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

Laura Seese completed her elective to visit Dr. Kathleen Fenton in February-March 2015. View a video montage with photos from Laura’s trip to visit Dr. Fenton in Central America.


2014 Award Recipients:

  • Meghan Halub, MD, Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, IA
  • Sarah Schubert, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA

Sarah Schubert completed her elective to visit Dr. Jennifer Lawton in April 2014. Read Sarah’s summary of her experience.  

Meghan Halub completed her elective, also to visit Dr. Jennifer Lawton in the Spring/Summer of 2014. Read Meghan’s summary of her experience.

Sarah Schubert, 2014 Scanlan/WTS Traveling Mentorship Award recipient.

Dr. Jennifer Lawton and Dr. Meghan Halub, 2014 Scanlan/WTS Traveling Mentorship Award Recipient

 

2013 Award Recipients:

  • Puja Kachroo, MD, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
  • Laura Trujillo, Mayo Medical School

Laura Trujllo completed her elective in March 2013. Laura traveled to Boston and spent two weeks with Dr. Yolonda Colson at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Read Laura’s summary of her experience.

Puja Kachroo, MD, completed her elective in May 2013. Dr. Kachroo traveled to Pittsburgh and spent two weeks with Dr. Manisha Shende at the University of Pittsburge Medical Center. Read Dr. Kachroo’s summary of her experience.

Dr. Yolonda Colson pictured with Laura Trujillo during Laura’s two-week elective, funded by the Scanlan/WTS Traveling Mentorship Award, February/March 2013.