WTS Carpenter Scholarship

STSA leadership has made the difficult decision to cancel the STSA 67th Annual Meeting due to changing developments and the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and well-being of STSA members, invited speakers, scholars, guests, industry colleagues, and staff are of the utmost importance during these unprecedented times. STSA looks forward to bringing you an exceptional annual meeting November 3-6, 2021 at the Loews Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, GA. Based on these circumstances, WTS is not able to offer and administer the 2020 WTS Carpenter Scholarship.

This award is named for Dr. A.J. Carpenter, 63rd President of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association (STSA) and former President and long-time leader with WTS. A.J. is not only a national leader in cardiac surgery and thoracic education, but also a tremendous mentor to a growing cohort of young surgeons nationwide.

This award allows a woman in medical school or surgical training in the U.S. with an interest in cardiothoracic surgery the opportunity to attend the STSA Annual Meeting, and to be mentored throughout the meeting by a WTS/STSA member. In addition, women postdoctoral candidates in a research or other gap year who have graduated medical school in the U.S. and are committed to cardiothoracic surgery, are eligible to apply.

The STSA meeting is widely recognized as one of the most coveted national meetings in cardiothoracic surgery. The meeting’s format and location provide a strong academic program and unique opportunities for social interaction and relationship building. We encourage all who are interested to click here to apply, or to share this with anyone who may benefit from this opportunity.

The application process for the 2020 WTS Carpenter Scholarship is planned to open Summer 2020. Interested applicants must apply online by clicking here. In addition to completing an online application form, applicants will be asked to upload a current CV and a letter of recommendation from a STSA* Active member.

Contact WTS Headquarters at wts@wtsnet.org with questions.


WTS Carpenter Scholarship for Attendance at the STSA 67th Annual Meeting

The STSA 67th Annual Meeting has been cancelled.

Meeting Dates: November 4-7, 2020

Location:  Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando ResortTM  in Orlando, Florida

Award: Up to $2,000 to cover air travel (one round-trip coach class airfare), ground transportation (shuttle, taxi and or/shared ride, Uber/Lyft), lodging (up to three nights at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando ResortTM ), and meals (not already provided by STSA)  Tickets to the President’s Mixer and Dinner Gala are included. There is no meeting registration fee.

Award Payout: Following the STSA Annual Meeting, up to $2,000 in travel and lodging will be reimbursed upon receipt of a completed report/evaluation of experience, and expense reimbursement form and receipts.

Eligibility: Female medical students, general surgery residents, and cardiothoracic surgery residents enrolled at an ACGME-accredited institution in the U.S.  In addition, women postdoctoral candidates in a research or other gap year who have graduated medical school in the U.S. and are committed to cardiothoracic surgery, are eligible to apply.

Previous recipients of any of the following scholarships/awards are not eligible to apply:

  • WTS Carpenter Scholarship to attend the STSA Annual Meeting
  • WTS Scholarship Program to attend the STS Annual Meeting
  • WTS Thistlethwaite Scholarship to attend the WTSA Annual Meeting
  • STS Looking to the Future Scholarship to attend the STS Annual Meeting
  • STSA Brooks Scholarship to attend the STSA Annual Meeting

Mentor: A WTS/STSA member will be assigned prior to the STSA 67th Annual Meeting.

*STSA supports southern and southern-trained members of the cardiothoracic surgery community and their families in the pursuit of the highest quality patient care, education, scientific achievement, collegiality, and life balance. STSA represents more than 1,100 cardiothoracic surgeons throughout the country. Although the STSA is a regional society by definition, members are from all over the United States. At the time of application, STSA members must be practicing, or have previously practiced cardiothoracic surgery for at least one consecutive year, or have completed their general surgery residency, thoracic surgery residency, or a research fellowship in one of the states/regions: Alabama; Arkansas; Florida; Georgia; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; Mississippi; Missouri; North Carolina; Oklahoma; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; West Virginia; District of Columbia; the U.S. territories and commonwealths in the Caribbean.