WTS Colson Scholarship

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This award is named for Yolonda L. Colson, MD, PhD, past president of Women in Thoracic Surgery (2010-2012), and recently served as the first woman and 103rd president of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.


Dr. Colson is the Chief for the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Hermes C. Grillo Professor in the Field of Thoracic Surgery, and Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Her clinical interests are aimed at improving early detection, access to curative treatment options, and development of novel therapeutic approaches to lung cancer, particularly in women. Her research focuses on the development of unique mechanisms of polymer and nanoparticle drug delivery to prevent cancer recurrence, and the investigation of novel methods to identify occult lymph node metastases in lung cancer. She is co-inventor on three awarded patents and has received more than twenty foundation grants, including the AATS Alton Ochsner Research Scholarship, and seven R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.


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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 AATS 104th Annual Meeting, and to be mentored throughout the meeting by a WTS 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 AATS 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. 

The application process for the 2024 WTS Colson Scholarship are closed.

Interested applicants must apply online at the link below and will be required to submit the following:

      • Application form which includes a 250 word maximum essay question response
      • Current CV
      • Letter of support from the applicant’s medical school official or residency program director permitting participation (Letter of support must reference the name of the applicant)
      • Letter of recommendation from an WTS Active member (it is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm membership)

The submission deadline for applications is February 29, 2024, 11:59 p.m. PDT.

Submit application and other required documents to help@wtsnet.org 

WTS Colson Scholarship Application

Interested applicants should send the application materials in one Zip File in an email with the subject line, “WTS Colson Scholarship Application” to help@wtsnet.org. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

WTS Colson Scholarship for Attendance at the AATS Annual Meeting

Meeting Dates:
April 27-30, 2024

Metro Toronto Convention Center, Toronto, ON, Canada

Award: Up to $3,000 to cover air travel (one round-trip coach class airfare), ground transportation (shuttle, taxi and Uber/Lyft), lodging (up to three nights at one of the AATS Affiliate Hotels), and meals (not already provided by AATS). Registration fee is waived for scholarship recipient.

Award Payout: Following the AATS Annual Meeting, up to $3,000 in travel and lodging expenses 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:

      • AATS Member For A Day Program
      • WTS Thistlethwaite Scholarship to attend the WTSA Annual Meeting
      • WTS Scholarship Program to attend the STS Annual Meeting
      • WTS Carpenter Scholarship to attend the STSA 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 member will be assigned prior to the AATS Annual Meeting.