North American International GI Training Grant

The North American International GI Training Grant provides partial financial support to U.S. and Canadian GI Fellows in training or GI Physicians who have completed their training within the last 5 years, to receive clinical or clinical research training or education in Gastroenterology and Hepatology outside of North America. The funding is provided so that an individual can acquire or develop new cognitive knowledge or a technical skill. This newly acquired knowledge or skill would then be used to improve patient care in the applicant’s geographic area.

The amount of the grant will not exceed $10,000, and is to be used for travel to and from the training center and to the ACG Annual Meeting as well as for incidental expenses related to the training. A travel grant may or may not be awarded in any given year.

Eligibility

GI Fellows in training who are enrolled in an accredited gastroenterology fellowship program or GI Physicians who completed their training within the last 5 years, and are citizens of the United States or Canada, are eligible to apply together with his/her training institution. The training must take place between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

Requirements

Applicants must submit a completed application form, a personal statement that summarizes the reasons and objectives of additional training, a curriculum vitae, copies of all published articles and abstracts within the last five years, and a completed application form from the host training center. Three letters of recommendation are also required — one from the training preceptor/director; one from an ACG Fellow; and another from a person of your choosing.

Applicants are responsible for selecting a host training center who will voluntarily agree to participate in the program. The host training center must be able to accomplish the training goals and must complete the host training center application. ACG is not be responsible for any additional financial obligation to the preceptor of the GI training program.

The North American International GI Training Grant of the College must be mentioned in any publication(s) generated by the awardee and host training center through this program. At completion of the training, the awardee must submit a written summary (critique, educational experience) to ACG.

Application Forms

North American International GI Training Grant Application Form

Host Training Center Application Form

All applications must be submitted in PDF file format by email to Maria Susano at msusano@gi.org by March 31, 2020.

Review Process

The ACG International Relations Committee will select one awardee, subject to Board approval, based upon the applicant’s credentials, the merit of the proposed training by the selected host training center and the potential of enhancing the field of gastroenterology in the applicant’s home country.

Applicants will be notified after July 1, 2020 with funding to begin after July 2020. Questions regarding this program should be sent to Maria Susano at msusano@gi.org.

Past Recipients

Year

Recipient

Training Location

Training Center/Area of Training

2019

Robert J. Huang, MD

Singapore

National University of Singapore
Epidemiologic Cohort Design and Development

2018

Vikrant Sood, MD, MS

Bogota, Colombia

WGO Training Center
Therapeutic EUS

2017

Tracey G. Simon, MD

Stockholm, Sweden

Karolinska Institute
Impact of Statin Medication on HCV-related Fibrogenesis and Tumorigenesis

2016

Gene K. Ma, MD

Tokyo, Japan

Jikei University School of Medicine
Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD)

2015

Jennifer Yi-Jiun Pan, MD
About her experience

Melbourne, Australia

University of Melbourne
Colorectal cancer

2014

Akwi W. Asombang, MD
About her experience

Lusaka, Zambia

The Cancer Disease Hospital
Pancreatic cancer

2013

Ryan Law, MD
About his experience

Yokohama, Japan

Showa Univ. Int’l Training Ctr. for Endoscopy
POEM

2012

Hamed Khalili, MD

Stockholm, Sweden

Karolinska Institute
IBD and risk factors

2011

Amit Bhatt, MD
About his experience

Mainz, Germany

National Cancer Center
Endoscopic submucosal dissection

2010

Jenny Sauk, MD
About her experience

Tokyo, Japan

Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
Confocal endomicroscopy

2009

Tonya Kaltenbach, MD
About her experience

Tokyo, Japan

National Cancer Center Hospital
Endoscopic mucosal resection and submucosal dissesction

2008

Anna Marta Buchner, MD, PhD
About her experience

Mainz, Germany
Paris, France

University of Mainz
Mauna Kea Technology
Confocal imaging/endomicroscopy

International GI Training Grant

The International GI Training Grant provides partial financial support to physicians outside of the United States and Canada to receive clinical or clinical research training or education in Gastroenterology and Hepatology in selected medical training centers in North America. The funding is provided so that an individual can acquire or develop new cognitive knowledge or a technical skill. This newly acquired knowledge or skill would then be used to improve patient care in the applicant’s geographic area.

The amount of the grant will not exceed $10,000, and is to be used for travel to and from the training center and to the ACG Annual Meeting as well as for incidental expenses related to the training. A travel grant may or may not be awarded in any given year.

Eligibility

Physicians who are not citizens of nor are currently residing in the United States or Canada, and who are working in gastroenterology or related areas are eligible to apply together with his/her training institution. The training period must be for at least 6 months and must take place between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

Requirements

Applicants must submit a completed application form, a personal statement that summarizes the reasons and objectives of additional training, a curriculum vitae, copies of all published articles and abstracts within the last five years, and a completed application form from the host training center. Three letters of recommendation are also required — one from the training preceptor/director; one from an ACG Fellow; and another from a person of your choosing.

Applicants are responsible for selecting a host training center who will voluntarily agree to participate in the program. The host training center must be able to accomplish the training goals and must complete the host training center application. ACG is not be responsible for any additional financial obligation to the preceptor of the GI training program.

The International GI Training Grant of the College must be mentioned in any publication(s) generated by the awardee and host training center through this program. At completion of the training, the awardee must submit a written summary (critique, educational experience) to ACG.

Application Forms

International GI Training Grant Application Form

Host Training Center Application Form

All applications must be submitted in PDF file format by email to Maria Susano at msusano@gi.org by March 31, 2020.

Review Process

The ACG International Relations Committee will select one awardee, subject to Board approval, based upon the applicant’s credentials, the merit of the proposed training by the selected host training center and the potential of enhancing the field of gastroenterology in the applicant’s home country.

Applicants will be notified after July 1, 2020 with funding to begin after July 2020. Questions regarding this program should be sent to Maria Susano at msusano@gi.org.

Past Recipients

Year

Recipient

Country

Training Center/Area of Training

2019

Vikrant Sood, MD

India

University of Pittsburgh Med Ctr Children’s Hospital
Pediatric Hepatology and Transplant Hepatology

2018

Luis Raul Valdovinos Garcia, MD

Mexico

Mayo Clinic Scottsdale
Diseases of the Esophagus

2017

Irina Cazacu, MD

Romania

UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Oncologic Aspects of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy

2016

Sally A. Bampoh, MD

Ghana

Mayo Clinic Rochester
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy

2015

Piyush Somani, MD

India

Florida Hospital, Center for Interventional Endoscopy
Advanced ERCP, Cholangioscopy and EUS

2014

Oriol Sendino-Garcia, MD

Spain

California Pacific Medical Center
Interventional endoscopy

2013

Salome Bandoh, MD

Ghana

Mayo Clinic Rochester
Infectious diarrhea and data

2012

Wiriyaporn Ridtitid, MD
About her experience

Thailand

Indiana University
ERCP

2011

Nikhil Anil Nadkarni, MD

India

Mayo Clinic Rochester
Acute Pancreatitis

2010

Avelyn Kwok, MD

Australia

Medical University of South Carolina
Advanced EUS procedures

2009

Andres Duarte Rojo, MD

Mexico

University of Toronto, University Health Network
Clinical hepatology

2008

Ling Yi Zhang, MD, MS

China

Carolinas Medical Center and University of North Carolina
Chronic hepatology; B&C

2007

Ian Homer Y. Cua, MD

Philippines

Columbia University Medical Center
Transplant hepatology

2006

Alberto Rubio Tapia, MD

Mexico

Mayo Clinic
Celiac disease

2005

Aldo Javier Montano-Loza, MD

Mexico

Mayo Clinic
Autoimmune hepatitis

2004

Ender Fakioglu, MD

Turkey

University of Kansas
Gastrenterology/health care service quality

2003

Kyoto Ito, MD

Japan

Baylor College of Medicine
H. pylori in hepatocarcinogenesis

2002

Ratha-korn Vilaichone, MD

Thailand

Baylor College of Medicine
H. pylori and gastroenterology

2001

Mohamed El Sadany, MD

Egypt

University of Texas Medical Branch
Endosonography

2000

Harshad C. Devarbhavi, MD

India

Mayo Clinic
Gastroenterology and hepatology

1999

Marko Duvnjak, MD

Croatia

Medical College of Virginia

1998

Eliza Maria de Brito, MD

Brazil

The Graduate Hospital

1997

Jan Gunnar Hatlebakk, MD

Norway

The Graduate Hospital

Marisa Fonseca Magalhaes, MD

Brazil

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Sri Prakash Misra, MD

India

Mayo Clinic

1996

Dervis Bandres, MD

Venezuela

Georgetown University School of Medicine

Orsolya I. Halmos, MD

Hungary

Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Issa Marie Nigl Navarrete, MD

Mexico

University of Miami

Rajko Ostojic, MD

Croatia

Medical College of Virginia

Seren Ozenirler, MD

Turkey

Baylor College of Medicine

Shayong Yu, MD

China

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

1995

Lars Aabakken, MD

Norway

Medical University of South Carolina

Carlos Midrani Boyle, MD

Mexico

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

I. Soykan, MD

Turkey

University of Virginia

J. Woo, MD

Korea

Baylor College of Medicine