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ACS/SSAT Health Policy and Management Scholarship
The American College of Surgeons and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract are offering an annual scholarship to subsidize attendance and participation in the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. The award is in the amount of $8,000, to be used toward the cost of tuition, travel, housing, and subsistence during the period of the course.

The date for receipt of applications has passed.
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Andrew L. Warshaw Master Educator Award
The SSAT established the Warshaw Master Educator Award in 2011 to recognize an outstanding surgical educator and mentor. The award will be presented annually to a member of the SSAT who exemplifies excellence as a mentor, teacher, and educator. Nominations are encouraged from the SSAT membership; Past Presidents, previous Founders Medal Recipients, and current members of the SSAT Executive Committee are not eligible for this recognition. The award recipient will be selected by a special committee of the SSAT based on the information provided by the nominator, with the award being presented at the Annual Meeting of the SSAT at Digestive Disease Week.
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Carol and Tom R. DeMeester Traveling Fellowship for Surgeons within the U.S. or Canada
The goal of this traveling fellowship is to promote interaction and learning among SSAT members within the United States or Canada. The travelling fellow will visit a University-affiliated or academic practice of his/her choosing, within the United States or Canada, for a period of 6 to 10 days, under the sponsorship of a Society member at the hosting institution. A stipend of up to $3,500 will be provided to the Traveling Fellow, to defray reasonable costs for travel, lodging and meals. Please note that the application process is now entirely online, and only online applications will be considered.
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DDW Basic Science Travel Awards
These awards for young investigators who co-author basic science abstracts selected for presentation at DDW 2017 provide 1000 USD travel grants to defray the cost of attending Digestive Disease Week. Please note: These travel grants are administered by DDW and are open to co-authors of basic science abstracts submitted to and accepted by any of the four DDW societies.
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SSAT Founders Medal Award  
The SSAT Founders Medal was established in 1976 and is given annually to an individual who has provided leadership and service to the SSAT over their career in surgery. While it is often given to a Past President of the SSAT, this is not a requirement; the only real requirement is dedication, leadership and service over the span of many years.
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SSAT Indian Association of Surgical Gastroenterology (IASG) Fellowship
The purpose of this fellowship is to encourage international exchange of surgical scientific information for Indian Association of Surgical Gastroenterology and SSAT Members. The SSAT-IASG Traveling Fellow will visit one or two institutions in the United States or Canada hosted by an SSAT member during a two-week period, and attend the SSAT Annual Meeting at Digestive Disease Week.
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JOGS Best Article Award

In 2007, Springer, the publisher of the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, began providing annual award monies for the best article(s) published in JOGS during each print Volume year. Selection of these best articles is made by the Journal Editors, the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract Executive Committee, and the SSAT Communications Committee.

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Karen and Josef E. Fischer International Traveling Fellowship for Surgeons in Academic Practice
The goal of this traveling fellowship is to promote interaction and learning among junior academic surgeons in the SSAT with surgical units overseas. One awardee each year will be funded to visit International GI Surgery units and an International Meeting. A stipend of up to $5,000 will be provided to the Traveling Fellow to defray reasonable costs for travel, lodging, and meals.
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Layton F. Rikkers Master Clinician Award
The SSAT established the Rikkers Master Clinician Award in 2013 to recognize an outstanding clinical surgeon. The award will be presented annually to a member of the SSAT who exemplifies excellence in clinical surgery. Nominations are encouraged from the SSAT membership; Past Presidents, previous Founders Medal Recipients, and current members of the SSAT Executive Committee are not eligible for this recognition. The award recipient will be selected by a special committee of the SSAT based on the information provided by the nominator, with the award being presented at the Annual Meeting of the SSAT at Digestive Disease Week.
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SSAT Public Service Award
Established in 2008, the SSAT Public Service Award recognizes an individual or organization from the lay community that has impacted the public by promoting or creating awareness of gastrointestinal health. The recipient should have dedicated considerable time and/or expertise to significantly impact the advancement of the lay public to understand or cope with problems of gastrointestinal health. Individuals/Organizations from the public as well as from the private sectors are eligible. Nominations must include: 1) a letter of recommendation from an SSAT member that summarizes the specific accomplishments of the nominee, and 2) the curriculum vitae of the individual or resume of the organization.
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SSAT Residents and Fellows Research Conference Presentation Awards

The SSAT Residents and Fellows Research Conference is a daylong session held annually in conjunction with Digestive Disease Week, at which the residents and fellows who serve as the presenting authors of the highest ranked abstracts from the Annual Meeting are given the opportunity to present their own work and hear and discuss the work of their colleagues from around the world. Participating in the SSAT Residents and Fellows Research Conference is by invitation only.

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SSAT Traveling Fellowship for Surgeons in Developing Nations
The SSAT established this Fellowship to provide an opportunity to promote interaction among surgeons working in developing countries and members of the SSAT as well as to provide learning opportunities that surgeons in developing countries might not have otherwise. Two surgeons working in developing countries will each be awarded a Traveling Fellowship so s/he can attend DDW and also visit one or two institutions in the United States or Canada, hosted by an SSAT member over a two-week period.
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SSAT Writers Workshop Scholarships
The SSAT established the Writers Workshop Scholarships in 2014 to provide further education to SSAT Members on the writing and revising of journal manuscripts as well as the submission process. Preference will be given to residents and fellows as well as surgeons within their first five years of practice, but all SSAT members are encouraged to apply.
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