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Carol and Tom R. DeMeester Traveling Fellowship for Surgeons within the U.S. or Canada
Application Deadline was February 15, 2022 Past Recipients

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 $5,000 will be provided to the Traveling Fellow, to defray reasonable costs for travel, lodging and meals.

Conditions of Award
Awards will be announced at the SSAT Foundation Awards Reception of the SSAT Annual Meeting in May. The awardee will notify the Chairperson of the PG/CME Committee of acceptance or refusal of Award within one week of the Fellowship recipient receiving notice of award. If the first-identified awardee cannot complete the traveling fellowship, the Chair of the PG/CME Committee will select one of the alternates for the traveling fellowship. The awardee will contact the sponsoring member and make arrangements to complete the fellowship during the period of July 1 to June 30.

Identification of Host Department and Sponsoring SSAT Member
Applicants for the traveling fellowship will identify the institutions and SSAT members (3 to 5 members) who might be solicited as potential hosts. After identification of the traveling fellow, the Chairperson of the SSAT PG/CME Committee will assist the awardee selecting the site to be visited, especially if an introduction is desirable or necessary.

Fellowship Stipend
A stipend of up to $5,000 will be provided to the traveling fellow, to defray reasonable costs for travel, lodging and meals. Expenses will be reimbursed by the Treasurer of the SSAT, upon receipt of the fellow's report and summary of expenses.

Fellowship Application Process
To be eligible for consideration, the following materials should be submitted via the online application.

  • Applicant responses to survey questions
    (no more than 2 pages total, single spaced, font 11 point or larger)

  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume

  • Letter of support from the Chief of Surgery at applicant's primary hospital, which must address the specific objective provided by the applicant.
    (if applicant is the Chief of Surgery, a letter from the chief of the medical staff or hospital director is acceptable)


February 15, 2022 Application Submission Deadline
Early March 2022 Applications reviewed by the PG/CME Committee
March 2022 Notification to Applicants
May 21-24, 2022 Announcement at DDW
July 1 to June 30 Term of Award (One Year)

If you have any questions, please contact the SSAT office at (978) 927-8330 or Email SSAT.

Please note the timeline of reviewing and notifying applicants is estimated and dates may vary slightly. This is an online process, and only online applications will be considered.

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