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There is a severe shortage of surgeons in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Current data indicate that there are only 0.5 surgeons for every 100,000 people. Although women make up more than 50 percent of the population, they represent only 7 percent of the surgical work force.


To help address this problem, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa (COSECSA) have developed a scholarship program to support women in surgical training, help them complete their training, and encourage other women in medicine to consider surgery as a profession.

About This Scholarship
• The program is open to junior female surgical trainees enrolling in the COSECSA surgical fellowship program
• The usage of this award is to register into the fellowship program

Application Process

  • Applicants should include a personal statement indicating future goals, a current curriculum vitae, and a letter of support from their surgical training program director.
  • Completed applications should be sent to the COSECSA Scholarship Committee through the Scholarship Application Portal. Please select the Scholarship Name 2022 ACS-COSECSA SCHOLARSHIP TRACK 1 and Reference Number ACS-COSECSA/2022/T1 in the application portal.

Applications are due no later than March 31, 2022.

For More information refer to the announcement flyer here.

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