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Stavros Niarchos Foundation – Thomas P. Sculco, MD International Orthopaedic Fellowship

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation, an international philanthropic organization, supports charitable activities in four primary areas: arts and culture, education, health and medicine and social welfare. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the world. In addition, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation maintains a major commitment to supporting programs in Greece through the guidance of a locally based advisory committee. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation hopes to foster exchange and collaboration among recipient institutions by supporting a broad range of organizations across its program areas in locations around the world.

In an effort to improve healthcare in Greece and throughout the world, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation – Thomas P. Sculco, MD International Orthopaedic Fellowship is designed to provide Greek national Orthopaedic Surgeons the unique opportunity to participate in a one year unaccredited fellowship program at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

Eligibility Criteria for Fellowship Award

The fellowship will be offered to an orthopaedic surgeon from Greece who has completed their residency program and is licensed to practice medicine. The fellowship will continue for one year and combine research, clinical observation, and clinical activity (contingent upon meeting the hospital’s credentialing requirements, including visa and licensure). Under the supervision of Thomas P. Sculco, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief, and selected members of the Hospital’s medical staff, the fellow will work in the Adult Reconstruction & Joint Replacement Division and conduct research. The fellow will have the opportunity to learn about evaluating patients, attend grand rounds and other medical education programs, observe in the operating room, and perform clinical duties related to the research. The fellow may also be present at surgical procedures and ambulatory clinics performed by other members of the orthopaedic faculty. At all times when present in the clinical setting, the fellow will be under the supervision of Dr. Sculco or another designated member of the orthopaedic faculty as per signed delineation of privileges prior to the commencement of the fellowship.

The fellow may elect to pursue clinical research projects or basic science projects depending upon the fellow’s interests and the opportunities available at Hospital for Special Surgery and will be expected to complete scientific and scholarly work, present at a peer review forum and submit one manuscript prior to finishing their fellowship year. The fellow will attend orthopaedic teaching conferences which are presented daily. At Hospital for Special Surgery, over 5,000 primary and revision joint replacements are performed yearly, and over 500 are performed by Dr. Sculco. Additionally, there are many clinical and basic science projects under the supervision of Dr. Sculco and the arthroplasty faculty for the fellow who can assume a major role in project formulation, data collection and preparation of the manuscript.

Visa Information

This fellowship opportunity is contingent upon procurement of the appropriate visa. Please include a copy of your ECFMG certificate with your application, or if you do not have an ECFMG certificate, please send us your curriculum vitae so that we can assess your eligibility for a clinical visa. For more information please contact Amy Broffman at 212-774-2302 or broffmana@hss.edu.

Application

The application form should be submitted in English along with:
1. Official Medical School Dean’s Letter
2. Official Medical School Transcript
3. Curriculum Vitae
4. Personal Statement
5. ECFMG Certificate (see above)
6. Three letters of Professional Reference (see below)
7. An original letter (not a photocopy) in English, to be sent directly to HSS from your consulate, government or licensing agency. This letter must verify that you are licensed to practice medicine in your country without restrictions, and must include the dates of your licensure. A copy of your license must be included with this letter.

Fellowship offers are expressly contingent on submission of all required documentation, fulfillment of all visa requirements, and obtaining all Hospital for Special Surgery approvals.

Selection Process

The applications will be reviewed by a committee, and selection is based on merit. The dates of the fellowship are August 1, 2013 – July 31, 2014. Deadline for application and supporting document submission is January 1, 2013.

Personal Statement

Please include answers to the following questions in a one page personal statement:

1. Why is it important for you to be selected for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation – Thomas P. Sculco, MD, International Orthopaedic Fellowship program?
2. How will the opportunity for basic and clinical research training at Hospital for Special Surgery enhance your present role as an Orthopaedic Surgeon?
3. What direction do you plan to take with your work in this field throughout your career in regards to basic and clinical research?

Letters of Reference

Three letters of reference are to be sent directly to Hospital for Special Surgery by the referring individuals. One letter must be from the candidate’s program/fellowship director/chairman from the candidate’s accredited Greek medical institution stating that the candidate has completed their program in good standing. The two additional letters must be from persons in the Greek academic community.

Interview

The review committee reserves the right to schedule an interview (in-person at the applicant’s expense or phone) when deemed appropriate.

Award

The program recipient will receive an annual salary in the amount of $74,537 (including fringe benefits) along with a $24,000 housing allowance and $3,800 for transportation.

Deadline

Letters of reference, an original and two copies of the completed application (pdf), and all other supporting documents must be received by January 1, 2013. Applicants may be requested to come to Hospital for Special Surgery for an in-person interview, as noted above. You will be notified by February, 2013 if an in-person interview is required. To download an application online, go to www.hss.edu, click on Education, Academic Training, Stavros Niarchos Foundation - Thomas P. Sculco, MD Fellowship Program and click the Download Fellowship Application link. Please attach your ECFMG certificate, medical school Dean’s letter, medical school transcript, curriculum vitae, and personal statement and mail, email or fax to the address below. Please request than an original letter (not a photocopy) in English, be sent directly to HSS from your consulate, government or licensing agency. This letter must verify that you are licensed to practice medicine in your country without restrictions, and must include the dates of your licensure. A copy of your license must be included with this letter.

Mailing Address

Amy Broffman
GME Fellowship Coordinator
Academic Training Department
Education Division
Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA

phone: 212.606.1466
fax: 212.606.1477
email: broffmana@hss.edu
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