Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) February 13, 2014
Los Angeles based Foundation for Surgical Fellowships (FSF) has just announced that it will fund $5,500,000 to over 100 individual medical fellowship programs throughout the United States for the 2014-2015 funding cycle. The majority of the disciplines for fellowships are in the specific area of gastrointestinal medicine including Bariatirc, Bariatric MIS, Colorectal, Hepato-Pancreato Biliary (HPB), Thoracic and MIS General Surgery.
FSF board President Dr. Dennis Fowler said “In today’s changing landscape of medical surgery, it’s more important than ever that the FSF can continue to provide funding for fellowships that will train current and future surgeons to deliver the highest quality surgical care and state of the art procedures to patients.” Since its inception the FSF has awarded approximately 23 million in support of postgraduate surgical training.
FSF was formed in 2010 to create a bridge between funders and gastrointestinal fellowship recipients that encompassed the goals of the surgical education community. Prior to 2010, 80% of fellowships were funded directly by industry without the guidance and leadership of the surgical community.
Currently FSF is experiencing a reduction in funding due to the economic downturn impacting the medical manufacturing industry and is aggressively seeking alternative funding resources to alleviate this situation for future funding cycles.
The Foundation for Surgical Fellowships exists to fund high quality fellowships in various areas of surgery, including but not limited to flexible endoscopy, minimal access surgery and other related disciplines. Through a blinded application and review process, the Foundation will identify and distribute funds to qualified organizations based on criteria of excellence. The Foundation for Surgical Fellowships will promote and support the continued availability of postgraduate surgical training opportunities of the highest quality.