Tuesday, November 29, 2016

IPSAC Vietnam Scholarship Program Supports Physicians in Vietnam


Mark J. Holterman, MD, serves as a professor of surgery and pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, where he is a member of the surgery department’s division of pediatric surgery. Outside his work with the university’s surgery department, Dr. Mark J. Holterman supports the International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam (IPSAC-VN), which advances the quality of health care in Vietnam through the IPSAC Vietnam Scholarship Program.

Granting awards of $2,500 to eligible Vietnam-based medical persons, the scholarship program focuses on granting access to a tailored education to nurses, allied medical personnel, and licensed and in-training physicians. The scholarship enables recipients to attend a US-based medical institution approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and covers educational expenses associated with clinical practices or translational research training for up to two months. Funds may also go toward travel and room and board.

Eligible applicants must possess a firm grasp of the English language and provide a letter of recommendation from their home institution that highlights the applicant’s dedication to quality health care. Award recipients will receive a certificate from the IPSAC-VN and the host medical institution upon completing the program, and must then return to their original institution in Vietnam. Certificates do not grant license to practice in the US, nor may they apply toward application for a US residency or fellowship program.

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