Women's Leadership Training Grant

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Applications are due Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 11:59 Central Standard Time. Apply at http://abstracts123.com/svs1/meetinglogin?meeting_id=41

Leadership skills are not traditionally taught in medical school or residency or fellowship training, yet are integral to achieving success in one’s career. Through the Leadership Development and Diversity Committee, the SVS continues its strong commitment to leadership development in women. One of the Leadership Development and Diversity Committee’s goals is to encourage more women to enter the specialty, as well as cultivate the development of female vascular surgeons to ensure that the gap with respect to women surgeons in leadership positions is addressed.

The purpose of this grant program is to identify women surgeons who are seeking to develop and sharpen their leadership skills. An award of $5,000 will be provided to be used for travel, hotel accommodations, and registration expenses to attend relevant courses and/or other leadership training opportunities and activities, such as shadowing, coaching, etc.

Examples of leadership training opportunities include personal leadership coaching, traveling to meet women leaders, or specific training programs such as:

Selection Criteria

Three awards are given annually to women at various levels of experience: 

  • One $5,000 award to a woman 0 – 5 years out of training 
  • One $5,000 award to a woman 6 – 10 years out of training 
  • One $5,000 award to a woman more than 10 years out of training 

Applications that clearly describe how the grant will advance the leadership goals of the candidate and that include a clear action plan are given preference. 

Applicants must have completed training and be a current SVS Active or Candidate Member.

Application Requirements

  1. Demographic Information

    • Applicants must submit a complete online application providing demographic information such SVS member status, years out of training, professional appointment title, etc. 

  2. Describe/list your previous or current involvement in the following areas:

    • Committee Appointments in Professional Societies (maximum 250 words)

    • Leadership Accomplishments (maximum 250 words)

    • Mentorship Involvement (maximum 250 words)

    • Community Service (maximum 250 words)

  3. Statement of Intent

    • Provide a statement of intent (maximum 900 words) that indicates how you would use the award to advance personal leadership training and specific career goals. The statement should describe what you want to accomplish, not just how the grant will be used, as well as the overall benefit you wish to gain from the proposed activities. 

  4. Submit a curriculum vitae.

  5. Letters of Recommendation

    • Submit two letters of recommendation. One letter must be from the chief of division, chief of the department, or chief of staff. One letter from a SVS member (excluding those in training).

  6. Provide institution representative information for where award funds will be sent (if applicable). Please note if grant funds are sent directly to the grant recipient it is considered taxable income and will result in the issue of a 1099.

Application Deadline

  • Applications and related materials must be submitted online - deadline March 1
  • In order to be considered for the grant all applications must be complete
  • All applicants will be notified by early April regarding their application status

For questions, call 800-258-7188 or email studentresident@vascularsociety.org

Recipient’s Report to Committee

Within twelve months of completing the Women's Leadership Training Grant program, the recipient will prepare and forward a report to the SVS Leadership Development and Diversity Committee. The report should be one to two double-spaced typewritten pages and should summarize activities during the leadership training period. Although factual statements of activities should be included, recipients are encouraged to place these within an overall context of the impact on professional and personal development.

Any publication of the leadership training activities should acknowledge W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. and the SVS Leadership Development and Diversity Committee.

Past Award Winners

2015
S. Marlene Grenon, MDCM
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 

Melissa L. Kirkwood, MD
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX

Angela A. Kokkosis, MD
Stony Brook University Medical Center
Stony Brook, NY

2014
Manju Kalra, MBBS
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

Caron Rockman, MD
New York University Medical Center
New York, New York

Ulka Sachdev, MD
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2013
Bernadette Aulivola, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Attending Surgeon
Loyola University Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Leila Mureebe, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Duke University Medical Center
Chief, Vascular Service
Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center
Durham, NC

Jean E. Starr, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Director of Endovascular Services
Associate Program Director
The Ohio State University Medical Center
Columbus, OH

2012
Ruth L. Bush, MD, MPH
Associate Dean for Education, Texas A & M College of Medicine, Temple Campus
Senior Vice-President for Education, Scott & White Hospital
Temple, TX  

Katherine A. Gallagher, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Erica L. Mitchell, MD
Associate Professor Surgery
Program Director, Vascular Surgery
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR

2011
Audra A. Duncan, MD 
Assistant Professor of Surgery 
Program Director for the Vascular Surgery Fellowship and Residency Program
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Rochester, Minnesota 

Robyn A. Macsata, MD
Chief of Vascular Surgery
Veterans Affairs Medical Center 
Washington, D.C. 

2010
Melina R. Kibbe, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Northwestern University
676 N St. Clair Street, #650
Chicago, IL 60611

Read a report [PDF] of Dr. Kibbe's experiences as the 2010 SVS Women's Leadership Training Award recipient.

2008
Amy B. Reed, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Vascular Surgery
University of Cincinnati
College of Medicine
Cincinnati, OH

Read a report [PDF] of Dr. Reed's experiences as the 2008 SVS Women's Leadership Training Award recipient.

2007
Kellie R. Brown, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of Vascular Surgery
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI