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SSO/ESSO International Career Development Exchange


Through its partnership with ESSO, the American Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) provides every year a grant to an up-and-coming ESSO recognised surgical oncologist to attend the SSO Annual Symposium and then visit various pre-eminent Surgical Oncology institutions within the USA following the meeting. The visits allow the selected fellow to expand his/her expertise and to network with surgical oncologists both at SSO Annual Symposium and at the institutions he/she visits.

SSO Annual Cancer Symposium 2017 (15th to 18th March 2017) will offer the selected candidate  access to top minds and topical education. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to display and present an Abstract Poster in the Global Poster Section in the Exhibit Hall and attend the meeting between the SSO and ESSO.

Finally, the successful candidate will be entitled to 1 year of complimentary membership with SSO which includes a subscription to the Annals of Surgical Oncology.

Amount and duration

For the 2017 edition of this international programme, the SSO will provide $5,000 grant to the successful candidate to cover international airfare, lodging and airfare within the US for the duration of the exchange. The SSO will also provide a complimentary registration to SSO Annual Symposium.

The period of the program is two weeks, with no more than one week spent at any single institution. SSO will provide the successful applicant with a list of institutions to visit and act as an intermediary once the applicant has decided upon the institutions he/she would like to visit.

Application requirements

  • Applicants should complete the Application form  and provide it to ESSO along with a copy of their CV (in a single PDF document). Deadline for this is 21st October 2016.
  • Applicants should be 40 years old or younger
  • They should be members in good-standing of the European Society of Surgical Oncology.
  • They must be flluent in English (both writing and speaking)
  • Applicants cannot have previously attended more than one SSO Annual Meeting in the past 3 years

Within 30 days of the visit a detailed report is expected on the activities and experiences of the successful award recipient, both good and bad, explaining their goals before the visit and what they have accomplished. Report criteria will be provided prior to SSO Annual Symposium.