Scholarship Overview

The Summer Intern Scholarship program was established in 2007 to introduce the field of cardiothoracic surgery to first and second year medical students in a North American medical school with the goal of broadening their educational experience by providing an opportunity to spend eight weeks during the summer (June thru September) working in an AATS member's, cardiothoracic surgery department. The Scholarship is partially funded by Scanlan International Inc. and the AATS Foundation. It provides a grant of $2,500 to the successful applicants for their living expenses during the eight weeks of training at the selected host institution. Additionally, successful applicants receive complimentary registration to the 98th AATS Annual Meeting taking place April 28th - May 1st in San Diego, CA. 

Mentors of successful applicants will be expected to provide updates to the AATS Council on the students' career paths.

Candidates who would like to identify a potential AATS Member sponsor in their area please visit the Membership directory by clicking here.

Scholarship Application Guidelines

  • Candidates must be a first or second year medical student as of January 2, 2017.

  • Letter of support/approval must be provided by the host sponsor who must be a member of the AATS.

  • The period of study must take place in the institution of the host sponsor.

  • The application must include a one-page outline of what the candidate hopes to accomplish during their eight week scholarship. The outline must not exceed one page, and should specifically state the proposed exposure to cardiothoracic surgery to be undertaken by the student, which must include some aspect of both laboratory and clinical experience.

  • No more than two students from a single institution may be awarded the scholarships. In the instances where two students from the same institution are selected, each must have a unique host sponsor.

  • If selected, award recipients must agree to submit a summary report and evaluation of their experience to the association within sixty days after completion of the internship.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The deadline has passed.