Pellegrino Student Scholar Initiative Call for Applications

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Call for Applications
The Pellegrino Student Scholar Initiative (Fall 2019)

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the late Edmund Pellegrino’s birthday, the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics (PCCB) will launch the Pellegrino Student Scholars Program. Georgetown students who apply and are selected for the Fall semester of 2019 will attend interdisciplinary seminars, work with PCCB faculty members, and produce an essay on a topic of the student’s choosing related to Pellegrino’s work.

Student scholars will attend and receive special recognition at the Centennial Pellegrino Symposium. The Symposium, to be held of March 5 & 6, 2020, will focus on the legacy of Dr. Pellegrino’s pivotal contributions to the field of bioethics, the influence of his work on contemporary professional practice, and the undoubted impact his work will have on future generations.

PCCB faculty will select a limited number of participants from current Georgetown medical students, graduate nursing students, and graduate students in related fields. Applications must be received by Friday, September 6, 2019.

Completion of this program will require attendance at four, one hour-long luncheon meetings with faculty members of the PCCB over the fall semester and individually scheduled meetings with PCCB faculty advisors. Each student will write an essay focused on their area of interest based on the scholarship of Dr. Pellegrino to be completed by January 31, 2020. The best essay, to be selected by the faculty of the Pellegrino Center, will be presented at the Pellegrino Symposium on March 6, 2020. This essay may qualify for submission to other essay contests such as the Academy of Medicine of Washington, DC’s Bioethics Essay Contest and the William B. Bean Student Research Award. In addition, students’ essays will qualify them to be considered for the Pellegrino Bioethics Award that is awarded to a graduating senior with distinguished work in bioethics.

Applicants must send a short letter of interest/intent and résumé to by September 6, 2019.


The 8th World Congress of Clinical Safety “Call for Abstracts” is now available

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The 8th World Congress of Clinical Safety (8WCCS)
Theme: Patient Safety Promotion by Multi-Occupation
Date: 2 (Wen) – 4 (Sat) October 2019
Place: Grand Majestic Plaza hotel, Prague, Czech Republic

The deadline of abstract submission:  till 31 May 2019.

“Congress registration”
(Presenter whose abstract is accepted)
From 1 May 2019 to 30 June 2019
(Audience without a visa for Czech)
From 1 May 2019 to 10 Sep 2019
(Audience requested a visa for Czech)
From 1 May 2019 to 15 July 2019


Summer Opportunity: First Year Medical Student Wilderness Medicine Class

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First Year Medical Student Wilderness Medicine Class

Early Bird Discount of $150 good through April 30


What: A week long wilderness medicine class designed for first year medical students (though open to any med students or health care professionals).  Learn wilderness and austere medicine skills in a real-world tropical jungle environment, taught by University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty.  Earn optional Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) certification.  Participate in authentic wilderness adventure activities such as whitewater rafting, zip lining, night hikes, natural history tours, and optional surfing/surfing lessons to Includes in country transportation, instruction, tuition, supplies, accommodations, meals, and adventure activities.  No experience necessary.


When: June 18-24 or June 24-30, 2019


Where: Hacienda Baru and surrounding areas, on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica.  Hacienda Baru ( is a small, rustic eco-lodge with its own Pacific Beach, jungle trails, zip line, cabins, restaurant/bar, and pool.   


Why: Get out of the lecture hall and practice hands-on clinical skills.  Enhance leadership, teamwork, assessment, and patient care.  Learn real world medical skills and concepts in a fun and collegial atmosphere, develop outdoor expertise, and experience a beautiful wilderness environment.  Earn optional AWLS certification.  Sample of skills learned: Leadership and teamwork, improvised litters, spine clearance, dislocation reductions and field splinting, hypo-wraps, survival, water procurement, search and rescue, rafting techniques, swift water rescue, etc.


How:  Cost of $1675 ($1875 with AWLS certification).  We are offering a $150 “early-bird” discount available through April 30 (use code “Class of 2022”).  To learn more or to register please go to e-mail Dr. Todd Miner, Director of Education, at


AATS International Thoracic Surgical Oncology Summit

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The AATS would like to inform you of the upcoming AATS International Thoracic Surgical Oncology Summit taking place October 12-13, 2018 in New York, New York. This multidisciplinary meeting offers un unparalleled educational content, which focuses on new technologies to stage and treat cancers of the lung, esophagus, mediastinum and pleura, as well as the latest biological and immunologic therapies. Thoracic surgical oncologists will learn about novel minimally-invasive approaches and how to employ them in their practices through a variety of interactive and informative presentations including peer-reviewed abstracts, invited lectures from experts around the world, dynamic debates, and “How I Do It” videos from master surgeons.

The Summit will also include a breakfast session, “Best Breakfast of Your Life: Tips for Getting Your First Job”, focused on finding a first or next job in thoracic surgery. Senior and recent faculty members will share first-hand experiences and advice on the best networking practices, issues to consider when searching for a “dream job” in both academic and private practice settings. Following a panel presentation, there will be a round table discussion with selected faculty, who will share their own experiences and guidance. This is a unique opportunity for surgeons in all stages of their career, discuss the wide array of options and receive guidance on making a pivotal decision in their professional career.

Along with primary education programming, leading industry partners will be hosting engaging symposia throughout the course of the meeting. There will also be hands on workshops during Surgical Suite sessions taking place on both Friday and Saturday. Space is limited in these sessions. We encourage all to register soon to make the most out of their experience in New York.

The AATS is offering residents, fellows and medical students with a reduced registration fee of $99 before September 30h, after which, the fee will increase to $150.

We ask that you please share these valuable opportunities your colleagues at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Attached is a preliminary program with additional details. If you would like us to mail you copies for distribution, please let us know.

To register and view the preliminary program, please visit

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for Physicians. The AATS designates this live activity for 15.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. This Summit is also an acceptable course toward fulfilling ABTS MOC Part II requirements. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Please reach out with any questions you may have.



David R. Jones, MD                 David J. Sugarbaker, MD (posthumously)

Program Director                         Program Director

Charlotte LeTourneau

Associate Meeting Manager, AATS


American Association for Thoracic Surgery

800 Cummings Center, Suite 350-V

Beverly, MA 01915

Telephone: (978) 252-2200, Ext. 518

Fax: (978) 522-8469



AATS Clinical Trials Methods Course

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Register for the AATS Clinical Trials Course Before September 26th and Save $100

Don’t wait to register for the informative AATS Clinical Trials Methods Course, taking place on October 25-27, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Chicago, IL. Attendance is limited to 40 participants and you can save $100 by registering before September 26.

Here’s what past participants had to say about this unique course:

Great discussion using actual real-life examples.

 This was a fantastic course. The workgroups were by far the best part of the conference.

 As fledgling researchers, it was great to hear from one of the giants who managed to be an active surgeon and still contribute in a meaningful way to the literature.

See what the clinical trial experts will be discussing regarding design, regulations and implementation by viewing the Preliminary Program and register today to take advantage of the early bird discount.

The 2018 AATS Clinical Trials Methods Course has been rated compliant with the MedTech Europe Code of Ethical Business Practice.


Program Directors:
David H. Harpole, Jr., MD
Marco A. Zenati, MD

American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)
800 Cummings Center, Suite 350-V
Beverly, MA 01915
Tel: 978-252-2200 | Fax: 978-522-8469

Early Bird Registration Opens for 9th Annual Ruesch Center Symposium: Innovations in GI Cancer

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The 9th Annual Ruesch Center Symposium
November 30 – December 1, 2018
The Ruesch Center will hold its ninth annual symposium divided into three parts. The theme of “Innovations in GI Cancer” will provide a unique forum for discussions on current treatment approaches, cutting-edge research and the pipeline of promising new therapies in GI cancers.
Early Bird Registration is now open!!

Open Program Officer Position at The Commonwealth Fund

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(based in New York City)

The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health
care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for
society’s most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans,
young children, and elderly adults. The Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent
research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy. An
international program in health policy is designed to stimulate innovative policies and practices
in the United States and other industrialized countries. The Fund has an endowment of $750
million, and an annual budget of $35 million.