COUR International Educational Scholars Program
The POSNA-COUR International Scholar Program was initiated in 2007 to provide educational opportunities for emerging leaders who treat children with orthopaedic conditions in resource challenged environments worldwide. Financial support is available each year for 4-6 orthopaedic surgeons to attend either the POSNA Annual Meeting or the International Pediatric Orthopaedics Symposium (IPOS). The scholars also visit selected centers for observerships during their trip.
Scholar Applicant Eligibility
Be a practicing orthopaedic surgeon in an underserved region
Be directly involved in the care of children with orthopedic problems
Have a need for financial support
Identify a sponsoring POSNA member
Agree to complete a feedback form regarding his/ her experience as a COUR scholar
Not have received a POSNA COUR fellowship in the past 5 years
Submit completed application, photo, personal accomplishments, essay, sponsor form and (2) recommendation forms by the
October 18 deadline. Have Visitor VISA for USA well ahead of time. POSNA will not book air flight until documentation of visa is receive.
Coordinate for post meeting observership with POSNA sponsor.
Coordinate travel plan/hotel for POSNA or IPOS meeting with POSNA office staff. Applicant is responsible for covering all expenses above that of the scholarship amount (Maximum US $2,500).
For scholars attending the POSNA annual meeting, present interesting cases or topic of interest for discussion / advise for small group discussion session at the COUR Symposium (Thursday afternoon).
Complete post scholarship evaluation within two months of attending the POSNA/IPOS meeting to POSNA office. Certificate will be sent once evaluation form is received.
Request for POSNA members to submit nomination for potential scholars
Deadline for completed application from applicant and sponsor
Sponsor and applicant are notified of decision.
Scholars must confirm travel dates for the meeting for which they are selected.
POSNA staff will help arrange air travel and lodging reservations for the duration of the annual meeting for the International Scholars. Reservations for IPOS meeting will be completed later in the year.
Completed evaluations from the scholar and sponsor are due 2 months after the meeting is completed.