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Formerly Named in Honor of Lawson Wilkins

International Scholars Program

Call for Applications for PES International Scholar Award
International Scholar: APPLICATION DEADLINE August 31, 2020

Do you know a young pediatrician or pediatric endocrinologist in a resource limited country who would like to gain experience or specific skills in your clinic or lab? Are you interested in hosting such a person at your institution?

The PES is now accepting applications for the PES International Scholar Award. PES will award two (2) scholarships: one for the applicants from Central America and The Caribbean and the other for the applicants from the rest of the world.

The award is designed to allow for pediatric colleagues interested in endocrinology from foreign countries to visit and work in the clinics and laboratories of PES members and to attend the PES annual meeting, with a particular goal of helping younger colleagues and individuals from countries with disadvantaged economies.

The deadline for applications is August 31, 2020 for 2021 awards for the applicant to be in North America in the spring of 2021.
The Pediatric Endocrine Society is committed to improving the care of children with endocrine conditions worldwide. One means to accomplish this objective is to make it possible for colleagues from countries outside North America to visit and work in the clinics and laboratories of PES members and to attend the PES annual meeting. While some colleagues from foreign countries are able to make such visits, visitors to pediatric endocrine units in North America are frequently senior members of pediatric endocrine groups and often come from economically advantaged countries. Few opportunities for such visits are afforded to younger colleagues or to individuals from countries with limited economic resources. The PES International Scholars Program is intended, in so far as possible, to address this problem.

Objectives Of The Program:

Basic tenets of the PES International Scholars Program are that foreign applicants eligible for the awards will be identified by PES members and the applicant and the PES member will prepare the application jointly; if the applicant receives the award, the PES member will serve as host for the awardee while he/she is in North America. The host and the awardee will define the awardee's educational goals for the visit and will devise a program for attaining these goals. The goals might include observation in the host's clinics, opportunities for library research and for preparation of manuscripts, acquisition of techniques used in the host's laboratory, and development of long-term collaborative projects between the awardee and the host. For potential applicants who do not have a specific sponsor, the Program will attempt to assist in identifying potential interested sponsors.

In addition to the visit in the host's endocrine unit, the awardee will attend the annual meeting of the PES, whenever logistically possible. It will be optimal, therefore, for the time spent by the awardee in the host's endocrine unit to coincide with the PES meeting. It is intended that the awardee be present in North America for at least 4 weeks, but for no more than 3 months. The 4 week minimum will allow sufficient time for the awardee to have a meaningful visit in the host's unit, considering that the awardee will also be expected to spend up to 1 week at the annual meeting of the PES and, if desired, at the joint meetings of the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS), the American Pediatric Society (APS), the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR), and the Ambulatory Pediatric Association (APA). The 3 month maximum period is selected to avoid giving the awards to individuals who are residing in the USA or Canada, who are receiving salaries from North American institutions, or who are on prolonged sabbatical leave from their home countries. Reports on the visit, from the applicant and the sponsor, will be submitted to the scholarship committee after the visit.

Amount of the Award:

Each award will have a value of $4,500 (U.S. Funds) for a 3 month visit, prorated for shorter visits---$3,000 for 2 month stay; $1,500 for 1 month stay to cover her/his subsistence. The travel expenses from the home country to North America for each scholar are covered separately. The host will be expected to provide any additional support that is needed, facilitating the travel/hotel arrangements for the annual meeting.

Qualifications of the Award Recipient:

The principal intended recipients of these awards are young physicians involved in the care of children with endocrine disorders or are pediatric endocrine researchers who reside in countries with limited economic resources, have completed their training, are in the early stages of their academic career, and who have never had a professional opportunity in North America. Applicants from all countries will be considered, but strong preference will be given to applicants with the following qualifications:

  1. The preferred applicants should reside and work in nations with limited health education resources. Such countries include those in Eastern Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. Applications from individuals who reside in an industrialized nation with a healthy economy will be given lower priority.
  2. The applicant should have an MD or PhD degree, have completed formal training, and have active interest in the field of pediatric endocrinology. PhDs who are engaged in research are eligible, if the relevance of their research to pediatric endocrinology can be documented.
  3. Preference will be given to applicants under the age of 45 at the time of the annual PES meeting he/she is to attend. This criterion will not be used to rigidly exclude older physicians who have not had the chance to interact with North American colleagues, and whose visit is expected to be highly valuable for the awardees unit.
  4. Preference will be given to academically promising junior or mid-level faculty in a medical school, research institute or equivalent facility. This will help assure that the award is given to academicians, and will exclude persons who are involved only in private practice or are government functionaries.
  5. The applicant should understand and speak English.
  6. The applicant must be able to provide a letter of recommendation from his/her supervisor.
  7. The applicant must have a US or Canadian sponsor who is a member in good standing of the PES (dues paid and a regular participant in the society). The sponsor must serve as the host for the applicant should she/he receive an award. One PES member institution cannot apply for more than one applicant per year. The sponsor/host:
    • Identifies suitable applicants
    • Helps define the applicant's goals for the visit
    • Assists in preparing the application
    • Works with the awardee in making arrangements for the visit (travel, visa, etc)
    • Provides all additional support needed by the awardee, above that included in the award
    • Assures that the experiences of the awardee in the host's endocrine unit are profitable
    • Serves as the host for the awardee at the PES Annual Meeting, ensuring that the awardee has opportunities to interact with PES members

To submit application and for additional information please contact:

Jadranka Popovic MD
Chair-elect International Relations Council
Chair International Scholars Program Committee
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatric Alliance 
Allegheny Health Network
1789 South Braddock Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206, USA
Phone: 412-371-3000
Fax: 412-371-8128
E-mail: jadranka_popovic@yahoo.com

Past Recipients:

Past Recipients by Country

2019:

Dr. Varuna Vyas, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Sponsor: Dr. Ram Menon at Michigan University

2018

Dr. Samar Hassan, Jafar Ibn Auf Paediatric Hospital, Sudan
Sponsor: Dr. Philip Zeitler, Children's Hospital of Colorado

2017

Dr. Subhana Karki, ational Academy of Medical Sciences, Kanti Children’s Hospital
Sponsor: Dr. Holley Allen, Baystate Children's Hospital, Springfield, MA

2016

Dr. Subhana Karki, Kanti Children's Hospital, Kathmandu Nepal
Sponsor: Dr. Holley Allen, Baystate Children's Hospital, Springfield, MA
Dr. Sigrid Marichal, Centro Habana Children's Hospital, Havana, Cuba
Sponsor: Dr. Ricardo Gomez, Louisiana State University, Children's Hospital, New Orleans, LA

2015

Dr. Emmanuel Ameyaw, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Ghana
North America Sponsor: Dr. Jean-Pierre Chanoine, British Columbia Children's Hospital, Vancouver, Canada

2014

Dr. Rajesh Joshi, BJ Wadia Hospital for Children, Mumbai, India,
North America Sponsor: Dr. Ram Menon, CS Mott Children's Hospital, University of Michigan

2013

Dr. Marija Pozgaj-Sepec, Zagreb, Croatia
North America Sponsor: Dr. Jadranka Popovic, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

2011

Tania Espinosa-Reyes, MD - Instituto Nacional de Endocrinología, La Habana, Cuba.
Mentors: Oscar Escobar & Dorothy Becker, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, PA

2010

Henry Marcano, MD - Caracas, Venezuela.
Mentor: Silva Arslanian, MD, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

2009

Mónica Marcela Molina-Paredes, MD - Universidades Católica, Santiago y De La Frontera, Temuco, CHILE.
Mentor: Stuart A. Chalew, MD, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, LA.
Marisela Medina, MD - Caracas, Venezuela.
Mentor: Nelly Mauras, Nemours Children's Hospital, Jacksonville, FL

Shadab Sadehpour, Children's Hospital of Tehran, Iran.
Mentor: Robert Rosenfield, MD, University Of Chicago. Chicago, IL.

2008

Alvaro Aguirre-Villafan, MD Universidad San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca - Bolivia
North American Sponsor: Silva Arslanian, MD Children's Hospital and University of Pittsburgh, PA
Dr. Vandana Jain, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India.;
North American Sponsor: Ram K. Menon, MD University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Marisela Medina, MD Sponsored by Roberto Lanes, MD Caracas, Venezuela
North American Sponsor: Nelly Mauras, MD Nemours Children's Clinic and Mayo Medical School, Jacksonville, Florida.


2007

María Fernanda Macedo-Paulino, MD - Universidade Federale de Campiñas, Brasil.
Mentor: Alfonso Vargas, MD, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center & Children's Hospital, New Orleans, LA

Hamilton Cabral De Meneses, Filho, MD - University of Sao Paulo, Brasil.
Mentor: Michael Levine, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH.

Borjana Bukara, MD - Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Mentor: Stuart Chalew, MD, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at Children's Hospital, New Orleans, LA (Approved in 2005).


2004

Mira Samardzic, Podgorica, Montenegro
North American Sponsor: Dr Jadranka Popovic, Children's Mercy Hospital, University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO

Aria Stoodeh, MD. Tehran Unversity of medical Sciences. Tehran, Iran.
Mentor: Stuart Chalew, MD, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at Children's Hospital, New Orleans, LA


2003

Dr. Ivana Unic, Split, Croatia
North American Sponsor: Dr Jadranka Popovic, Children's Mercy Hospital, University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO


2002

Raphael Del Roio Liberatore Junior, MD -  Sao Jose do Rio Preto Medical School. Sao Jose do Rio Preto , Brasil.
Mentor: Dennis Daneman, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada.

Alvaro Arango, MD - Medellín Colombia. Bolivariana Pontificia University.
Mentor: Marco Danon, Miami Children's Hospital. Miami, FL.

2001

Miguel A. Alvarez-Gonzales, PhD., Havana Cuba.
Mentor: Guy Van Vliet, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Regino Pineiro, MD. Havana, Cuba.
Mentor: Dorothy Becker, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, PA.

Natalya Kalintchenko, MD - Endocrinological Research Center, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. Moscow, Russia.
Mentor: Michael Levine, Johns Hopkins, Children's Center, Baltimore, MD

2000

María Cecilia García-Rudaz, MD - Centro de Investigaciones Endocrinológicas - C.E.D.I.E., Buenos Aires Argentina.
Mentor: Ron Rosenfeld, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland OR.
Gabriela Finkielstein, MD - Hospital General de Niños "Ricardo Gutiérrez", Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Mentor: Saul Malozowski, MD, National Institute of Health, Bethesda MD.

Leticia Martínez, MD - Universidad Metropolitana, Barranquilla Colombia.
Mentor: Stuart A. Chalew, MD, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, LA.

1999

Daniela C. Rogoff, MD - Hospital General de Niños "Ricardo Gutiérrez". Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Mentor: Celso Gomez-Sánchez. University of Missouri, Columbia MO.

Jozsef Kovacs, MD - Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Medical University, Szeged, Hungary. Mentor: Scott A Rivkees, MD, Yale University School of Medicine, New Heaven CT.

1998

María de la Luz Ruiz Reyes, MD - Instituto Nacional de Pediatría, México DF, México.
Mentor: Alfonso Vargas, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, LA.


1997

Manuel Vera-Gonzales, MD - Instituto Nacional de Endocrinología, Havana Cuba.
Mentor: Arlan Rosenbloom, MD, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Andrea Dardis, Ph.D. - Hospital de Pediatría "J.P. Garran", Buenos Aires Argentina. Mentor: Walter L. Miller, University of California, San Francisco, CA.

Niedziela Marek, PhD. University of medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland.
Mentor: Michael S. Kappy, University of Colorado, Denver CO.

1996

Carla Demeterco-Nogara, MD - Universidad Federal de Paraná, Curitiba, Brasil.
Mentor: Alberto Hayek, The Whittier Institute for Diabetes research UCSD, La Jolla, CA.

Svetlana Ten, MD, Ph.D. - Republican Endocrinological Department at 3rd Children's Hospital. Minsk, Belarus.
Mentors: Marco Danon, MD & Fima Lifshitz, MD, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY.

 Maja Konstantinova, MD - University Children's Hospital, Endocrinology and Diabetes Clinic. Sofia, Bulgaria.
Mentor: Stuart Brink, MD, NEDEC, Waltham, MA.

1995

Ricardo Silva, MD - Hospital Roberto del Rio, Santiago Chile.
Mentor: Stuart Chalew, MD University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.

María Isabel Rojas-Gabulli, MD - Instituto de Salud del Nino, Lima Perú.
Mentors: Marco Danon & Fima Lifshitz, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY.

Robertas Kemezys, Institute of Endocrinology, Kaunas Medical Academy, Kaunas, Lithuania.
Mentor: Howard E. Kulin, MD, The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA.

1994

Hamilton Cassinelli, MD - Hospital de Niños "Ricardo Gutierrez", Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Mentors: Julio Santiago and Michael Whyte, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Alexander Kurtev MD; Sofia Bulgaria, North America
Mentor: Arlan Rosenbloom, MD, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
Vera Sokolovskaya, MD; Moscow Russia North America
Mentor: Arlan Rosenbloom, University of FL

Vijaya Senoy, Manipal India.
Mentor: Jayashree Rao, MD, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, LA.

1993

Hernán García, MD - Universidad de Chile.
Mentor: Fernando Cassorla, MD, NIH, Bethesda MD.

Ana Lucia Martínez, MD - Ecuador.
Mentor: Arlan Rosenbloom, MD, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Maria Ginalska-Malinowska, MD - Children's Health Center. Warszawa, Poland. Mentor: Phyllis Speizser/ Perrin White, The New York Hospital. Cornell Medical Center. New York, NY.

Anatoly Tiul'Pakov, MD - Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. Moscow, Russia. Mentor: Melvin M. Grumbach, University of California, San Francisco, CA.

Nihal Wahby, MD - Cairo,  Egypt.
Mentor: Felix A, Comte, University of California San Francisco.

Chittiwat Suprasongsin, Ramathibodi Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand.
Mentor: Dorothy Becker, MD, Children's Hospital of Pittsburg. Pittsburg, PA.
Feyza Darendeliler, MD - Istanbul Faculty of Medicine.
Mentor: John Kirkland, MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.

1992

Ofelia Vélez, MD - Hospital "Casa del Nino" Universidad Libre, Cali, Colombia.
Mentor: Marco Danon, MD, Harvard University, Boston, MA.

Mauricio Coll, MD - Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia.
Mentor: Alfonso Vargas, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, LA.