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Women in Thoracic Surgery (WTS) was founded in 1986 with a mission to enhance the quality of medical care given to patients of its members, to mentor young women thoracic surgeons, to enhance the education of patients about heart and lung diseases and to enhance educational opportunities for women thoracic surgeons. In keeping with this mission WTS offers scholarship and awards to eligible applicants:  

The WTS Scholarship Program provides an opportunity to attend The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Annual Meeting. Women medical students training at an accredited institution and resident physicians training in an accredited cardiothoracic or general surgery residency program are eligible to apply. Please note that previous recipients of a WTS Scholarship or an STS Looking to the Future Scholarship are ineligible, though previous applicants are encouraged to apply.


The WTS Brigid Scanlan Traveling Mentorship Award is made possible by Scanlan International, Inc. and provides support for women medical students and general surgery residents to gain exposure to women cardiothoracic surgeon mentors by visiting a WTS member for an elective period.

The WTS Carpenter Scholarship is an award named for Dr. A.J. Carpenter, 63rd President of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Assocation (STSA), former President and long-time leader of WTS. This award was conceived to allow young women in medical school or surgical training the opportunity to attend the STSA Annual Meeting, and to be mentored throughout the meeting by a WTS/STSA member. Women medical students, general surgery residents and cardiothoracic surgery residents enrolled at a ACGME-accredited institution in the U.S. are eligible to apply. Applicants will need to submit a letter of recommendation from an active STSA member. Previous recipients of a WTS Scholarship to attend the STS Annual Meeting or an STS Looking to the Future Scholarship are ineligible.


Click here to register now and apply for a WTS scholarship or award.