Scholarship Programs


Visiting Scholar Program

The Visiting Scholar Program supports the training of plastic surgery residents, and other specialists in training, from low-income communities who have demonstrated interest in serving their communities’ needs for specialty care. Travel expenses and course fees may be covered. The Program is available to:

– plastic surgery residents, craniofacial residents or residents or other specialists in related fields from low income countries,

– who wish to participate in training related to their specialties, such as hands-on training opportunities or training courses.

For instance, residents from different parts of Mexico have travelled to Tijuana for intensive, hands-on surgical training during our surgical “jornadas’ (work days) and at other hospitals in the area. These Visiting Scholars have the opportunity to collaborate with U.S. residents on the ConnectMed team, and to experience –and hopefully feel inspired by – cross-border medical teamwork that benefits those who would otherwise not have access to specialty care.

For information on eligibility for and financial support available through this Program, please email Executive Director Rita Albert at

The ConnectMed Research Scholarship Award supports significant research in any of the multidisciplinary specialties involved in the treatment and care of congenital or acquired deformities or traumatic injuries. We support applicants with demonstrable financial need and interest in providing care to the needy in their communities.
This award provides funds to support:

– an applicant from a low or middle income country

– in presenting original research at a scientific conference, and if applicable, publishing this research in a scientific journal.

The applicant must be medical student, graduate student, post-graduate physician in training actively enrolled in a training program, or a physician or allied health professional with an active license.

The research must relate to ConnectMed’s goals of furthering multidisciplinary, sustainable surgical care for the treatment of deformities or traumatic injuries.

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For information on  the Research Scholarship Award, please email Executive Director Rita Albert at

International Fellowship Program

The International Fellowship supports plastic surgeons native to and practicing in underserved communities who wish to acquire intensive hands-on surgical training not otherwise available to them. The training will benefit not only local patients but also strengthen the community’s healthcare system because the Fellowship Recipients will train others in their communities and build up local programs.

Travel and living expenses may be covered and a stipend may be provided.

International Fellowship applicants must be:

– plastic surgeons, craniofacial surgeons or surgeons in related fields from low income counties

– who seek a minimum of 6 months of hands-on surgical training at our international partner sites, such as those in Mexico City.

For information on eligibility for and financial support available through this Program, please email Executive Director Rita Albert at