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