North American International GI Training Grant Award

2019 North American International GI Training Grant Award

The North American International GI Training Grant provides partial financial support to U.S. and Canadian GI Fellows in training or GI Physicians who have completed their training within the last 5 years, to receive clinical or clinical research training or education in Gastroenterology and Hepatology outside of North America. The funding is provided so that an individual can acquire or develop new cognitive knowledge or a technical skill. This newly acquired knowledge or skill would then be used to improve patient care in the applicant’s geographic area.

The amount of the grant will not exceed $10,000, and is to be used for travel to and from the training center and to the ACG Annual Meeting as well as for incidental expenses related to the training. A travel grant may or may not be awarded in any given year.


GI Fellows in training who are enrolled in an accredited gastroenterology fellowship program or GI Physicians who completed their training within the last 5 years, and are citizens of the United States or Canada, are eligible to apply together with his/her training institution. The training must take place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.


Applicants must submit a completed application form, a personal statement that summarizes the reasons and objectives of additional training, a curriculum vitae, copies of all published articles and abstracts within the last five years, and a completed application form from the host training center. Three letters of recommendation are also required — one from the training preceptor/director; one from an ACG Fellow; and another from a person of your choosing.

Applicants are responsible for selecting a host training center who will voluntarily agree to participate in the program. The host training center must be able to accomplish the training goals and must complete the host training center application. ACG is not be responsible for any additional financial obligation to the preceptor of the GI training program.

The North American International GI Training Grant of the College must be mentioned in any publication(s) generated by the awardee and host training center through this program. At completion of the training, the awardee must submit a written summary (critique, educational experience) to ACG.

Application Forms

North American International GI Training Grant Application Form
Host Training Center Application Form

All applications must be submitted in PDF file format by email to Maria Susano at by March 29, 2019.

Review Process

The ACG International Relations Committee will select one awardee, subject to Board approval, based upon the applicant’s credentials, the merit of the proposed training by the selected host training center and the potential of enhancing the field of gastroenterology in the applicant’s home country.

Applicants will be notified after July 1, 2019 with funding to begin after July 2019. Questions regarding this program should be sent to Maria Susano at

Past Recipients of the North American International GI Training Grant:

Year Recipient Training Location Training Center/Area of Training
2017 Tracey G. Simon, MD Stockholm, Sweden Karolinska Institute
Impact of Statin Medication on HCV-related Fibrogenesis and Tumorigenesis
2016 Gene K. Ma, MD Tokyo, Japan Jikei University School of Medicine
Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD)
2015 Jennifer Yi-Jiun Pan, MD
About her experience
Melbourne, Australia University of Melbourne
Colorectal cancer
2014 Akwi W. Asombang, MD
About her experience
Lusaka, Zambia The Cancer Disease Hospital
Pancreatic cancer
2013 Ryan Law, MD
About his experience
Yokohama, Japan Showa Univ. Int’l Training Ctr. for Endoscopy
2012 Hamed Khalili, MD Stockholm, Sweden Karolinska Institute
IBD and risk factors
2011 Amit Bhatt, MD
About his experience
Mainz, Germany National Cancer Center
Endoscopic submucosal dissection
2010 Jenny Sauk, MD
About her experience
Tokyo, Japan Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
Confocal endomicroscopy
2009 Tonya Kaltenbach, MD
About her experience
Tokyo, Japan National Cancer Center Hospital
Endoscopic mucosal resection and submucosal dissesction
2008 Anna Marta Buchner, MD, PhD
About her experience
Mainz, Germany
Paris, France
University of Mainz
Mauna Kea Technology
Confocal imaging/endomicroscopy