ACP's 2017-2018 International Fellowship Exchange Program (IFEP) provided the opportunity to six early to mid-career physicians from outside the United States and Canada to gain expertise in a focused area relating to the prevention, diagnosis, and/or management of a clinical problem affecting Internal Medicine and the subspecialties. Through observation, mentorship, and study of work of senior faculty physicians, fellows were funded to acquire knowledge, experience, and skills that they can apply, utilize, and disseminate to colleagues upon return to their home country. Fellowships were observational and lasted approximately four weeks.
The 2017-2018 IFEP Awardees were:
Chandra Bala, MBBS – Bangladesh
Interest/Focus: Geriatric Medicine
Host: University of Alberta
Claudia P. Cortes, MD – Chile
Interest/Focus: Infections in Lung Transplants; Lung Transplant in HIV Patients
Host: Toronto General Hospital
Hanna Kim, MD – Brazil
Interest/Focus: Palliative Care in Oncology
Host: MD Anderson Care Center
Ana Cristina Montenegro, MD, FACP – Colombia
Interest/Focus: Vascular Medicine
Host: Jefferson University Hospital
Chonnavee Jatchavala, MD – Thailand
Interest/Focus: GI Disease
Host: Mayo Clinic
Chitchai Rattananukrom, MD – Thailand
Host: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 program. Information can be found on ACP's website.
Awardees for 2017-2018 attended the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. They are pictured below receiving a plaque at the International Reception.
From left: Ana Cristina Montenegro, MD (Colombia), Chandra Shakhar Bala, MD (Bangladesh), ACP Immediate Past President Jack Ende, MD, MACP, Claudia Cortes (Chile), and Hannah Kim, MD (Brazil).