Background: The James IV Association of Surgeons Inc. is a premier surgical organisation whose members include 100 outstanding surgeons form the English speaking world. Each year it bestows a Traveller’s Award on 2-4 young surgeons to enable them to travel to centres of their choice and help them develop professionally. I was fortunate to have been awarded one of the Fellowships in 2007, the 50th anniversary year of the founding of the Association.
Methods: I wrote to surgeons, some of whom are members of the James IV Association, in premier institutes in the United States of America and arranged to visit Texas Medical Centre, Houston, University of California, Irvine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes, Baltimore and Mayo Clinic, Rochester over a 6 week period. I also attended the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Association at New Orleans.
Results: The visit was probably the most enjoyable time I have had professionally since Medical School. I made professional and personal friends and broadened my outlook. Witnessing the functioning of some of the best centres in the world gave me confidence in own achievements. I received invitations to write articles, three of which have been accepted for publication. I have learnt new surgical and teaching techniques and have established research collaboration between Houston, Sapporo and Nottingham and have obtained a $40,000 grant to start work on novel nutrients.
Conclusions: I am grateful to the James IV Association of Surgeons for the honour bestowed upon me and feel that the Fellowship has helped me develop both personally and professionally.
Dileep N Lobo, MS, DM, FRCS
50th Anniversary Traveller and Associate Professor and Reader in Gastrointestinal Surgery,
Nottingham University Hospitals, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK
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