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Kim Ephgrave Visiting Professor Program- Call for Visiting Professors

Application deadline- February 16, 2020 

Kim Ephgrave, MD (1956-2012) was a beloved teacher, compassionate clinician, prolific scholar, and innovative administrator during her career. A general surgeon at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, she served in a number of administrative roles, including clerkship director and associate residency director for the department, and associate dean for student affairs and curriculum for the Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Ephgrave was devoted to high quality care for patients from all backgrounds. Countless former students and residents cited the centrality of her example of integrity, compassion, and intelligence in their own development as physicians.

The Kim Ephgrave Visiting Professor Program provides opportunities for institutions to host distinguished women surgeons as speakers. Preference will be given to those institutions in which women role models represent a significant minority of the department. The program is named in honor of Kim Ephgrave who served as AWS President from 2000 – 2001 and is funded by the generosity of our donors. Donate to the Kim Ephgrave Visiting Professor Program.

AWS Foundation Visiting Professors have an opportunity to share professional and personal experiences with department chairs, faculty, residents and students through grand rounds, walk rounds, lectures and research presentations and other arranged opportunities. 

The host site application process will open soon. The host site provides the platform for the experience by hosting the AWS Visiting Professor at a breakfast, luncheon, and/or dinner meetings and arranging for clinical and educational experiences. 

Learn more about Kim Ephgrave, MD                     Past Visiting Professors and Hosting Institutions

Visiting Professor (VP) Qualifications and Responsibilities:

  • Practicing surgeon member of the Association of Women Surgeons in good standing and in an active clinical practice in the United States or Canada.
  • Coordinate with the host institution to determine the optimal time for the visit.  Visits usually include lectures, discussion groups, patient evaluation, patient rounds and possibly operative procedures and take place over two days.
  • Interact professionally with local women surgical faculty, residents and medical students as a representative of the AWS and AWS Foundation (AWSF).
  • Share information about AWS and the AWSF at appropriate opportunities.
  • Work with the host institution to plan the visit including travel and accommodation reservations.
  • Submit an expense form with appropriate back-up receipts to the AWSF within 30 days after the visit.
  • Submit a report to the AWSF summarizing the visit within 30 days of the visit that includes information about the experience and thoughts on the process and the overall program.

Host Site Responsibilities:

  • Sponsor the VP program and coordinate a schedule for the two-day visit.
  • Provide opportunities for interaction between the VP and local women surgical faculty, residents, and students. (Options include: reception, breakfast, luncheon, grand rounds and surgery.)
  • Work with the VP to plan travel and accommodation reservations as well as other details of arrangements for the visit.
  • Arrange for appropriate privileges and policy compliance if clinical rounds or operative procedures involving the Visiting Professor are planned.
  • Submit a final report to AWSF summarizing its experience with this program within 30 days of hosting the AWS Visiting Professor.
  • Provide the VP an honorarium.

AWSF Responsibilities:

  • Selection of the Visiting Professor and the host site institution. The Visiting Professor will be selected within six weeks of the application deadline.
  • Provide reimbursement for travel and accommodations up to $ 2,500.

2020 applications are now closed.