PAAO - Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology
 
 

 
Scholarships / Becas / Bolsas
 

Gillingham Pan-American Fellowship
Tim & Judith Sear Scholarship
Latin American/PAAO Pediatric Ophthalmology
     Fellowship at UT Southwestern

David & Julianna Pyott Retinal Research Fellowship
Specialty Training Scholarships (Becas de
      Perfeccionamiento de Residentes de America
      Latina y el Caribe)


ARVO Travel Awards
   - Pyott ARVO Travel Award
   - Johnson & Johnson ARVO Travel Award
   - Santen ARVO Travel Award
   - Allergan Latin American Research Incentive Award in Glaucoma
Visiting Professors Program
Basic Sciences Courses



The Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology
The mission of the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) is the prevention of blindness through lifelong education and cultural exchange among ophthalmologists in the Western Hemisphere..
The Pan-American Ophthalmological Foundation
The Pan-American Ophthalmological Foundation (PAOF) was founded 1959 by Dr. Brittain F. Payne, Dr. J. Wesley McKinney, Dr. James H. Allen, Dr. Algernon B. Reese, and Dr. A. Edward Maumenee of the United States to support the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) and its educational programs.

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Gillingham Pan-American Fellowship
NEW Application Deadline: September 15, 2011
Two fellowships in the amount of $10,000 each are offered to qualified Latin American candidates who have been accepted into an accredited training program in the United States and Canada. The applicant should be no more than 2 to 3 years out of his/her residency program. Candidates must be ECFMG certified. The candidate must be a member of the PAAO. Click here to submit your membership application online. Funding provided by Retina Research Foundation of Houston, Texas.
Please submit application materials electronically to info@paao.org. Acceptable file types are *.doc, *.pdf, *.jpg, *.xls, *.ppt. If you have any question, please contact the Administrative office (817-275-7553 or info@paao.org)
Application materials:
     1. Completed application form (download form below)
     2. Curriculum Vitae (CV), 2-3 pages
     3. Letter of interest
     4. Letter of recommendation
     5. Proof of application to an accredited fellowship program
     6. Proof of acceptance into an accredited fellowship program (due by February 1, 2012)
Click the link below for the 2012 Gillingham Pan-American Fellowship application form:
(download Word .DOC document here) (download Adobe PDF form here)
NEW Application Deadline: September 15, 2011
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Tim & Judith Sear Scholarship
NEW Application Deadline: September 15, 2011
Program Description:
One (1) scholarship in the amount of $4,000 is offered to Pan-American members. Candidates must be outstanding students who have presented papers or published during their training period. This scholarship recognizes potential future professors and leaders within the organization. The applicant should be a general ophthalmologist, no more than 2 to 3 years out of his/her residency program, and from Mexico, Central, or South America. The applicant must have been accepted to an accredited fellowship program in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America, or the Caribbean. Confirmation of acceptance into the program must be included with the application. Funding provided by Tim & Judith Sear for the advancement of education in ophthalmology throughout the world.

Click the link below for the 2012 Sear Scholarship application form:
(download Word .DOC document here) (download Adobe PDF form here)
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Latin American/PAAO Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship at UT Southwestern
Application Deadline: August 10, 2011
Program Description:
A one year hands-on pediatric ophthalmology fellowship is available for one qualified Latin American ophthalmologist through the PAAO in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas (website) and its affiliated Children’s Medical Center (website). The position will include the opportunity for direct patient medical and surgical interactions as well as the opportunity to participate in significant clinical research activities. The candidate must be a member of the PAAO. Click here to submit your membership application online.

Program Preceptors/Faculty:
          Full-time Faculty:          David Weakley MD, Serena Wang MD
          Community Faculty:      David Stager Sr. MD, George Beauchamp MD, David Stager Jr. MD;
                                               Cynthia Beauchamp MD
          Department Chair:        James McCulley MD FACS FRCOphth(UK)
Applicant Qualifications: The following qualifications for a successful candidate are as follows:

  1. General ophthalmologist, age 35 years or younger, from Mexico, Central or South America, or the Caribbean.
  2. Fluent in both written and spoken English. Candidates must have taken the TOEFL exam and submit their results with their application. Mandatory. Candidates will be interviewed by telephone to gauge their English abilities.
  3. Willing to commit for one or two years of training.
  4. Completion of a recognized ophthalmology residency in Latin America.
  5. Applicants with additional training in or those currently practicing pediatric ophthalmology and/or strabismus will be given preference.
  6. Established medical and surgical competence and good depth perception.
  7. Highly recommended by chairperson and training program director.
  8. Commitment to return to Latin America at conclusion of fellowship training program
  9. The candidate must be a member of the PAAO. Click here to submit your membership application online.

Medical licensure during program (only applicable to the selected candidate): Either (1) a physician in training license, if all necessary parts of USMLE has been passed, or (2) an Assistant Visiting Professor’s license if USMLE not taken and passed.
Compensation: Salary of approximately $54,000 per year plus fringe benefits will be provided.

Click the link below for the 2011 Latin American/PAAO Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship application form:
(download Word .DOC document here) (download Adobe PDF form here)

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2011 David & Julianna Pyott Pan-American Retinal Research Fellowship
2011 Application Deadline extended: August 15, 2011
NOTE: Applications MUST be submitted by email. Acceptable file formats include DOC, PDF, HTML, JPG.
Program Description: One fellowship in the amount of $20,000 per annum is offered every two years for a fully-qualified Ophthalmologist from a Latin American country outside Brazil and Mexico, to spend 2 years at the University of California, Irvine, Department of Ophthalmology as an international retina fellow participating in research and clinical work under the supervision of Dr. Baruch Kuppermann, Professor Ophthalmology. Applicants should have completed a residency in Ophthalmology, speak fluent conversational English, and be interested in a career in Retina.

Program Preceptors/Faculty:
          Program Director:          Baruch Kupperman MD
Applicant Qualifications: The following qualifications for a successful candidate are as follows:

  1. General ophthalmologist, no more than 2 or 3 years out of his/her residency training program, from Central or South America (outside Mexico and Brazil), or the Caribbean.
  2. Fluent in both written and spoken English.
  3. Willing to commit for two years of training.
  4. Completion of a recognized ophthalmology residency in Latin America.
  5. Established medical and surgical competence.
  6. Highly recommended by chairperson and training program director.
  7. Commitment to return to Latin America at conclusion of fellowship training program.
  8. The candidate must be a member of the PAAO. Click here to submit your membership application online.

Click the link below for the 2011 David & Julianna Pyott Pan-American Retinal Research Fellowship application form:
(download Word .DOC document here) (download Adobe PDF form here)

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Specialty Training Scholarships (Becas de Perfeccionamiento para Residentes de América Latina y el Caribe)
Application Deadline: September 15, 2011
NOTE: Applications MUST be submitted by email. Acceptable file formats include DOC, PDF, HTML, JPG.
Program Description: The Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology has implemented a program for 3rd year residents from Latin America or the Caribbean to spend one (1) month at an ophthalmology service in Latin America. The residents will participate in procedures for retina, cornea, cataract, glaucoma, strabismus, oculoplastics, medical ophthalmology, etc. The stay will be for four (4) weeks with a stipend of US$2,000 for transportation, room and board. There is no salary. At the end of the stay, the resident must submit a report of his/her activities to the PAAO.

Click the link below for candidate criteria and participating ophthalmology services in Latin America (information in Spanish).

Descripción del Programa: La Asociación Panamericana de Oftalmología (PAAO) ha implementado becas destinadas a residentes de tercer año de América Latina y el Caribe para pasar un mes en un servicio de oftalmología de Latinoamérica. Los residentes harán una actividad específica como cirugía de retina, córnea, catarata, glaucoma, estrabismo, plástica, oftalmología médica, etc. La estadía será por cuatro semanas y se le otorgará un estipendio de u$ 2.000 para traslado y mantención. La entidad que los acepte no debe incurrir en gastos. Finalizada la estadía la institución que acepta y el residente, deben enviar un informe al PAAO.

Hacer clik en el link para criterios para seleccion de candidatos y lista de instituciones.
(download Word .DOC document here) (download Adobe PDF form here)
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ARVO Travel Awards
Application Deadline: March 31, 2012
NOTE: Applications for ARVO Travel Awards MUST be submitted by email to info@paao.org.
Acceptable file formats include DOC, PDF, HTML, JPG.

Requirements:
A) The candidate must be 40 years of age or younger.
B) The candidate must be a Resident or Fellow in a full-time training program.
C) The candidate must be lead/first author on an accepted Paper or Poster scheduled for presentation at the 2012 ARVO meeting. A copy of the acceptance letter/email from ARVO or scheduling information should be included with the application.
D) The candidate must be a member of the PAAO at the time the application is submitted. Click here to submit your membership application online.
E) Recipients of the 2012 ARVO Travel Awards must attend Pan-American Research Day (Saturday, May 5, 2012, Fort Lauderdale Renaissance Hotel) and present a summary of his/her work being presented at the ARVO meeting (May 6 - 10, 2012). Substitute presenters are not acceptable. Additionally, candidates must be present at the awards ceremony in order to receive their prizes.  Award monies cannot be mailed nor accepted by a third party or proxy.  Failure to comply will result in forfeiture of the award.
Click the link below for the integrated 2012 PAAO / ARVO Travel Award application form:
(download Word .DOC document here) (download Adobe PDF form here)

1) Pyott ARVO Travel Award
NEW Application Deadline: March 31, 2012
One (1) travel award in the amount of $1,500 will be given to a Latin American candidate to attend the 2012 ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology) annual meeting.

2) Johnson & Johnson ARVO Travel Award
NEW Application Deadline: March 31, 2012
Up to five (5) travel awards in the amount of $1,500 will be given to candidates to attend the 2011 ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology) annual meeting. Candidates must be Latin American and have had a CONTACT LENS or CORNEA paper or poster abstract accepted by ARVO 2012.

3) Santen ARVO Travel Award
NEW Application Deadline: March 31, 2012
Up to two (2) travel awards in the amount of $1,500 will be given to candidates to attend the 2012 ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology) annual meeting.
Click the link below for the integrated 2011 PAAO / ARVO Travel Award application form:

4) Allergan Latin American Research Initiative in Glaucoma
Application Deadline: March 15, 2012
A total of four (4) awards in two (2) categories will be given to recognize and award Latin American researchers for their research work aimed at increasing the diagnosis of glaucoma in the region and improving its control.
Diagnostics: 1st Place - US$4000, 2nd Place US$2000
Risk Factors: 1st Place - US$4000, 2nd Place US$2000
Click the link below for information on the 2012 Allergan Latin American Research Initiative in Glaucoma, including the necessary submission form
(download Word .DOC document here)

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Visiting Professors Program
The Latin American National Affiliated Societies (see list below) have the right to request two Visiting Professors to lecture at their annual congresses: one Visiting Professor from North America and the other from South America. Click here for Visiting Professors Program Policies (PDF format). The Visiting Professor must be a member of the PAAO. Click here to submit your membership application online.

National Affiliated Societies

1. Argentine Council of Ophthalmology
2. American Academy of Ophthalmology
3. Bolivian Society of Ophthalmology
4. Brazilian Council of Ophthalmology
5. Canadian Ophthalmological Society
6. Chilean Society of Ophthalmology
7. Colombian Society of Ophthalmology
8. Ophthalmology Association of Costa Rica
9. Cuban Society of Ophthalmology
10. Dominican Society of Ophthalmology
11. Ecuadorian Society of Ophthalmology
12. Guatemalan Assoc. of Ophthalmology
13. Haitian Society of Ophthalmology
14. Honduran Society of Ophthalmology
15. Mexican Society of Ophthalmology
16. Nicaraguan Society of Ophthalmology
17. Panamanian Society of Ophthalmology
18. Paraguayan Society of Ophthalmology
19. Peruvian Society of Ophthalmology
20. Portuguese Society of Ophthalmology
21. Puerto Rican Society of Ophthalmology
22. Salvadorian Society of Ophthalmology
23. Spanish Society of Ophthalmology
24. Uruguayan Society of Ophthalmology
25. Venezuelan Society of Ophthalmology
26. Ophthalmological Society of the West Indies


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Basic Sciences Courses
1. Andean Basic Sciences Course
Dr. Gregorio Gabela from Quito, Ecuador, is course director (2010). The PAOF provides the funding of one (1) scholarship for the Andean Course. This course meets every two years and the scholarship amount equivalent to one student’s fee is paid to the Andean Course directly for distribution.

2. Puerto Rican Basic Sciences Course "Dr. Guillermo Picó Santiago"

Dr. Guillermo Picó Santiago founded this course in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1967. The course is held over a 10 week period (January-March) at the University of Puerto Rico.
Click here for course information and the course application form. The PAOF provides the funding of one (1) scholarship per course in the amount of $750.

3. Brazilian Basic Sciences Course

Dra. Ana Maria N. Petrilli from São Paulo is course director. The PAOF provides scholarship funding of $750 for the course.

4. Southern Cone Basic Sciences Course

This course was founded in 1983 by Dr. Aldolfo Gómez Morales and is held in Buenos Aires. The PAOF provides one (1) scholarship per course at $750.

5. Southern Cone Basic Sciences Course
This course was founded in 1983 by Dr. Aldolfo Gómez Morales and is held in Buenos Aires. The PAOF provides one (1) scholarship per course at $750.

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For more information contact the PAAO/PAOF Administrative Office:
1301 South Bowen Road, Suite 450, Arlington, Texas, 76013 USA.

Telephone number: (817) 275-7553
Fax number: (817) 275-3961
Email address:info@paao.org

Office hours are from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.

A multilingual staff is available to serve you.

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