Two ESCP members have secured the coveted Japan Society of Coloproctology (JSCP) and Korea Society of Coloproctology (KSCP) Travelling Fellowships. Congratulations to Dr Gaetano Gallo and Dr Audrius Dulskas respectively.

Offered exclusively to ESCP members, the ESCP Fellowship Programme is an integral part of the education and training activities offered by the society.

The KSCP Fellowship took place in September and was offered in conjunction with The International Colorectal Research Summit, Korea. The Fellow was kindly hosted by Professor Jung Gu Kang, President of the Korean Society of Coloproctology (KSCP).

The winner of the KSCP Fellowship, Dr Audrius Dulskas, was excited about the prospect of learning from specialists outside of Europe. He said,

“If you want to learn about surgery, Korea is a great place to do it as hospitals there treat thousands of patients every year. It’s rare to have the opportunity to learn in this way outside of Europe so I am delighted. The Fellowship is a great opportunity for ESCP members to broaden their knowledge.”

Audrius also revealed his shock following his successful application. He added,

“The truth is I was caught by surprise! I thought maybe I might be successful in the next few years, so to achieve this now is amazing. I spent some time in Korea two years ago and can’t wait to go back.”

As the successful applicant, Audrius presented a paper at the International Colorectal Research Summit (ICRS) 2018 meeting hosted by KSCP.

You can read Audrius' report from Korea here.

In November, Dr Gaetano Gallo from Italy will travel to Japan after being awarded the JSCP Travelling Fellowship. The two-week placement is offered in conjunction with JSCP Meeting in Japan and is kindly hosted by Dr Takashi Akiyoshi, a former ESCP Fellow himself.

Discussing his successful application, Gaetano said:

“I am extremely thrilled to have been selected for this incredible experience. The exchange of international ideas is incredibly important and I look forward to beginning the JSCP Fellowship.”

Gaetano continues:

“It will provide a great opportunity to present the results of our research on the role of the microRNAs in colorectal cancer to the 73rd annual congress of the Japan Society of Coloproctology. What an honour.”

Fifty young members have visited 26 host centres in 12 countries over the last 5 years via the ESCP Fellowship Programme. It was reinvented for 2018, with all applications being made via the new online application forms for the first time.

If you are travelling to ESCP 2018 in Nice this year, you can hear more about ESCP Fellowships and how to prepare yourself best for such opportunities at all-new Fellowships Update 2018, taking place on Wednesday 26 September 13:25pm.

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