September 14 - 17, 2017   Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

Chicago Sister Cities Medical Initiative Program

Deadline to apply is Friday, July 14, 2017.
Application will be available in April or May. Email erin.donoghue@northwestern.edu to request a reminder when the application becomes available.

The Chicago Sister Cities Medical Initiative Program will take place in conjunction with the 18th Annual Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Symposium (September 14 - 17, 2017). The symposium, which attracts approximately 800 physicians, is an annual professional educational event that provides recent clinical and scientific advances in breast cancer research. 

The Chicago Sister Cities Medical Initiative Program provides international physicians with the opportunity to attend one of the most respected breast cancer meetings in the world, develop lasting relationships with peers in their field, and bring the knowledge gained back to patients, survivors, and professionals in their home county. The program offers a unique perspective to international physicians on how breast cancer treatment options are developed and implemented in the United States.

Through a generous grant from the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation, a competitive application process will award a limited number of clinicians from the 28 different Chicago sister cities the opportunity to attend the symposium held in Chicago.  

Program Objectives

  • To provide international physicians access to the latest clinically-relevant cancer treatment options to share with patients, survivors, and healthcare professionals in their home city
  • To provide an intimate forum of learning and networking
  • To further develop relationships amongst peers in the field of breast cancer.

Eligibility

A limited number of awards will be granted through a competitive online application process.

  • Physician applicants must reside in one of the 28 cities associated with the Chicago Sister Cities International Program (listed below)
  • Applicants must demonstrate a special interest in the field of breast cancer
  • Applicants must have a good command of the English language (no translation services will be provided)
  • Awards are limited to first-time program participants.
  • Applicants must have a plan to share the information gained with colleagues in their home city
  • Early-career clinicians encouraged to apply
  • Awardees must be able to attend the entire program (arrival on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 and departure on Sunday, September 17, 2017)
  • A letter of support from the applicant's Program Director or mentor must be received by the application deadline

Chicago's 28 Sister Cities

  • ACCRA, GHANA: Chicago's Sister City Since 1989
  • AMMAN, JORDAN: Chicago's Sister City Since 2004
  • ATHENS, GREECE: Chicago's Sister City Since 1997
  • BELGRADE, SERBIA: Chicago's Sister City Since 2005
  • BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND: Chicago's Sister City Since 1993
  • BOGOTA, COLOMBIA: Chicago's Sister City Since 2009
  • BUSAN, REPUBLIC OF KOREA: Chicago's Sister City Since 2007
  • CASABLANCA, MOROCCO: Chicago's Sister City Since 1982
  • DELHI, INDIA: Chicago's Sister City Since 2001
  • DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA: Chicago's Sister City Since 1997
  • GALWAY, IRELAND: Chicago's Sister City Since 1997
  • GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN: Chicago's Sister City Since 1987
  • HAMBURG, GERMANY: Chicago's Sister City Since 1994
  • KYIV, UKRAINE: Chicago's Sister City Since 1991
  • LAHORE, PAKISTAN: Chicago's Sister City Since 2007
  • LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND: Chicago's Sister City Since 1998
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO: Chicago's Sister City Since 1991
  • MILAN, ITALY: Chicago's Sister City Since 1973
  • MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Chicago's Sister City Since 1997
  • OSAKA, JAPAN: Chicago's Sister City Since 1973
  • PARIS, FRANCE: Chicago's Sister City Since 1996
  • PETACH TIKVA, ISRAEL: Chicago's Sister City Since 1994
  • PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC: Chicago's Sister City Since 1990
  • SHANGHAI, CHINA: Chicago's Sister Cities Since 1985
  • SHENYANG, CHINA: Chicago's Sister Cities Since 1985
  • TORONTO, CANADA: Chicago's Sister City Since 1991
  • VILNIUS, LITHUANIA: Chicago's Sister City Since 1993
  • WARSAW, POLAND: Chicago's Sister City Since 1960

Award Details

  • Complimentary symposium registration
  • Roundtrip airfare to Chicago from awardee’s home city
  • Hotel accommodations for maximum of five nights
    • Double occupancy in the hotel rooms. Staff will assign you to stay in a hotel room with another awardee of the same gender for five nights. Or, the Lurie Cancer Center will fund three nights of your stay in a private room.
  • CME credit and symposium materials
  • Welcome reception (Wednesday, September 13, 2017)
  • Hospital tour and faculty dinner on Thursday, September 14, 2017
  • Breakfast, lunch, and break snacks during the program

Upon acceptance, awardees will receive specific details about travel and accommodations.

Application Process & Deadline

Complete and submit the online application when it becomes available. Applicants must describe their interest in the field of breast cancer by briefly summarizing current research projects, training, and leadership. Applicants must also indicate how the knowledge gained from the symposium will be shared with colleagues.

The application deadline is Friday, July 14, 2017. Notification e-mails will be sent to all applicants by August 1, 2017. Applicants should not make any travel arrangements until notified.

A letter of support from applicant’s Program Director or mentor is required. Instructions for submitting the letter electronically will be sent to your mentor when you submit your initial application to us. Your application will not be complete until your letter is received. All letters must be received by the deadline of July 14, 2017.

Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation

The Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation is dedicated to the courageous spirit of Lynn Sage. The Foundation supports innovative contributions to the understanding, research, and treatment of breast cancer, in partnership with Northwestern Medicine and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.  

About the Chicago Sister Cities International Program

The Chicago Sister Cities International Program provides leadership to develop, manage, and coordinate comprehensive programs and projects with Chicago's sister cities. It aims to increase international trade, promote economic development, and support exchanges in the fields of culture, education, medicine, social services, environment, and technology with its sister cities for the benefit of the City of Chicago, its residents, and businesses. Visit www.chicagosistercities.com for more information about the Chicago Sister Cities International Program

Questions

E-mail: erin.donoghue@northwestern.edu
Phone: 312.695.1391
Fax: 312.695.1328
Chicago Sister Cities

Lynn Sage cancer Research Foundation
Map of Past Awardees
Since 2011, the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University has welcomed over 100 international physicians from our Sister Cities.
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