The Chicago Sister Cities International Medical Initiative Program will take place in conjunction with the 21st Annual Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Symposium (October 3 - 6, 2019). The symposium, which attracts approximately 700 physicians, is an annual professional educational event that provides recent clinical and scientific advances in breast cancer research.
The 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 29 different Chicago Sister Cities the opportunity to attend the symposium held in Chicago.
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.
A limited number of awards will be granted through a competitive online application process.
Physician applicants must reside in one of the 29 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, October 2, 2019 and departure on Sunday, October 6, 2019)
A letter of support from the applicant's Program Director or mentor must be received by the application deadline
Chicago's 29 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 City Since 1985
SHENYANG, CHINA: Chicago's Sister City Since 1985
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Chicago's Sister City Since 2018
TORONTO, CANADA: Chicago's Sister City Since 1991
VILNIUS, LITHUANIA: Chicago's Sister City Since 1993
WARSAW, POLAND: Chicago's Sister City Since 1960
Complimentary symposium registration
Roundtrip coach 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.
Hospital tour and faculty dinner
Breakfast, lunch, and break snacks during the program
Upon acceptance, awardees will receive specific details about travel and accommodations.
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 19, 2019. Notification e-mails will be sent to all applicants by Thursday, August 1, 2019. 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 Friday, July 19, 2019.
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.