There is an opportunity for 50 students  to attend this years World Congress of Surgery. Applicants will need to be available  from August 11 or 12th until August 17th – full days (usually starting at 7am and ending at 8pm)

Eligible Applicants

  • are currently studying towards a degree in medicine and surgery or are in their pre-specialisation years of being a junior doctor;
  • are in academic good standing;
  • show a passion towards  surgery and see themselves as future surgeons;
  • have played an active role in surgical education amongst their peers;
  • have a drive to use their talents to the full;
  • have a professional work ethic, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship;
  • have the moral force of character instincts to lead;
  • take an interest in one’s fellow beings.

The selection of applicants will be made by distinguished members of the community. In general, the selection panel will select applicants of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service.

The IASSS welcomes applications from talented young women and men of diverse backgrounds. The selection of applicants is made without regard to gender, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, colour, religion, social background, caste, or disability.

The students will be able to attend the congress free of charge but will be responsible for all other expenses (travel, accommodation (at a reduced rate whiles staying with the Travel Scholars), other expenses while in Basel). They will be able to attend the World Journal of Surgery Writers Workshop free of charge. In exchange these students will be asked to assist at the congress without payment. We are arranging this in such a way that they feel part of the proceedings and have a lot of contact time with the speakers and prominent surgeons from across the world. This includes being trained to do tours on behalf of the ISS, assisting in lecture venues and personally assisting the hosts of lectures and workshops. They will be required to actively participate.

How To Apply

Interested students are welcome to email [email protected]. In the subject line they should please write: “WCS application”. They should include proof of their studies, a copy of their ID, proof of affiliation to a student surgical interest group (if possible), two references,  a 200 word letter of motivation on why they would like to attend the congress, a two page CV and complete this google form:
The closing date is: May 15th 2017 and the delegates will be announced on May 31st.