Annual Awards

Please view the available award opportunities below.

Cardiac Robotic Young Investigator Award

This annual award is granted by ISMICS through a generous donation by a grateful patient from the Robotic Cardiac Surgery Program at the University of Chicago Medicine in an effort to support robotic cardiac surgical research and training worldwide. The best abstract related to robotic cardiac surgery will be chosen and announced at the annual ISMICS meeting. The author will receive a $3,000 award which will be used to cover travel expenses to the ISMICS meeting as well as a visit to the Robotic Cardiac Surgery Program at the University of Chicago Medicine for a week long traveling fellowship for case observation and training within a year after the annual meeting.

After this visit the recipient will provide ISMICS leadership with a correspondence summary of their educational experience and progress.

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Chitwood Educational Travel Awards

These travel awards are granted annually by the ISMICS Research and Education Fund, through a generous contribution by former ISMICS President, Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood, Jr. In order to be eligible, you must be a Resident or Fellow attending the ISMICS Annual Scientific Meeting. The two selected winners will also receive complimentary Annual Meeting registration, and a year’s complimentary Candidate membership in ISMICS, which includes a subscription to ISMICS journal, INNOVATIONS. If registration or candidate membership dues are already paid – the winner will be refunded. Each recipient is awarded $1,000 USD.

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The Gründeman Scientific Research Award

The Gründeman Scientific Research Award is granted for demonstration of basic research or an early clinical concept that outlines a new innovation suited to Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (MICS). Research must show sound concept, its applicability to minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery, meet a clinical need and show feasibility of introduction into clinical practice. The research may be in the area of new techniques for MICS or may facilitate the application of MICS with current procedures.

The first annual Gründeman Scientific Research Award was presented during the 2018 ISMICS Annual Scientific Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, and is available through a generous donation from Medtronic in honor of Paul F. Gründeman, MD, PhD, past Secretary of ISMICS. Recipient is awarded $5,000 USD.

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President's Award

Awarded to the author of the best full-length oral presentation, this award recognizes work that focuses on minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgical treatment. Presenters are limited to 8 minutes. Recipient is awarded $1000.00 USD.

Annual Meeting ePoster Competition

Round One:
This peer-review session divides posters into topic groups, with several groups presenting concurrently. Presenters are limited to 3 minutes. Participants (authors, attendees, topic group moderator) score each poster presentation.
Round One finalists each awarded $500.00 USD and proceed to Round Two.

Round Two:
This session is conducted in the main Scientific Session Hall with authors using powerpoint slides to present their work to the entire audience. Presenters are again limited to 3 minutes. The topic group moderators score presentations from Round One to select the Best Moderated Poster.
Recipient is awarded $500.00 USD.

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Subramanian Innovation Award

The Subramanian Innovation Award was developed in 2016 through a generous donation to the ISMICS Research and Education Fund made by ISMICS Past President and Founding Member Dr. Valavanur A. Subramanian. The winner of the Subramanian Innovation Award shall receive grant funding to be used toward taking their innovation and bringing it to reality for implementation. Recipient is awarded $5,000 USD. Dr. Subramanian is also generously contributing up to $1,800 per finalist for reimbursement of the finalists' travel expenses to the annual meeting and $1,000 to each finalist.

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If you have any questions or if you would like more information about these awards, please contact the ISMICS administrative office.

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