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Robert T. Wong, MD Lectureship: Request for proposals due January 30, 2017

Date: January 17th, 2017 in Alumni News, JABSOM News, Research    Print or PDF

Pictured: Statue of Robert T. Wong, MD, by artist Dora Fugh Lee. The statue is in the Health Sciences Library at JABSOM. Photo by Amanda Shell.

Applications are due January 30, 2017 for the semi-annual Robert T. Wong, MD Lectureship at the University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). Dr. Wong was a prominent Honolulu ophthalmologist and Professor of Ophthalmology. As President of the Honolulu County Medical Society in 1965, he led a group of community practitioners who vigorously supported the establishment of a medical school in Hawaiʻi. He was an outspoken and effective advocate of the school’s expansion to a four year school. He felt that the primary purpose of the medical school was to raise and maintain the high standard and quality of medical care in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Basin.

The purpose of the Robert T. Wong, MD Lectureship is to enhance medical education for Hawaiʻi’s citizens by enabling nationally and internationally prominent persons involved in the medical field to come to Hawaiʻi and give the University of Hawaiʻi, the medical professions in Hawaiʻi, and other interested persons in the community an awareness of the latest in scientific research and techniques in the medical and health fields.

Total funds available every year are expected to be at least $20,000. Of this, $6,000 will be earmarked for speakers in Surgery. The balance is available for other departments whose applications meet the criteria below. Applications should not exceed $5,000 per speaker. The Wong Lectureship Committee will accept proposals on a rolling basis and meet twice a year (January and July) to consider applications for up to $5,000 each to support visiting lecturers.
Applicants from any medical school organizational department may request funds for conference and/or keynote speakers, Continuing Medical Education (CME) speakers, and residency program visiting professors. Funds will not be awarded for convocation speakers. The call for applications will be announced on the JABSOM website, by email to department chairs, and at Executive Committee meetings. Payment will be awarded as a lump sum honorarium from which speaker will pay his/her own expenses and which will be subject to income tax.

Lecturers will be encouraged to present to multiple audiences and/or at JABSOM events that are open to the public in order to raise community awareness about the school and lecturers’ topics. Preference will be given to lecturers who have the ability to increase visibility of JABSOM in the larger community, leverage new funds for departments, or enhance hospital partnerships.

Contact: Email Elaine Evans, JABSOM Director of Development.

Related materials:

APPLICATION Wong Lectureship

GUIDELINES Wong Lectureship

Bio – Robert Wong

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