Montegut Scholar Award

The Montegut Global Scholars Program (MGSP) was established by the American Board of Family Medicine Foundation (ABFM-F) in 2010. The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). The ABFM-F is a supporting organisation of the ABFM. Its primary mission is to support the ABFM’s research and scholarly activities.

Alain Montegut MD

The MGSP was named in honor of Alain Montegut, MD, a member of the Board of Directors of the ABFM from 2005-10 and WONCA North America Region President from 2007–10. His career has been devoted to developing high quality family medicine practice internationally, especially in underserved and/or undeveloped countries. 

A program for WONCA regional meeting attendance.

The MGSP was established to foster international education, research and collaboration, in the specialty of family medicine. It will support the attendance of one family physician from each of the seven regions of the international organisation of family physicians (WONCA) to their regional meetings or to the international meeting in the year when it is held. In years when the local region does not hold a meeting it will be permissible for the nominee from that region to use the scholarship to attend a meeting in another region.

2017 information

The MGSP will provide a $2,250 scholarship for one (1) family physician selected from each of the seven (7) WONCA regions to attend their respective regional WONCA meetings in 2017. Note that the North America Award is only open to applicants from the Caribbean College of Family Physicians (CCFP).

Applications

Eligibility

WONCA regions administer the scholarships and each region can award one scholarship. It is suggested that the same individual not be chosen to attend more than one of the three meetings offered by this scholars program.

Criteria for all applicants
- Must be a family physician/general practitioner in good professional standing
- It is suggested that the selectee be a physician involved with education, research and/or committed to improving the quality of family medical care in his/her region.
- The selectee chosen should be a person whom under ordinary circumstances would not have the financial means to attend the referenced meetings
- The selectee shall not be part of the WONCA leadership in his/her region.
- The selectee possesses proper documents/credentials for international travel

Additional criteria for North America applicants

- The nominee from the North American region should come from the Caribbean College of Family Physicians
 - Should be approved by the North American President.

How to Apply

For further information on the MGSP click here.
For application form as WORD document here
(or request from the WONCA Secretariat  manager@wonca.net)

Submit the application form and relevant documents to the WONCA World Secretariat, email: manager@wonca.net

Deadlines
- for WONCA Asia Pacific and South Asia Regions, the application deadline is extented from 30th June 2017 to 15th July 2017.

Please note
- WONCA EMR, Africa region, and Iberoamericanca region applications are now closed.
- for WONCA Europe,  further details on the application process and deadline please contact WONCA Europe Secretariat, emailSecretariatEurope@wonca.net
- for WONCA North America, the applicants must come from Caribbean College, further details on the application process and deadline please contact WONCA North America Region President, email: PresidentNAmerica@wonca.net

Scholar Responsibilities 

The scholarship selectee should be informed that s/he is responsible for arranging the details (e.g., travel, lodging, etc.) for attending the meeting for which s/he has been chosen. The selected scholars are expected to devote the entire amount funded toward expenses related to attending the WONCA meeting for which s/he is chosen. Should additional funding be necessary for a selectee to attend any of the aforementioned meetings, the individual or his/her regional WONCA shall be responsible for the balance.

In return for the scholarship, each scholar is required to submit a brief report (in English) after returning from a meeting in their own region or another region to the President of the ABFM-F including an essay (of 2-4 typewritten pages) outlining lessons learned from the designated meeting, that, going forward, could benefit that physician, his/her patients, residency training programs or trainees, or the specialty of family medicine in his/her region. A supplemental report to the ABFM-F office will be required 5-6 months after the conference attendance. Any papers, lectures or presentations by the scholar containing information gained as a result of this scholarship should acknowledge the ABFM-F as a sponsor.

2016 selected report

Dr Kenneth Yakubu (Nigeria) reports on his Rio attendance

2015 selected reports

Shastri Motilal (Trinidad) and Patrick O'Donnell (Ireland)

The first Montegut scholar – Dr Kyriakos Maltezis

At the WONCA executive committee meeting, in February 2011, it was agreed to accept the generous offer by the American Board of Family Medicine Foundation (ABFM-F) to establish the Montegut Global Scholars Program (MGSP). The MGSP was established to foster international education, research and collaboration, in the specialty of family medicine. It aims to support the attendance of one family physician from each of the seven regions of WONCA, to their regional meetings, or to the international meeting, in the year when it is held. The first Mongegut scholar was Dr Kyriakos Maltezis, of Greece, who was supported to attend the WONCA Europe conference in Warsaw in September 2011.

Dr Maltezis graduated from the University of Athens, in 1999. He trained in general practice in the General Hospital Sant Panteleimon in Piraeus, Greece and he works in the public sector as a GP. He is undertaking a Masters in Family Medicine and Science Methodology in Primary Health Care through the University of Crete. He has authored a number of papers published in international journals and in Greek Journals. He is involved in teaching undergraduate students in the University of Athens, in medical physiology and general practice.

He also has participated as a volunteer in international missions, in Africa, since 2005, providing primary care services in Uganda and Tanzania. He received an honorary award from the National Blood Donor Organization for his voluntary participation for four years in organising missions for blood collections in district areas all over Greece.   Read Dr Maltezis' final report to the American Board of Family Medicine Foundation (ABFM-F). 

Dr Kyriakos Maltezis' report to the ABFM

Dr Maltezis and WONCA News wish to formally acknowledge the generous sponsorship of the American Board of Family Medicine Foundation (ABFM-F) in the Montegut Global Scholars Program.

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