State of the Art: Foot and Ankle Surgery

Awards & Fellowship

EFAS Research Award

EFAS, with support by its Research Committee, announces the EFAS Research Award. The award will be given in recognition for the best research study presented during the biannual 12th EFAS International Congress. The Selected research study will be remunerated with €1500 honorarium and an official EFAS recognition certificate. The second and the third best research studies will be also recognized and awarded with an EFAS certificate accordingly.

To be considered for the ward, authors must mark the corresponding box during the submission of their abstract – (i.e “Please consider my abstract for the EFAS Research Award”). Please note, that only submissions marked as such by the authors will be reviewed by the Selection Committee.

Research topics can include basic science or prospective clinical studies in the area of the ankle, forefoot, or hindfoot.

The following selection criteria will be applied:

  1. The applicant must be a member of EFAS.
  2. The applicant must be the presenter of the study and the first author of the abstract.
  3. The abstract must concern a basic science study or a prospective clinical study with a clear and sound basic science background.
  4. The abstract must be written according to the general criteria of the congress for abstract submission.
  5. The study has not been published or been accepted for publication in a peer reviewed journal.
  6. Where applicable, the study has to be approved by a Medical Ethical Committee.

The 3 selected studies will be invited to present their research at the 12th EFAS International Congress during thee EFAS Research Award session. Each presentation will be 15 minutes (12 minutes presentation, and 3 minutes discussion).

They will be evaluated by members of the EFAS Council, Research Committee, and Scientific Committee. The winner will be announced the last day of the congress.

If an abstract is selected for the EFAS Research Award session, the presenting author must register for the congress by the given deadline. In addition, the authors of the selected papers will be invited to write an extended abstract (2 A4-pages abstract).

Authors will have one week to accept the invitation, and another 3 weeks to write the extended abstract.

The EFAS Research Award winner will be stimulated to publish the paper with full publication warranty in the Foot & Ankle Surgery journal (the official journal of the EFAS) with the title “EFAS Research Award: [title of the study]”.

If the author wishes to publish the paper in another journal, the author is asked to write in the acknowledgment “This paper was winner of the EFAS Research Award [year]”.



EFAS 2018 Travelling Fellowship

The European Foot and Ankle Society is inviting applications for the 2018 Travelling Fellowship. The Fellowship is available to two trainee orthopaedic surgeons* interested in foot and ankle surgery. The Fellows will travel to 3 European centres proposed by the Council of EFAS, visiting, observing and assisting some of the top foot and ankle surgeons in Europe. The Fellowship will commence in September 2018 for approximately 10-14 days or 2 weeks. The proposed centres will be confirmed in due course.

The selected fellows will be requested to present a brief report on the experience for the EFAS website.​

*Eligibility: Medically qualified trainee orthopaedic surgeons (not yet certified), of European Nationality and working within Europe, with specific interest and experience in the field of foot and ankle. Applicants must be aged 38 years or less on 1st January 2018. Applicants must confirm availability to travel between 15 September to 4 October 2018​

Centres: The proposed centres may change due to circumstances beyond the control of EFAS in which case alternative centres will be used.

Expenses: Basic travel expenses for Economy travel, basic food and accommodation at each centre will be provided with extras to be covered by the fellows. Successful applicants will be required to make travel and accommodation arrangements themselves and submit an invoice for travel and accommodation following the fellowship programme for reimbursement. The Secretariat will provide advice on suitable hotel accommodation close to the centres.

To apply: Please complete the Application Form available to download above and send it together with your Curriculum Vitae and an abstract of a relevant published paper which proves your interest in foot and ankle pathology or surgery to the EFAS Secretariat at EFASoffice[at]mci-group.com. Email is the preferred method of application.

The closing date for receipt of applications is June 20th, 2018.

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