Last Update: 03/07/2014 10:25
The Weary Dunlop Boon Pong Exchange
Fellowship is a collaboration between the Royal Australasian
College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand. The
exchange program provides opportunities for Thai surgeons to
undertake clinical attachments in Australian hospitals, in their
nominated field of interest.
Up to six Fellowships are awarded annually, each for a
period of four months. The Fellowship consists of a stipend
and scholars usually receive a travel allowance from their home
Call for nominations
The Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand calls for nominations.
The Weary Dunlop Boon Pong Exchange Fellowship is
jointly convened by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
and the Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand.
The Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand convenes a committee
to interview and assess appropriate candidates. The assessment
involves a test in English, which is usually a second or third
language for the applicants. Successful applicants nominate their
field of interest and the Australian Convenor seeks to place them
in suitable training positions via contact with the heads of
surgical departments in Australia. The training is based in
hospitals that can offer the experience desired by the Thai
scholar. The Fellowship provides opportunities for the recipients
to obtain further exposure in general or specialist surgery, gain
experience in clinical research and the applications of modern
technology, and develop hospital management skills in a
The mentor for each scholar is the head of the surgical
department concerned. The nature of the training is an
apprenticeship, and the scholars are supernumerary to Australian
trainees. Scholars observe and may assist elective operations
during the day and emergency operations at night and weekends.
Scholars have access to hospital libraries, participate in
surgical meetings and surgical audits, and attend appropriate
lectures relevant to their interests.
Past Weary Dunlop Boonpong Fellows
Meet the Weary Dunlop
The Honourable Dr Brendan Nelson BMBS FRACP(Hon) FAMA.
Weary Dunlop Boon Pong Exchange Fellowship
International Development Program
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
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East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia
Telephone: +61 3 9249 1211
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