Weary Dunlop Boon Pong Exchange Fellowship


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WDBP FellowshipThe 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


29 September 2016Boonsap Sakboon

The International Scholarships Committee is pleased to announce the arrival of Dr Boonsap Sakboon, a Weary Dunlop Boonpong Fellowship recipient from Lampang, Thailand. The Fellowship Program is jointly administered by the Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand and RACS, with up to 6 Fellowships awarded annually. Boonsap will be undertaking a 4-month training attachment in Thoracic Surgery at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, supervised by RACS Fellows A/Prof Julie Mundy and Mr Wingchi Lo. Welcome to Australia, Boonsap!

Call for nominations

The Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand calls for nominations.

Application process


The Weary Dunlop Boon Pong Exchange Fellowship is jointly convened by the Royal Australa

sian 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 t

he applications of modern technology, and develop hospital management skills in a multi-disciplinary environment.

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 Boonpong Fellows.


The Honourable Dr Brendan Nelson BMBS FRACP(Hon) FAMA.

Brendan Nelson


Weary Dunlop Boonpong Exchange Fellowship
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