Bethune Scholarship
COA Global Surgery (COAGS)

Call for Applications for 2020 Scholar

Are you the next Norman Bethune Scholar? COAGS will be accepting applications until December 16, 2019 for the COAGS Norman Bethune Orthopaedic Travel Scholarship, which takes place over a 2-week period in Wenzhou, China. The program is intended for a Canadian orthopaedic surgeon of any age, who is a COA member, who is established in practice and has experience teaching residents. The applicant’s subspecialty interest can be in any one or more of the following areas: Trauma, Sports medicine, MSK Oncology, Hand, Upper Extremity, Spine, Foot and Ankle, Paediatric Orthopaedics or Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedics.  Preference for this year may be given to surgeons subspecializing in Paediatrics, Spine, Sports, or Foot & Ankle. Travel will likely take place in March-April 2020, with exact dates to be arranged with the successful scholar.

2019 Recap: Dr. John Murnaghan

The winner of the second COAGS  Norman Bethune Orthopaedic Travel Scholarship, Dr. John Murnaghan, from University of Toronto, travelled to Wenzhou, China, during March and April 2019.

Click here for a recap of Dr. Murnaghan’s travels and insight.

2018 Recap:  Dr. Vaughan Bowen

The inaugural COAGS Norman Bethune Orthopaedic Travel Scholarship to Wenzhou, China, was a resounding success. Dr. Vaughan Bowen from the University of Calgary participated in a tremendous exchange of knowledge with the Second Affiliated Hospital of the Wenzhou Medical University.  See below for his recap.

Bethune 2018 Travel Blog: Letters from China

Dr. Bowen spent two weeks exploring China with his partner, Dorothy, ultimately ending up in Wenzhou for the Bethune Scholarship from March 17 to April 2, 2018.  Here are his musings and reflections on his academic pursuits and travels.  

Letter 1
Arrival in Beijing and The Great Wall of China.

Letter 2
The train to Xi’an, exotic foods, and Chinese opera.

Letter 3
Travels across China by aeroplane, boat, train, bus and car.

Letter 4 (with photos)
First days in Wenzhou and the Medical University.

Letter 5
Working with the Hand Surgeons at the 2nd Affiliated Hospital of the Wenzhou Medical University.

Letter 6
Academic exchanges are in full swing. 

Letter 7 (with photos)
A photo journal of some of the events and people we have met.

Letter 8
Back on the road, from Wenzhou to Sanya on the southern coast of the tropical island of Hainan. 

Letter 9
Final thoughts and an appeal from the writer.