ACPA to Reintroduce Visiting Scholar Program

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Wendy-Jo Toyama, MBA, CAE headshot

Wendy-Jo Toyama, MBA, CAE

ACPA is poised to open applications in winter 2020 for the relaunch of the ACPA Visiting Scholar Program for 2021 scholars. The goal of the program is to empower and assist those in positions to effect change to enhance care delivery and direct interdisciplinary team care for comprehensive management of individuals with craniofacial anomalies in their home country.  Further, the program aims to provide the selected scholar with an educational experience in the treatment of craniofacial and cleft anomalies at ACPA recognized cleft palate and craniofacial centers.

Since its inception in 1993, the program has hosted 23 visiting scholars and has successfully led to the creation of new teams and improvements in care.  In 2017, the Board put the program on hold in order to evaluate the program and ensure its sustainability and impact. One of the key changes to the program is to identify potential “host” sites through an application process.  Applications to be a host site are open and we encourage all prior hosts or those who may wish to host a scholar to apply.  Completing the application does not guarantee that the institution will host a scholar. Hosting duties will include working with ACPA if selected to host, i.e. providing a daily schedule, assisting with arranging accommodations, and working with the ACPA National Office to create a positive and valuable experience for the scholar. We invite all ACPA Approved Teams to apply now to express interest in participating in this program.