Avon Foundation Issues Call for Applications for Global Breast Cancer Scholar Program

Program Will Bring 24 Breast Cancer Physicians to U.S. to Learn Advanced Skills and Techniques to Help Women in Home Countries


New York, NY (Oct. 1, 2013) – The Avon Foundation for Women today announced a call for applicants for the second class of the Avon Global Breast Cancer Clinical Scholars Program, which will train breast cancer specialists living outside the United States at 12 leading Avon Foundation-funded U.S. breast cancer centers beginning in May 2014. The goal of the Avon Global Scholars program is to provide advanced training to doctors so they can bring new skills and information to their home countries that will improve the treatment and care of breast cancer patients.

Breast cancer ranks as one of the leading causes of cancer mortality among women globally, in both developed and developing countries. Many developing countries experience lower survival rates because they do not have breast cancer awareness or early detection programs and experience critical shortages in trained breast cancer specialists and services.

The 2014 Avon Global Breast Cancer Scholars Program will bring 24 physicians to the United States for a four- to eight-week intensive training/preceptorship in breast cancer surgery, pathology, breast imaging (radiology), medical oncology, clinical trial design and community and public health at Avon Foundation-funded breast cancer centers in the United States. The Avon Foundation Scientific Advisory Board and host institution mentors will select the Avon Global Scholars through a rigorous two-stage review. The inaugural Avon Global Scholars program in 2012 received 85 applicants from 22 countries, of which 25 scholars from 14 countries – from Armenia to Zambia – were selected.
Dr. Andriy Hrybanov, a graduate of the first class of Avon Global Scholars and a staff obstetrician and gynecologist at Nikolayev Maternity Hospital #2 in Nikolayev, Ukraine, trained at Magee-Women’s Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh. “My host institution was among the top 10 in the United States in the field of oncology, so I knew it was the right place to gain knowledge and acquire new skills. I observed practices that are widespread within the U.S., but were brand new when I returned with them to Ukraine,” said Dr. Hrybanoy. “Participating in the Avon Global Scholars Program has been a unique experience for the Scholars to take a look at breast cancer from a new perspective and with a fresh eye, which I hope will improve breast care back in our clinics in our home countries.”

The 2014 Avon Global Breast Cancer Clinical Scholars will study at the following 12 Avon Foundation-funded institutions, selected for their excellence and advancements in breast cancer research, treatment and access to care. Each institution will host two Avon Global Scholars:

  • Boston Medical Center (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Emory University - Grady Memorial Hospital (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Georgetown University - Capital Breast Care Center (Washington, D.C.)
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland)
  • Magee - Women’s Hospital, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center (New York, New York)
  • Northwestern University (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Sinai Urban Health Institute (Chicago, Illinois)
  • University of California Los Angeles – Olive View Medical Center (Los Angeles, California)
  • University of California San Francisco – San Francisco General Hospital (San Francisco, California)
  • Washington University St. Louis (St. Louis, Missouri)

“Our first class of Global Scholars is back in their home countries applying new advanced skills to improve both the treatment and care of women facing breast cancer in their countries. We are pleased we will be bringing 24 new physicians to the United States in May of 2014 to receive training from some of the best breast cancer doctors in the United States,” said Marc Hurlbert, PhD, executive director of the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade.

Breast cancer specialists living outside the United States can apply online to the Avon Global Breast Cancer Clinical Scholars Program. The initial stage of the application process, which requires a letter of intent, is due Monday, December 9, 2013.

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Avon Breast Cancer Crusade
The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, which launched in 1992 and is led by the U.S.-based Avon Foundation for Women, has placed Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women at the forefront of the fight against breast cancer; today, Avon is the leading corporate supporter of the cause globally. Avon breast cancer programs in 58 countries have donated more than $780 million for research and advancing access to care, regardless of a person’s ability to pay. Avon awards funding to beneficiaries ranging from leading cancer centers to community-based grassroots breast health programs to support breast cancer research and access to care. The Crusade has enabled more than 17 million women globally to receive free mammograms and breast cancer screenings, educated more than 100 million women about breast cancer, and funded promising research into the causes of breast cancer and ways to prevent the disease. The Avon Foundation raises funds for the Crusade through the sale of Avon “Pink Ribbon” products, and through events such as the U.S. Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series, which is the Avon Foundation’s largest fund-raising event. Visit www.avonfoundation.org for more information.

Avon Global Philanthropy
Avon is a global corporate leader in philanthropy focused on causes that matter most to women. Through 2012, Avon global philanthropy, led by the U.S.-based Avon Foundation for Women, has donated more than $910 million in more than 50 countries. Avon’s funding is focused on breast cancer research and access to care through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, and efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. The company’s global markets sell special products to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer and domestic violence, conduct hundreds of events for these causes, and provide critical life-saving information to women everywhere through its global army of more than 6 million Avon Representatives.