Japanese Society of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery

Annual Meeting
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Observership to Japan

Update: January 17, 2019

Application Guidelines

Observership to Japan from the Asian-Pacific Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association


The Japanese Society of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery (JSHBPS) accepts and supports three observer candidates from the Asian-Pacific regionfor 3 months every year. JSHBPS makes program arrangements with thecandidates’institution of choice and provides financial supportin the form of a scholarship. The amount of scholarship support for each successful candidate is 500,000 yen.

The criteriafor entryare as follows:

  1.  Candidates should bea member of either the Asian-Pacific Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (A-PHPBA) or the Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (HPBA)of his or herhome country. (A junior member of the A-PHPBA or HPBA mayalso apply.)

  2. Candidate should be under40 yearsof age.

  3. Selected candidates should submit an abstract to the annual meeting of JSHBPS after receiving a letter of acceptance from the Society.The deadline for submission of abstract for each meeting is normally the end of December;the meetings are held in June of each year.

  4. Selected candidates should attend the annual JSHBPS meeting during this program.

  5. The 500,000 yen scholarship will be presented to the selected candidates in Japan. In addition to what precedes,free registration for the annual JSHBPS meeting and a one-night accommodation near the venue will be provided.
    * JSHBPS and the institutions of choice where selected candidates will pursuethe program will assume responsibilityonly for financial matters described in Item 5, above,during the candidates’ stay in Japan.

  6.  The term of the program is 3 months;normally, the termisless than 90 days, the period of validityof ashort-term visa(valid from the beginning of April to the end of June, 2020).

  7. A curriculum vitaeis required.

  8. A letter of recommendation from the president of A-PHPBA,or HPBA,orthe chairman of the candidates’ institution isrequired.

  9. It is desirablethat candidates have a published paper in the Journal of Hepato-Pancreatic Sciences (JHBPS) either as afirst author or a co-author.

  10. Selected candidates shouldwrite and submit a report entitled “Observership to Japan: what I experienced in Japan and what I will practice in my country”after finishingthe observership program. The report will be published in a JHBPS newsletter.


To apply for theObservership to Japan 2020 Program, pleasesend your curriculum vitae,a letter of recommendation,a document of identificationand the title page of a paper published in JHBPS (if applicable) to the secretariat of JSHBPS (info@jshbps.jp) via email by May31, 2019.Please indicatein the body of the email, your full name, position/affiliation in your country, your email addressand,if you are already incontact with an official of an institution in Japan where you desire to pursue this program, please indicatethe name of the official and the name of the institution.

The JSHBPS secretariat will announce successful candidates in a letter to each applicant by the end of September2019. The institution of choice where selected candidates will pursue theprogram will be announcedby the end of November 2019.