Walter de Groot Scholarship

Made possible by Sigvaris

Established in 1996, this award recognizes the significant contribution of Dr. Walter P. de Groot in advancing the specialty of venous and lymphatic disease by providing access for physicians seeking to advance their training in venous and lymphatic disease.

Known for his ability to accommodate opposing viewpoints with tact and simplicity, Dr. Walter de Groot endeared himself to colleagues both nationally and internationally. The award will enable medical students, residents, and fellows access to the educational benefits of the American Vein & Lymphatic Society (AVLS).

Application Deadline is July 31, 2023, at 11:59 PM EDT (UTC - 4:00)



Medical Students, Residents, and Fellows that are considering a practice in venous and lymphatic medicine are eligible for the Walter de Groot Scholarship.


The purpose of this award is to continue Dr. de Groot’s mission of promoting the sharing and exchange of venous and lymphological knowledge.


Scholarship recipients will receive the following:

  • An educational grant to attend the UIP 2023 World Congress, which includes complimentary conference registration and $1,000 towards travel expenses
  • A one-year membership in the AVLS
  • A seat on the Educational Development Committee
  • A seat on the 2024 AVLS Annual Congress Resident & Fellows Program Planning Committee
  • Recognition at the UIP 2023 World Congress for the recipient and their training institution


Applicants are required to submit a detailed outline of her/his rationale for attending the UIP 2023 World Congress and what they hope to learn, their area of interest within venous and lymphatic medicine, and an advocacy, research, or education project they would like to develop around venous and lymphatic medicine. The applicant must also provide a letter of recommendation from their current Program Director acknowledging that the applicant has a keen interest in venous and lymphatic disease and will represent the standards set forth by the AVLS in the treatment of venous and lymphatic disease. Applicants that are able to submit a research abstract to the annual congress will be awarded special consideration. Additionally, the Walter de Groot applicant should not have received a prior AVLS training scholarship and should not already be funded by other grants to attend the meeting. Successful applicants will be invited to be an active and contributing member of the Resident and Fellow’s Section of the AVLS for a two-year term and will be expected to participate in the bi-monthly conference calls and a face-to-face meeting at the Congress.

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by the AVLS Education Standing Committee. The selection process will be based on prior and proposed interest in venous and lymphatic disease, course of study and past, present and future contributions to venous and lymphatic medicine.

Up to five (5) awards will be available this year. Application deadline is July 31, 2023 at 11:59 PM EDT (UTC - 4:00). If the selected scholarship recipient has already registered for the UIP 2023 World Congress, his or her registration will be refunded.


The Walter de Groot Scholarships are made possible by Sigvaris Group and the Foundation for Venous & Lymphatic Disease.

Contact the Membership Services at [email protected] or 510-346-6800 for further details.



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