Advanced Transplant Heptalogy Fellowship Program

The purpose of this program is to provide salary and benefit support for GI fellows pursuing an additional, full-year of training focused on patient care in advanced / transplant hepatology. The intent of the training program is to prepare the trainee to be eligible for certification in transplant hepatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine ( ABIM ) or American Board of Pediatrics ( ABP ).

Advanced Transplant Heptalogy Fellowship Program Eligibility

  • The applicant must be a member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases ( AASLD ) at the time of award application and maintain active membership for the duration of the award period.
  • For the duration of the award period, the applicant must have a faculty mentor who is active in hepatology at the applicant’s sponsoring institution; the faculty mentor must be an AASLD member in good standing.
  • The applicant must:
    • Have been accepted to a US ACGME approved ( or Canadian / Mexican equivalent ) transplant hepatology training program with a start date of July 1, 2018; or
    • Plan to apply for the pilot GI / Transplant Hepatology combined program with a start date of July 1, 2018. Note: Prior to funding, successful applicants from 3rd year pilot programs must have confirmed acceptance into the pilot GI / Transplant Hepatology program.
  • The sponsoring institution must have a United Network for Organ Sharing ( UNOS ) or Canadian / Mexican equivalent approved liver transplant program, which must be in good standing and must perform at least 10 liver transplantations per year. The program must have a full-time faculty member or members capable of teaching a curriculum with a broad-base of knowledge in transplant medicine and hepatology. The program must provide training in living donor transplantation.
  • The research funds portion of the award is strictly for the fellow’s first year of faculty appointment at a North American ( US, Canada, or Mexico ) academic institution that will provide protected time to the applicant to perform mentored research. The research portion of the funds will transfer with the fellow to their first faculty appointment even if that is a distinct institution from his/her training institution. Fellows who transition to fully clinical positions, however, will not be eligible to receive the research funds of this award.
  • A single sponsoring institution may submit up to one application for each accredited ACGME transplant hepatology training program, pilot program site, or Canadian / Mexican equivalent program site.
  • Applicant may only apply for one (1) AASLD Foundation ( AASLDF ) award per year.

Award Details

The award provides $4,000 travel support ( on a reimbursement basis ) for the recipient to attend The Liver Meeting® and one additional educational meeting ( subject to Committee approval ) during their fellowship year. The awardee will receive an additional $26,000 in research support during the fellow’s first faculty appointment at an academic institution, paid directly to the recipient’s institution.Research funding cannot be used for salary for the awardee or to support non-research expenditures or indirect costs. The research funding is granted to the individual applicant; however, funds will be paid directly to the recipient’s institution. The research portion of the funds will transfer with the fellow to their first faculty appointment even if that is a distinct institution from his/her training institution. Changes in institution and/or mentor must be approved by AASLD Foundation. Recipients must acknowledge the award in all publications ( abstracts, manuscripts, or other documents ) resulting from research performed during the tenure of this award.

The recipient is encouraged to attend and present work at The Liver Meeting®. Travel-related expenses incurred to attend the 2018 Annual Meeting and one additional educational meeting ( subject to committee approval; e.g. Digestive Disease Week, International Liver Congress, American Transplant Congress, or any course offered by AASLD ) will be reimbursed up to $2,000 per meeting and according to guidelines provided prior to each meeting. Reimbursement funds are specifically and only available for attending the 2018 Annual Meeting and one additional educational meeting subject to committee approval; funds not used for this purpose will be forfeited and may not be used to attend other conferences that are not pre-approved by the AASLD Foundation Research Awards Committee.

Advanced Transplant Heptalogy Fellowship Program Selection Criteria

Candidates will be evaluated based upon their background and their commitment to a career in adult or pediatric clinical hepatology. Specifically, candidates will be reviewed based on:

  • Background and professional potential of the applicant as an academic hepatologist ( presentations at meetings, publications, etc. )
  • Quality of proposed future research project and planned use of seed grant
  • Experience, productivity, and commitment of the faculty mentor(s)
  • Clinical and/or academic environment

Applications will be reviewed based only on the written materials submitted. All decisions are final. Incomplete applications and applications that fail to adhere strictly to the instructions ( including the submission deadline and page limitations ) will not be reviewed.

Advanced Transplant Heptalogy Fellowship Program Application Process

The application deadline for this award is 11:59 pm Eastern time, December 1, 2017.

Applications will be accepted online starting on September 1. You will be sent an email confirmation that the PDF was received. If an email confirmation is not received in 2 business days, contact awards@aasld.org(link sends e-mail) to confirm receipt.

To prepare your application

  1. Download the application [PDF]
  2. Use the forms provided in the application package as cover pages. Print or type responses.
  3. Include only the required documents and provide signatures as requested.
  4. Put your name ( last name, first name ) and the name of the award in the upper right-hand corner of each page.
  5. Use half-inch margins. Do not use lettering smaller than 10 point.
  6. Assemble the application package in the order listed in the Required Documents section of this application.
  7. Adhere to page limits and complete all sections.
  8. The completed application, letters of support or commitment, and other documents as applicable must be combined into and submitted as one PDF document. Name the PDF file as follows: 2018 AdvHep – Last name, First Name ( Example: 2018 AdvHep in LT – Smith, Jane )

Advanced Transplant Heptalogy Fellowship Program Application Deadline

  • Application Deadline : 1st December, 2017
  • Award Period : 1st July, 2018 – 30th June, 2020

Contact Details

AASLD,
Phone No : 703/299-9766,
Fax : 703/299-9622,
Email : awards@aasld.org.

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