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Applications for the 2017 Awards will open July 1, 2016.

Overview

The Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Fellowship provides $60,000 in 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 program is to prepare the trainee to be eligible for certification in transplant hepatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and/or the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP).

Award Amount: $60,000
Award Term: One year
Award Type: Clinical Fellowship
Application Deadline: December 1, 2016

Eligibility

  • The applicant must be a member of AASLD at the time of award application and maintain active membership for the duration of the award period.
  • For the duration of the Fellowship period, the applicant must have a faculty mentor who is active in hepatology at the applicant’s sponsoring institution; faculty mentor must be member of AASLD in good standing.
  • The applicant must have been accepted to a U.S. transplant hepatology training program (ACGME approved) with a start date of July 1, 2017. Fellows participating in three-year pilot GI/transplant hepatology programs are not eligible for this award.
  • The sponsoring institution must have a United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) 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 applicant is a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or recipient of a student or trainee Visa to the U.S.
  • The Fellowship is strictly for an additional year of clinical hepatology fellowship training and the applicant may not be faculty during the Fellowship period.
  • The applicant will not hold other, similar, Fellowship awards during the Fellowship period.
  • A single sponsoring institution may submit up to one application for each accredited ACGME transplant hepatology training program; in the case of a multi-institutional ACGME-accredited transplant hepatology training program, only one application may be submitted by that program.
  • Applicant may only submit for one (1) AASLD Foundation award or Fellowship.

Fellowship Details

Fellowship period: July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018

The Fellowship funding may only be used for the recipient's salary and benefit support. Funding will be paid directly to the recipient’s institution. Total funding is $60,000 (up to 8% may be used to support benefits).

Fellowship cannot be transferred to another institution and recipient cannot change mentors without prior written approval from AASLD. Final activity and financial reports are due to the AASLD Foundation by August 31, 2018 and are not considered confidential. The recipient's institution will be notified of reports that are not received in a timely manner.

The recipient is encouraged to attend and present work at The Liver Meeting®. Travel-related expenses incurred to attend the 2017 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 2017 Annual Meeting and one additional educational meeting subject to committee approval; funds not used to will be forfeited and may not be used to attend other conferences that are not pre-approved by the AASLDF Research Awards Committee.

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:

  • Professional potential of the applicant
  • Experience, productivity, and commitment of the faculty mentor(s)
  • Clinical and/or academic environment
  • Quality of proposed clinical program

The AASLD Foundation will review the applications and select recipients of the Fellowship. 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.

Submission Instructions

Applications for this award will be available starting July 1, 2016. The application deadline is December 1, 2016.

 

Questions? Contact awards@aasld.org.