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Call for Applications: 2014 American Academy of Family Physicians Vaccine Science Fellowship
Application deadline is March 17, 2014.
The American Academy of Family Physicians has two vaccine science fellowship positions available for family physicians. The selected fellows will work with mentors to become more knowledgeable about vaccine science and policy.
Selected applicants will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and practical “hands on” experience through participation in meetings of leading experts in public health and immunizations, federal and state vaccine policy groups, and vaccine manufacturers.
Applicant must be an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, in practice or teaching, and out of residency and fellowship.
Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.
Each applicant must devote approximately 10% of full time employment (FTE) for one year.
Applicant must commit to travel time for appropriate meetings.
Because funding support for the AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowships is provided by Merck & Co., Inc., the selected applicants may be disclosed by Merck and posted on a public website by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as covered recipients under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, codified at 42 CFR Parts 402 and 403. The funder will have no input into or control over selection of fellows or content of the fellowships.
The overall purpose of the program is to develop a cadre of family physicians interested in and knowledgeable about vaccines issues. This cadre of family physician vaccine experts will assist the AAFP in providing effective input into the deliberations and decisions of federal and state public health agencies that set vaccine policies as well as educating practicing family physicians about advances in vaccines. This fellowship will address the interface between public health and the family physician community to make vaccine information effective and practical to the membership of the AAFP. The proposed outcome will be improved use of immunizations by the U.S. public and the highest level possible of vaccine safety and public acceptance of vaccines.
Who Should Apply
This program is designed to be of particular assistance to those who are early in their post graduate education careers. See other eligibility requirements above.
The fellowship is for one year, from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015. The applicant's institution and/or department chair must be willing to commit that sufficient time will be allowed to complete the fellowship.
Each fellow must agree to devote approximately 10% of FTE for one year (approximately 22 days). A nominal stipend will be provided.
The fellow will be required to dedicate time for travel in order to be involved with vaccine-related meetings. Travel costs will be covered under the fellowship. The fellow will attend approximately seven meetings during the term of the fellowship. Proposed meetings include: Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices; National Vaccine Advisory Committee; National Immunization Conference; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Washington DC to meet key governmental staff; Vaccine Manufacturers; and to the Wisconsin Council on Immunization Practices meeting and/or the Wisconsin State Immunization Program.
Fellows must agree to attend one of the following Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meetings: June 25-26, 2014; October 29-30, 2014 or February 25-26, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Submitting Your Fellowship Application
To apply, please submit the following materials to Janet Leiker, RN, MPH, CPHQ, AAFP Clinical Policies Manager:
A letter of interest
Completed conflict of interest form
A letter from your institution and/or department chair stating that it is agreed that 10% of FTE protected time will be allowed for the applicant to complete the fellowship.
Applications will be acknowledged via email upon receipt. If acknowledgement has not been received, please contact Janet Leiker.
Review Committee and Selection Process
Applications will be reviewed and awardees selected by a review committee independent of any supporter involvement. The awardees will be notified via e-mail by March 24, 2014.
Please contact Janet Leiker, RN, MPH, CPHQ, AAFP Clinical Policies Manager, at email@example.com or 800-274-2237, ext. 3161.
Senior Immunization Grant Awards
This program provides support to family medicine residency programs to enhance residents' quality improvement and/or community health training, while improving the rates of influenza and pneumocaccal vaccines in patients age 65 and older during the 2014-2015 influenza season (October 2014 through March 2015).
Award Winners Receive
• $10,000 grant
• $1,200 travel scholarship to present results at the 2015 AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students
• Recognition and the opportunity to share best practices
The 2014 Senior Immunization Grant Awards application is now available. Up to 16 family medicine residency programs will be selected to receive a Senior Immunization Grant Award.
• Deadline to apply is March 31, 2014.
• Awards will be announced June 2014.
Please contact Sondra Goodman at 800-274-2237, ext. 4457.
Support for the Senior Immunization Grant Awards is provided by the WellPoint Foundation Inc. and Pfizer Inc.