American College of Rheumatology Research and Education Foundation/Ephraim P. Engleman Endowed Resident Research Preceptorship
Applications Due Online November 1, 2012
Application, format and submission requirement: All applications must be submitted electronically via the ACR REF Web site by 5:00 PM (ET) on the deadline. Please avoid jargon and abbreviations in your application. To submit your application, visit the Web site for a link to the online application, which will be available at least 30 days prior to each deadline. Additional information is available at www.rheumatology.org/REF, or by contacting the REF at REF@rheumatology.org or (404) 633-3777.
The purpose of the ACR REF/Ephraim P. Engleman Endowed Resident Research Preceptorship is to introduce residents to the specialty of rheumatology by supporting a full-time research experience, with the goal of attracting promising physician scientists to the field of rheumatology.
Residents currently enrolled in an ACGME-accredited training program in internal medicine, pediatrics (med/peds) are eligible. Applicants may apply during any year of their residency. Residents must have identified a research preceptor by the time of application. The Preceptor supervising the resident must be a faculty member actively engaged in basic or clinical research relevant to rheumatology with a strong current record of peer-reviewed research (NIH-RO1-level or equivalent). Preceptors are responsible for approving the research plan and must be ACR members. Preceptors are limited to one resident per academic year and must provide a letter of support with the application. The award must be completed during the time frame of the approved residency.
Applicant must be a citizen of the United States, Canada or Mexico. US residents who are not citizens must be in lawful possession of a permanent resident card. Individuals on temporary (J1, H1) or student visas are not eligible Non-citizen nationals are eligible to apply. This generally includes persons born in outlying possessions of the United States (e.g., American Samoa and Swains Island).
Award Terms and Funding
Residents will be allowed to serve the three-month preceptorship in reasonable portions throughout the academic year. The applicant must present a budget that not to exceed $15,000. Funds may be used to offset resident salary (including fringe benefits not to exceed 30%), related laboratory/ research expenses, appropriate living expenses (if the experience is off-site), or other reasonable and appropriate institutional expenses. No institutional indirect support will be given. Applicants should include travel expenses to attend the ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting in the budget. All funds must be expended within one fiscal year.
The director of the recipient's residency program must agree to participate in all efforts to track the outcome of the resident for a reasonable time after the award. Each participant (preceptor and resident) will be required to complete an evaluation at the end of his or her participation in the program. Any abstracts or publications for this award must acknowledge REF funding.
Each application will be ranked on the following criteria:
1. Scientific merit and relevance to rheumatic disease research (clinical and basic science)
2. Preceptor's credentials as related to the project and previous experience as a mentor
3. Quality of the mentorship environment provided by the preceptor
4. Appropriateness and feasibility of the resident's role in the project.
Funding for this award is made possible through an endowment from Dr. Ephraim P. Engleman.