American College of Rheumatology Research and Education Foundation/Lawren H. Daltroy Fellowship in Patient-Clinician Communication
Application, format and submission requirement: All applications must be submitted electronically via the ACR REF Web site by 5:00 pm ET August 1, 2012. To submit your application, visit www.rheumatology.org/REF for a link to the online application. Please use 1 inch margins and Arial 11 point font for all documents submitted as part of your application and avoid jargon and abbreviations. Additional information concerning our awards and grants program is available at www.rheumatology.org/REF, or by contacting the REF at email@example.com or (404) 633-3777.
The aim of the ACR REF/Lawren H. Daltroy Fellowship in Patient-Clinician Communication is to improve patient-clinician interactions and communication. The award is intended to enable a rheumatology health professional clinician or graduate student to further study or to improve practice in the field of patient-clinician communication.
The fellowship may be held by a novice who aspires to improve clinical skills or an expert who can offer unique expertise to others. The application must be directly relevant to enhancing patient-clinician communication. The goal of the fellowship may be achieved through several mechanisms that include, but are not limited to:
• Educational opportunities for an individual clinician to improve his/her skills in patient-clinician communication
• Developing a course, lecture series or coursework on patient-clinician communication to be used in a training program
• Mentoring a junior faculty member or a clinician through work with a senior faculty member or clinician who is an expert in patient-clinician communication
• Conducting a specific research or educational project related to patient-clinician communication
• Inviting guest lecturers or workshop leaders to provide courses to a group of consumers and/or health professionals aimed at learning more effective patient-clinician communication
Applicants must be ARHP members. Applicants with limited research training or experience with grants or fellowships are encouraged to apply with a mentor holding such skills. Applicants with preliminary or extensive work in the area of patient-clinical communication or those with a desire to refocus their research toward patient-clinician communication are also encouraged to apply. This fellowship is open to both junior and senior level applicants. This award is not intended for physicians.
The applicant must be a citizen or noncitizen national of the United States, or be in lawful possession of a permanent resident card. Non-citizen nationals are generally persons born in outlying possessions of the United States (e.g., American Samoa and Swains Island). Individuals on temporary (J1, H1) or student visas are not eligible.
Award Terms and Funding
Awards are funded for one year. No continued support is available. Institutions may submit more than one application for consideration; however only one award will be given per year. The award amount of $7,000 will be paid directly to the sponsoring institution. Payments will be disbursed in two equal installments of $3,500 in July and January. Award funds may be used toward salary, fringe, stipend, tuition, travel, books, or other educational or research needs. If used for salary, salary levels should be set by the institution. Fringe benefits are allowed at a rate of up to 30%. Fringe benefit rate documentation from the institution should be supplied if requesting fringe.