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The NP/PA Clinical Hepatology Fellowship program provides salary and benefit support for certified and licensed Nurse Practitioners (NP) or Physician Assistants (PA) pursuing a full-year of training focused on clinical care in hepatology and is designed to:   

  • Increase the number of associate practitioners in clinical hepatology.
  • Facilitate the transition (or shift in emphasis) into 
  • clinical hepatology for associate practitioners.
  • Increase access for liver disease patients to adequately trained clinicians.

Detailed Fellowship Information  

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for this fellowship, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant must be a fully certified and licensed nurse practitioner, physician assistant, clinical nurse specialist or advanced practice nurse on or before July 1, 2015. (no contingencies or exceptions)
  • The applicant must have no more than 18 months of experience as a midlevel provider in hepatology and/or transplant hepatology (adult and/or pediatric) as of July 1, 2015.
  • 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. Applicants who are not members are encouraged to apply for AASLD membership no later than December 31, 2014 to ensure their membership is active by the award submission deadline. 
  • The applicant must be mentored during the fellowship period by an AASLD member Clinical 
  • Hepatologist who dedicates at least 50% of his/her time to the care of patients with liver diseases.
  • Only one application per institution will be accepted for consideration. 
  • The applicant’s training must occur in an environment conducive to training in hepatology and that ensures the competencies of the AASLD NP/PA Clinical Hepatology Fellowship Curriculum will be obtained. The program must include:

A minimum of three clinical conferences per week. (May include grand rounds or multidisciplinary conferences.)
Participation in a liver biopsy conference. Training may include performance and management of liver biopsy if the trainee’s licensing body, state, and institution permit this practice scope. The majority of the applicant’s time (>80%) will be focused on clinical care in hepatology.

  • Exposure to hepatology clinical research is favored however the applicant shall not assume the role of the dedicated research coordinator to ensure sound fundamental training in all areas of liver disease management.
  • The applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., Mexico or Canada. 
  • The applicant will not hold other, similar awards during the fellowship period. 

Fellowship Details

Fellowship Period: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016

An award of $78,000 will be provided for one year. Money is for salary ($65,000) and benefit support (up to $13,000) for the recipient. Fellowships are granted to the individual applicant not the applicant’s institution; however funds will be paid directly to the recipient’s institution.

The 66th Annual Meeting 

The recipient’s travel-related expenses incurred to attend the 65th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA will be reimbursed up to $1,000 and according to guidelines provided prior to the meeting. 

Journal Subscriptions 

The award will include complimentary subscriptions to HEPATOLOGY and Liver Transplantation for the duration of the fellowship period. 

Reports

Recipient and their mentor must provide quarterly reports documenting progress. The reports should contain patient log sheets summarizing case load, detailed conference and reading logs, evaluation forms, and a narrative description of what the recipient is doing differently than in the previous quarter as well as prior to the fellowship. A final report must be filed by the recipient and the mentor summarizing activities related to this fellowship. A financial report from the institution must be provided at the end of the fellowship period. The recipient’s institution will be notified of reports that are not received. 

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 environment
  • Quality of proposed clinical program

Incomplete applications and applications that fail to adhere strictly to the instructions (including the submission deadline, page limitations and required signatures) will not be reviewed. All decisions are final. 

Submission Instructions

Instructions

Download Application (PDF)

  • Use the forms provided as cover pages. Type or print responses. 
  • Put your name (last name, first name) and the name of the fellowship in the upper right-handcorner of each page. 
  • Use half-inch margins. Do not use lettering smaller than 10-point type. 
  • Assemble the application package in the order listed in the Required Documents section. 
  • Be sure to adhere to page limits. Applications that do not meet the requirements, in content or format, will not be reviewed. 
  • The completed application and required documentation (except for the Letters of Reference – these must be sent directly to AASLD) must be combined into and submitted as one PDF document. Name the PDF file as follows: Last name, first initial – NPPA Fellowship (Example: Smith, J - NPPA Fellowship)

Submission

The application deadline for this fellowship is 11:59 PM EST, February 5, 2015. 

Submit application in a single PDF document named as follows:

Last, First intitial - Award name Example: (Smith, J - NPPA Fellowship)

After August 1, 2014, submit your application here.

One copy of the complete application must be mailed to AASLD addressed as follows:
AASLD- NP/PA Fellowship/1001 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 400/Alexandria, VA 22314 


Questions should be addressed to awards@aasld.org.

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Curriculum Guidelines

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  • Application Deadline: 

Thursday, February 5
11:59 PM EST

You must be an AASLD member to apply for this award. Applicants who are not members are encouraged to apply for AASLD membership no later than December 31, 2014 to ensure your membership is active by the award submission deadline.