AMSA’s Fellowship Program is an intensive one-year long educational immersion experience generously supported by AMSA and Kaiser Permanente Northern California Residency Programs. Through experiential education, mentorship, professional development opportunities, and individual scholarly pursuits, fellows support AMSA’s vision while gaining knowledge about organizational development and leadership. Fellows work to improve medical education for all physicians-in-training and champion advocacy efforts to improve the lives of the patients they will one day serve. Upon completion of this program, fellows will be uniquely equipped to deal with the challenges of a complex health care system and affect positive change in their chosen profession.
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Core Components of the AMSA Fellowship Program
- Experiential Education– Fellows will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the day-to-day organization of a national association. They will work alongside a dynamic professional staff to further AMSA’s goals while developing an appreciation for and general understanding of association management.
- Mentorship– Fellows will be able to receive and provide mentorship throughout their experience. Fellows serve as a resource to AMSA National Leaders in the Fellow’s content area. Fellows will also be mentored by local professionals who they identify as content experts in their fellowship’s focus area and are welcome to maintain existing mentorship relationships from afar. Fellows will work closely with all AMSA staff. Fellows will report directly to the National President and Executive Director.
- Professional Development– Fellows’ knowledge and skills will be enhanced by participation in meetings and conferences relevant to their respective content areas, role responsibilities, and personal interests. Formal and informal learning opportunities within AMSA and through AMSA’s extensive network of partner organizations may provide training and practical application in areas including grassroots organizing, lobbying/policy-making, teaching, health care systems, organizational development, leadership, and others based on input by current Fellows.
- Scholarly Project– Fellows will have the opportunity to pursue a project of their personal interest, as it relates to the content area of the individual fellowship. This project will allow the fellow to delve deeply into a topical area they are passionate about while providing a tangible product for AMSA. The design and identification of project deliverables will be determined through consultation with the ERD and Executive Director.
- AMSA’s fellowships are paid, full-time, year-long intensive educational experiences that support the mission and current activities of AMSA, along with the complementary activities and goals of partner organizations, as relevant.
- Eligible AMSA members are selected to serve as Fellows through a competitive process overseen by AMSA’s Executive Director and the National President, and AMSA retains primary responsibility for the supervision and employment of all Fellows.
- AMSA’s fellowships maintain a priority focus on the education and professional development experience of Fellow, while he/she works to actualize AMSA’s and AMSA’s partners’ organizational goals.
- AMSA’s fellowships have clearly defined and achievable objectives (articulated above in the fellow descriptions) from which to formulate an explicit work plan. The work plan is developed in collaboration with the fellow and key organizational representatives during the first three weeks of full-time work to both determine and outline specific implementation steps and deliverables to meet the stated objectives of the position.
- AMSA’s fellowships are organized under AMSA’s formal fellowship program; AMSA’s Executive Director serves as the fellowship program director, with additional support from the Executive Director.
- AMSA’s fellowships are all based out of the AMSA office in Sterling, VA, wherein the fellows are provided with equivalent stipends and benefits and held accountable to similar professional and employment expectations. Arrangements for remote work, either partial or full-time, may be considered and negotiated for exceptionally qualified candidates.
- Fellows are expected to participate in the Building On Foundations (BOF) meeting. Fellows’ attendance at BOF is mandatory and fully funded.
- Fellows are expected to participate in the activities of the fellowship program, which include regular supervision meetings with the Executive Director and National President, didactic trainings/seminars, select staff meetings, and similar activities that involve the fellow in the day to day work and responsibilities of all AMSA office personnel.
- In service to the goals of the fellowship program, content area experts will be identified and cultivated as mentors for all AMSA fellows.
A qualified candidate must be:
- An AMSA member (experience as an AMSA leader at the national or local level is preferred, but not required.
- A student enrolled in a graduate health program (MD, DO, MPH, PhD, etc.) in good academic standing;
(students who will graduate before the beginning of the Fellowship term may still apply and serve as an AMSA Fellow)
- Available to work full time out of the AMSA office in Sterling, VA, from May 2017 through May 2018 (exact start date negotiable);
- Able to work collaboratively with others to develop and achieve the goals in a work plan, with limited supervision;
- Able to demonstrate excellent speaking, writing, interpersonal, and leadership skills;
- Able to work well on a team and with professional office staff; and
The ideal candidate is energetic, well organized, creative, and passionate about AMSA’s mission and goals. AMSA fellowships are highly desired and they provide a unique learning opportunity for motivated students who enjoy organizing projects, cultivating strong leaders, and problem-solving in a high-intensity, productive, and evolving environment.
Each fellow receives:
- A stipend of approximately $50,000* for the period of the fellowship paid in equal installments over the course of the fellowship;
- Full employment benefits, which includes free health care, dental, life, dismemberment and disability insurance, along with co-premium vision, beginning the first full month after the first day of the fellowship and ending the last day of the month of the fellowship;
- Ten (10) days of Paid Time Off within the fellowship year;
- Paid Holidays (Holiday schedule is the same as staff and averages 12 scheduled holidays per year);
- Compensatory time off for working weekends and long hours;
- Reimbursement for expenses related to pre-approved travel, such as travel for meetings and conferences, typically around $3000*
*Subject to Board approval.
The following materials must be submitted directly to AMSA by the deadline: August 19, 2016 11:59 pm PT. The selected applicant will be notified by September 5, 2016.
- CV (including your name, current address, phone number and email).
- A letter or certificate from your medical school indicating that you are in good standing (this information may be combined with #3).
- A letter of recommendation, emailed directly to AMSA from a supervisor, academic advisor, faculty mentor, or dean who can comment on her or his support of you taking a year of absence from your graduate studies for the fellowship, and provide an evaluation of your maturity, work style, leadership abilities, and character strengths and weaknesses relevant to your ability to execute the responsibilities of the fellowship for which you are applying.
- A letter of interest, not exceeding two pages, stating the fellowship position for which you are applying, and describing what you hope to accomplish personally and professionally as a result of the fellowship, if selected.
- A draft work plan that includes suggested implementation steps to meet the general objectives of the fellowship for which you are applying and priorities of AMSA, not to exceed 3 pages. Applicants may consult with the current Fellows in the development of their draft work plan.
- A rationale and proposal for up to two personally meaningful projects you would like to pursue during your fellowship that complement the educational goals and general focus of the fellowship for which you are applying. Each project proposal should not exceed 3 pages.