Leadership Scholars Fund
The AAHPM Leadership Scholars Fund aims to increase the number of qualified hospice and palliative care professionals participating in specialized leadership development programming. AAHPM Leadership Scholars receive up to $5,000 in funding ($2,500/year over a two-year grant period) to participate in select leadership development engagement activities designed to support growth as a leader.
Through continuing support from the Leadership Scholars Fund, this year AAHPM can offer five (5) scholarships. Applicants are responsible for customizing a personal leadership development plan that aligns with the AAHPM leadership core competencies.
The AAHPM Leadership Scholars fund was started in December 2017 when AAHPM was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Hearst Foundations to support a multi-year leadership scholars’ program. The Hearst Foundations grant has been fully utilized to support 23 emerging leaders since it was awarded. AAHPM thanks the Hearst Foundations for their generous support of the field. With donations received AAHPM can continue to offer this scholarship.
Help AAHPM continue to offer this scholarship in the future by making a donation to the AAHPM Leadership Scholars Fund.
The Call for Leadership Scholarship Applications is now open.
The scholarship offers funds to cover educational conference and course fees, travel support, career development assessments and coaching services, and professional development materials. Scholars are responsible for customizing their training agenda to meet their individual learning and engagement needs. As a result, recipients will have a two-year self-directed leadership and career development plan to catalyze and enhance their emergence and effectiveness as a leader. AAHPM Leadership Scholars will gain a community of peers with whom they can learn and grow.
The application cycle for 2022 is now open. Applicants must demonstrate a clear commitment to palliative care and leadership development.
- The program will support up to 5 AAHPM Leadership Scholars in 2022 ($2,500 each).
- The Leadership Scholarship Fund will provide 3 non-restricted scholarships and 2 restricted scholarships. Of the two restricted scholarships:
- one is designated specifically for a pediatrician, and
- one is designated for applicants from the southeastern US.
- Applicants must be AAHPM members.
- Applicants must demonstrate commitment to the field through a certification, years of practice in the field, and/or contributions that evidence active engagement in hospice and palliative care.
- Applicants must not be a current recipient of a career development award at the time of initial AAHPM Leadership Scholars funding (e.g., AAHPM Access Fund, NIH K-Award, VA career award, National Palliative Care Research Center, Sojourn Scholars, or another funded career award).
AAHPM Leadership Scholars who complete the required documentation at the end of the first award year will be eligible to request a second year of funding support for an additional $2,500.
As part of the application, you will include a personal statement and proposed leadership and career development plan that includes at least three (3) SMART goals that tie to the AAHPM leadership core competencies.
You will also need to upload the following in your application:
- A current CV.
- One letter of support or signed attestation form to:
- describe the applicant’s work ethic and strong commitment to the field;
- demonstrate experience that the applicant will see through his/her/their proposed leadership and career development plan.
Scholarship applications including required attachments are due before the application deadline of August 31, 2022 at 4PM CT.
The AAHPM Leadership Core Competencies are:
- Interpersonal skills
- Communications skills
- Professional ethics
- Clinical excellence
- Ability to convey a clear, compelling vision
- Continuous learning and improvement
- System-based decision-making and problem-solving
- Ability to build coalitions of support for change
- Ability to address the needs of multiple stakeholders
- Financial acumen and resource management
- Social responsibility
2019 Hearst Scholars
Jennifer Blechman, MD HMDC
Craig Blinderman, MD MA FAAHPM
Christine Khandelwal, DO
Pringl Miller, MD FACS
Sarah Stayer Mills, MD MPH
Alden Doerner Rinaldi, MD
Angela Stiltner, MD HMDC FAAHPM
David Wang, MD
You can help support scholarships for members to participate in leadership development activities. Help us to create opportunities for future leaders to continue to build a strong field for hospice and palliative medicine.
“I am so grateful for the scholarship opportunity I received from AAHPM and the Hearst Foundation. I have seen incredible returns already. It started with attending ASCEND—where my knowledge increased, my connections were established and my relationships developed. I continued my development with leadership self-study programs and professional coaching, and it has been the best thing that has happened for both my career and my leadership skills. This growth would not have been possible without the scholarship.”
Dillon Stein, DO
Co-Director, Division of Palliative Care
Butler Health System
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