Research Scholars Program
2017 11th Annual Kathleen M. Foley Palliative Care Retreat & Research Symposium
October 24 – 26, 2017 • Four Seasons Resort, Jackson Hole, WY
Consistent with its strategic goal of promoting evidence-based research by supporting increased funding for research and training and providing opportunities for networking and knowledge transfer among researchers, AAHPM offers the AAHPM Research Scholars Program to facilitate participation for AAHPM members to attend the Annual Kathleen M. Foley Palliative Care Retreat and Research Symposium of the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC), cosponsored by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), American Cancer Society (ACS), Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation, and AAHPM. The 2017 event will be held October 24 – 26, 2017, at the Four Seasons Resort, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Benefits and Goals
The goal of the AAHPM Research Scholars Program is to advance the scientific endeavours of new/early investigators (who have applied for or recently received a Career Development Award) whose goal is to become independent scientists actively involved in palliative care research. The retreat provides an opportunity to develop attendees' individual works in progress and competency with core methodologies that are essential to conducting palliative care research.
The meeting format includes didactic lectures, small-group discussion by topic area and/or discipline, mock study sections, poster presentations, and networking opportunities. Retreat faculty will include representatives from AAHPM, members of the NPCRC Scientific Advisory Council and Scientific Review Committee, and representatives of ACS and the National Institutes of Health. This breadth of participants provides a unique opportunity for interaction between new and established palliative care investigators. Recipients of the award will be expected to be present for the entire retreat and to submit a manuscript to the Journal of Palliative Medicine or the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing within 2 years of the retreat.
Also participating in the retreat are HPNA Scholars, recipients of NPCRC Pilot/Exploratory Grants and Career Development Awards, and recipients of ACS Palliative Care Pilot/Exploratory Grant Awards. Nursing applicants are referred to HPNA's Research Scholars Program.
The successful applicant will
- currently be conducting research in palliative care
- have an identified research mentor
- have research papers on palliative care or end-of-life issues published or in press, preferably with at least one as first author
- have applied for or recently received a Career Development Award, and
- be an AAHPM member in good standing.
Previous recipients of the College of Palliative Care or HPNA Scholars Program awards, as well as previous recipients of NPCRC Pilot/Exploratory Grants and Career Development Awards and ACS Palliative Care Pilot/Exploratory Grant Awards, are not eligible for funding as an AAHPM Research Scholar. The Research Committee would welcome international AAHPM members to apply and would evaluate them all independent of their country status; if chosen, travel expenses would be covered.
The AAHPM Research Scholars Program is intended for individuals who are or will soon be applying for federal awards (eg, K award) or research funding awards (eg, R01, R03, or R21). Doctoral students will be expected to have an approved dissertation proposal. Priority will be given to applicants who have a demonstrated commitment to an independent palliative care research career, in either a full or part-time academic appointment. Unless a candidate has transitioned to the field of palliative care at midcareer, preference will be given to those who completed their formal training no more than 5 years ago.
The application cycle for the 2017 retreat and symposium is now open. Completed applications are being accepted until Friday, March 31, 2017. Please see complete submission instructions below.
New Research Scholar applicants should submit the following:
- Completed application form (saved to your files for completion).
- Applicant's curriculum vitae.
- Brief, 2-page description of a current or planned research project, including topic, study questions, methodologies, populations, and future directions.
- Research mentor's biosketch, not to exceed five pages. View the NIH Biosketch template.
- Letter of support from research mentor.
Application Evaluation Criteria
Multiple peer reviewers will rate each application to the Research Scholars Program by indicating their agreement with each of the following statements:
- The applicant is very likely to make an important contribution to our field.
- The applicant is very likely to benefit from attending the retreat.
- The applicant has had adequate training in research.
- The applicant has a qualified and well-matched mentor.
- The applicant's research area is very important to palliative care.
- The applicant has a promising publication track record.
- There is evidence that the applicant is well positioned to apply for external funding
Congratulations to Recent Awardees
2016 AAHPM Research Scholars
Prasanna Ananth, MD, MPH, Pediatric Oncology/Hematology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Crystal E. Brown, MD, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Washington
Heather Coats, PhD, MS, APRN-BC, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Washington
Kei Ouchi, MD, Instructor of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Justin Sanders, MD, MSc, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Megan Shen, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology in Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine
Susan Wong, MD, Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, University of Washington
2015 AAHPM Research Scholars
Jessica Bauman, MD, Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Massachusetts General Hospital CancerCenter
Carey Candrian, PhD, University of Colorado School of Medicine and Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group
Kavita Dharmarajan, MD MSc, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Elizabeth Dzeng, MD MPH MPhil MS, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Nidhi Khosla, PhD MPH, University of Missouri
Danetta Hendricks Sloan, PhD MSW MA, NIH Clinical Center, Pain and Palliative Care
2014 AAHPM Research Scholars
Lilia Cervantes, MD, Denver Health Medical Center
Zara Cooper, MD MSc FACS, Brigham and Women's Physician's Organization
Kimberly Garner, MD JD MPH, Little Rock Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center, Department of Veterans Affairs
Ann Long, MD, University of Washington
Hilliary Lum, MD PhD, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Eastern Colorado Healthcare System
Eric Roeland, MD, UCSD Moores Cancer Center
2013 AAHPM Research Scholars
Areej El-Jawahri, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital & Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
David Hui, MD MSc, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Dio Kavalieratos, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Division of General Internal Medicine
Elizabeth Loggers, MD PhD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Group Health Research Institute
Jessica S. Merlin, MD MBA, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Katherine Ornstein, PhD MPH, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Tara Schapmire, PhD MSSW, University of Louisville School of Medicine
2012 AAHPM Research Scholars
Jonathan Bergman, MD, UCLA; West LA VA Greater Health System
Stephanie Gilbertson-White, PhD RN, University of Pittsburgh
Liza-Marie Johnson, MD MPH MSB, St Jude Children's Research Hospital
Thomas William LeBlanc, MD MA, Duke University
Abby R. Rosenberg, MD, Seattle Children's Hospital; University of Washington
Melissa W. Wachterman, MD MPH MSc, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing