Leadership Scholars Fund
The AAHPM Leadership Scholars Fund aims to increase the number of 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 their individual growth as a leader.
Through 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 grant from the Hearst Foundations to support a multi-year leadership scholars’ program. The Hearst Foundations grant supported 23 emerging leaders. AAHPM thanks the Hearst Foundations for their generous support of the field.
The Call for Leadership Scholarship Applications will be open from June 13 - July 11, 2023.
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.
Applicants must demonstrate a clear commitment to palliative care and leadership development by having a combination of actions and attitudes that reflect a deep understanding and dedication.
- The program will support up to 5 AAHPM Leadership Scholars in 2023 ($2,500 each per year through 2024).
- 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 an applicant 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, applicants are to include a personal statement and proposed leadership and career development plan that incorporates at least three (3) SMART goals tied to the AAHPM leadership core competencies.
Applicants will also need to upload the following documents included in the application submission:
- All applications must be submitted through the Academy's online application portal.
- A current CV
- One letter of support or signed attestation form that:
- describes the applicant’s work ethic and strong commitment to the field;
- demonstrates experience that the applicant will see through their proposed leadership and career development plan.
Scholarship applications including required attachments are due before the application deadline of 4pm CT on July 11.
AAHPM Core Competencies
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
Congratulations to the 2022 Leadership Scholars
Andre Cipta, MD
Michael Huber, MD MS
Emily Martin, MD FAAHPM
Ben Moresco, MD
Alexis Morvant, MD
Support the Leadership Scholars Fund
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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