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2014 Mini-Fellowship Program for International Scholars in Clinical Sleep Medicine, USA

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The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is inviting applications for the 2014 Mini-fellowship program for international scholars. This program consists of a 5-week training program in clinical sleep Medicine. Up to ten candidates will be selected from the countries outside the United States or Canada. Preference will be given to candidates from lower-income countries. Upon completion of the five-week training program and submission of an evaluation, a certificate of completion will be issued to each participant. The deadline to apply is November 4, 2013.

Study Subject(s): Fellowship is awarded for practical training in clinical sleep Medicine.
Course Level: The International Mini-fellowship Program consists of a 5-week training program.
Scholarship Provider: The American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Scholarship can be taken at: USA

Eligibility: Eligible applicants will be residents of countries outside the United States or Canada. Note that preference will be given to candidates from lower-income countries. Participants must be certified physicians, with minimal experience in sleep medicine.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Citizens of countries outside the United States or Canada can apply for the fellowship. Preference will be given to candidates from lower-income countries.

Scholarship Description: The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is accepting applications for the 2014 Mini-Fellowship Program for International Scholars. The goal of this program is to provide practical training in clinical sleep medicine to international physicians from lower-income countries who have no or minimal experience in sleep medicine, so they may develop or improve sleep health care and clinical research in this field in their respective home countries.

Number of award(s): Up to ten candidates will be selected for participation in the 2014 program.

Duration of award(s): The International Mini-fellowship Program is offered for a 5-week training program.

What does it cover? Upon completion of the five-week training program and submission of an evaluation, a certificate of completion will be issued to each participant.

Selection Criteria:
1. All applications meeting eligibility requirements will be considered and reviewed by the committee.
2. Committee members rate each applicant’s credentials and the composite scores of all committee members render a global score for each applicant. Applicants with the highest scores are invited to participate in the fellowship. If an applicant declines participation in the program an invitation to participate in the program will be forwarded to the applicant with the next highest score.
3. Multiple applications for a single country will be considered. However, the committee favors limiting the participation of only one fellow per country. The applicant with the highest global score will be invited to participate. The committee will consider having more than one applicant per country if the committee reaches a consensus that more than one applicant from the same country is qualified and the specific country is considered an underserved area with limited or no sleep medicine services.

How to Apply: All application requirements must be translated and submitted in English.
1. Completed application and pre-program questionnaire.
2. Evidence of graduation from a nationally or regionally accredited Medical School.
3. Licensure to practice medicine in home nation.
4. Evidence of certification in a specialty area by a nationally or regionally recognized medical group.
5. A copy of the applicant’s Curriculum Vitae.
6. Documentation of an active medical practice affiliation with a national or regional medical facility in home nation.
7. A letter of recommendation to study sleep medicine from a senior faculty medical officer at the affiliated medical facility with an assurance that the applicant will practice this specialty in the home nation upon his/her return.
8. A letter of recommendation from a mentor or colleague attesting the applicant’s character and clinical skills.
9. A one- to two-page letter describing the existing state of affairs of the practice of sleep medicine in the home country, detailing the applicant’s professional experience and reason(s) why the candidate is interested in sleep medicine. This information will be provided to the host center to initiate the development of the fellowship curriculum.
10. A valid passport from the home country and eligibility to obtain a visa to travel to the United States if selected.
11. A description of previous research experience (if applicable). A copy of a previous publication and/or description of previous experience in the applicant’s field of clinical medicine. Previous exposure and/or experience in the field of sleep medicine (if any, including sleep medicine courses and/or conferences) should be described and documented.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The deadline to apply is November 4, 2013.

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