James C. Puffer, M.D./American Board of Family Medicine Fellowship
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The Call for Nominations for the 2015 James C. Puffer, M.D./American Board of Family Medicine Fellowship is now closed.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) brings together the most eminent researchers, policy experts, and clinicians from across the country to work together to provide nonpartisan, scientific, and evidence-based advice to national, state, and local policymakers; academic leaders; health care administrators; and the public. The IOM is uniquely qualified to offer an exceptional learning environment to selected early career scholars and future leaders in medicine and public health. In commemoration of the 35th Anniversary of the IOM, the Anniversary Fellows program was initiated. Through an endowment from James C. Puffer, M.D., and the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), the James C. Puffer/ABFM Fellowship was established.
The overall purpose of the Puffer/ABFM Fellowship at the IOM is to enable talented, early career health policy and science scholars in family medicine to participate actively in the work of the IOM and to further their careers as future leaders in the field. In considering qualifications for the Puffer/ABFM Fellowship, preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrated interest in and focus on health quality and health services and have an M.D., Ph.D., or D.O. The program especially welcomes nominations of under-represented minority candidates.
The Puffer/ABFM Fellowship is awarded for a two-year period. During this time, the fellow is expected to continue their work at his/her main academic post, while being assigned to a board of the IOM. The boards are:
• Children, Youth, and Families
• Food and Nutrition
• Global Health
• Health Care Services
• Health of Select Populations
• Health Sciences Policy
• Population Health and Public Health Practice
The fellowship requires a ten-to-twenty percent commitment of time for two years, and includes attendance at a one-week orientation to health policy in October, the Fall IOM Annual Meeting and the meetings of their assigned board. Additionally, the fellow will participate actively in the work of an appropriate expert study committee or roundtable, including contributing to its reports or other products.
This experience will introduce the Puffer/ABFM Fellow to a variety of experts and perspectives, including legislators, government officials, industry leaders, executives of voluntary health organizations, scientists, and other health professionals. In addition, each fellow will be assigned to an IOM member who will serve as a senior mentor during the two years of the fellowship.
Each Puffer/ABFM Fellow will be asked to designate a tax exempt institution under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, which shall receive an unrestricted award of $25,000, with an expressed preference that the award be used to advance the fellow’s professional and academic career in so far as it is practical to do. The stipend will be administered through the appropriate department in the Fellow’s home institution.
Nominees for the Puffer/ABFM Fellowship must meet the following requirements:
• Nominated by a member of the IOM or governing body of the ABFM
• Active in the field of family medicine and may include a Ph.D., M.D. or D.O.
• Received a Ph.D. within the past one-to-ten years, or one-to-ten years out from completion of residency training with an M.D. or D.O.
• Able to dedicate 10 percent to 20 percent of time to the Fellowship for two years
• Endorsed by the department chair, institute director, or equivalent
• U.S. citizen or permanent resident at the time of the nomination
Nominees will be evaluated by an IOM-appointed committee according to:
• Professional accomplishments including research and publications
• Potential for leadership in health policy or health services
• Quality of letters of recommendations
• Expertise in an area of relevance to the IOM
Preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrated interest in and focus on health care quality or health services.
A complete nomination packet must include the following documents:
• A nomination letter from a member of the IOM or governing body of the ABFM
• Three (3) letters of reference
• A supporting letter from the candidate’s department chair, institute director, or equivalent
• An up-to-date curriculum vitae
• A brief one-page bio
|April 1, 2015
|| Call for Nominations
|June 8, 2015
|| Nomination Packets Due
|July 1, 2015
|| Awardees Notified
|October 19, 2015
|| Awardees introduced the the Membership
at the IOM Annual Meeting
|October 26-30, 2015
|| Fellow Orientation Week at the IOM
Inquiries about the Puffer/ABFM Fellowship should be directed to:
Marie E. Michnich, DrPH
Health Policy Educational Programs and Fellowships
Institute of Medicine
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 334-1506
Fax: (202) 334-3862