Meeting Dates: November 10-14, 2023
Meeting Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Applications for this program are no longer being accepted for the 2023 funding cycle. The 2024 RFA will be posted January 2024.
View the 2023 Request For Application [PDF].
The AASLD Foundation Emerging Liver Scholars (ELS) program provides medical residents the opportunity to explore hepatology as a career through educational and professional development programming, learning directly from leaders in the field, and networking with hepatology KOLs and peers from around the globe.
Selected Scholars for this highly competitive program receive complimentary registration and travel support to attend The Liver Meeting®, where they will participate in exclusive networking and educational events while also having full access to all scientific programming the meeting has to offer. During their award year, Scholars will also receive complimentary AASLD membership, subscriptions to AASLD journals, and be able to participate in special virtual professional development activities led by AASLD / AASLD Foundation leadership.
The following named awards of distinction for highly-meritorious candidates are made possible through the generous support of donors committed to inspiring the next generation of hepatology leaders.
Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao Emerging Liver Scholar Award
Bruce A. Luxon Emerging Liver Scholar Award
Raymond T. Chung Emerging Liver Scholar Award
How to Apply
In order to be eligible for this program, the applicant must adhere to the following guidelines:
1. The applicant must:
- Be a:
- 1st or 2nd year Internal Medicine, Pathology, Radiology, or Pediatrics Resident;
- 3rd year Internal Medicine, Pathology, Radiology, or Pediatrics resident who will be completing a PGY4 as Chief Medical Resident before entering fellowship; or
- 1st through 4th year Surgical Resident
- Be interested in choosing adult or pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, hepatopathology, surgery or GI radiology with an emphasis on hepatobiliary imaging as their career focus.
- Have a mentor who is active in hepatology and who is an AASLD member in good standing
2. Mentor & Application Limits
- Each mentor may support up to two applicants per year.
- Two mentors may act as co-mentors for one ELS applicant, if appropriate.
- There is no limit to the number of applications that will be accepted per institution, but only one candidate may be selected per distinct residency program at a single institution (i.e., one resident from the internal medicine program and one from the pediatric program at the same institution may be selected, but two internal medicine residents at the same institution will not be selected in the same program year, even if they are in different PG years).
- Past Emerging Liver Scholars are not eligible. Candidates that have previously applied and were not selected are strongly encouraged to re-apply if they continue to meet eligibility criteria.
Award Period: September 1, 2023 – August 31, 2024
- AASLD Foundation will fully cover the awardees’ round-trip economy/coach class air or rail fare to the meeting city and back, up to 5 nights hotel within a designated program participant housing block, and registration to The Liver Meeting.
- Awardees will be eligible for travel reimbursement for other costs directly associated with attending The Liver Meeting and participating in program activities, as allowed by AASLD Foundation guidelines. Travel funds are paid to the individual awardee (not their institution) on a reimbursement basis for actual travel expenses incurred.
- Awardees will receive one year of complimentary AASLD trainee membership and digital subscriptions to AASLD journals.
- Funding notifications for the 2023 will be sent no later than August 1, 2023.
Applications for this highly competitive program will be evaluated on the candidate’s potential for a career in academic medicine, including their background and demonstration of:
- Highly developed interpersonal skills
- Motivation, self-direction, and personal integrity
- Leadership ability and activities
- Scholarly activity and research productivity
For the Resident Mentee:
- During the Liver Meeting®:
- Commit to attend for the duration of the meeting (Thursday – Tuesday)
- Commit to attend all required ELS program special events during the meeting
- Allow your mentor to guide you throughout the program and be open to suggestions about programming and attendance at certain
- Check in daily with your mentor
- Throughout the program year:
- Provide for two-way communication and regular follow-up with your mentor
- Regularly participate in virtual career development activities for ELS program participants
- Following your ELS year:
- Respond to an annual program outcomes survey for up to five years
- Serve as a resource to your colleagues by informing them about your experience at The Liver Meeting®
For the AASLD Mentor:
- You will be expected to guide the resident throughout the program, both during The Liver Meeting® and following the meeting.
- During the meeting, attend all Emerging Liver Scholar functions when required; check in with the resident daily during the meeting; and share your knowledge, understanding and experiences in the field of hepatology.
- After the meeting, help facilitate career development through guidance and advice; provide for two-way communication; and be the champion of the resident.
How to Apply
- Use page 2 of the RFA as your cover page. Type responses.
- Include only the required documents and provide signatures as requested.
- Include a header at the upper right corner of each page with your name (last name, first name) and award name.
- Use half-inch margins. Do not use lettering smaller than 10 point.
- Adhere to page limits and complete all sections. Applications that do not meet the requirements, in content or format, will not be reviewed.
- The completed application, letters of support or commitment, and other documents as applicable must be combined in the order listed in the Required Documents section (RFA page 2) and submitted as one PDF document. Name the PDF file as follows: 2023 ELS_Last name, first name (Example: 2023 ELS_Smith, Jane)
- Submit your application at www.liverresearchawards.org. You will be sent an email confirmation that the application was received. If an email confirmation is not received in two (2) business days, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm receipt.
The application deadline for this award is 11:59 pm Eastern time, April 17, 2023. Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed.
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The 2023 Emerging Liver Scholar program is made possible through generous contributions from Dr. Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao, the Luxon Family Fund for Emerging Hepatology Scholars, and unrestricted donations from AASLD and donors to the AASLD Foundation.