EMERGING LIVER ADVANCED PRACTICE PROVIDER (APP) PROGRAM
Meeting Dates: November 10-14, 2023, Boston, Massachusetts
October 25-29, 2024, San Diego, California
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 Emerging Liver APP program brings early career advanced practice providers (APPs) to the premiere scientific meeting in hepatology and advances their knowledge of liver diseases through educational programming, professional development activities led by leaders in the field, and networking with hepatology KOLs and peers from around the globe.
Participants start the program with complimentary AASLD membership, journal subscriptions, and 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. Over the next year, APPs will participate in special leadership and professional development activities led by AASLD / AASLD Foundation leadership and webinars related to clinical competencies in hepatology. The program concludes with a second fully sponsored trip to The Liver Meeting, where they will connect with new program participants and continue to expand their network and knowledge in hepatology.
Individuals who practice in underserved communities or identify as part of a systemically marginalized group in medicine that has historically faced barriers due to factors such as their race, ethnicity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, or socioeconomic status (e.g., first generation college graduate, from low-income communities, etc.) are strongly encouraged to apply. To promote health equity, increase patient access in medically underserved communities, and support increased diversity in the hepatology workforce, each year a minimum of 30% of available awards will be reserved for applicants from federally designated health professional shortage areas and/or Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI) for groups underrepresented in medicine.
How to Apply
In order to be eligible for this program, the applicant must adhere to the following guidelines:
- The applicant must:
- Reside in the US, Canada, or Mexico
- Be a:
- Graduate student in an accredited degree program for Advanced Practice Providers (e.g., MSN, MPAS, MSHS, PharmD, etc.) who is scheduled to complete their program between July 2023 – June 2024;
- A practicing Advanced Practice Provider (e.g., Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Pharmacist, etc.) who has less than 24 months experience in a setting primarily focused on hepatology and/or transplant hepatology (i.e., hepatology patients are greater than 50% of cases seen).
- Be interested in specializing in hepatology clinical care.
- Other Requirements:
- AASLD Membership is not a requirement to apply for this program.
- Previous participants of the Emerging Liver APP program are not eligible to apply again. Previous applicants who were not selected are encouraged to re-apply if they continue to meet eligibility criteria.
- Each program participant will work with an AASLD Associate Member mentor during their award for guidance, advice, and career coaching
- Candidates are not required to identify an AASLD Associate Member mentor at the time of application but may do so if they have a mentorship relationship already identified/established.
- Candidates who do not have an AASLD Associate Member mentor will be matched with one if their application is accepted.
- Applicants without a pre-identified mentor will not be penalized nor will having a pre-identified AASLD Associate Member mentor give an applicant an advantage during the selection process
- There is no limit to the number of applications that will be accepted per institution, but only one candidate may be selected per distinct department within each institution in an application cycle.
Award Period: September 1, 2023 – August 31, 2025
- AASLD Foundation will fully cover 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 for two consecutive years.
- Awardees will be eligible for travel reimbursement for other costs directly associated with attending The Liver Meeting and participating in program activities during their award term, as allowed by AASLD Foundation guidelines. Travel funds are paid to the individual awardee (not the sponsoring institution) on a reimbursement basis for actual travel expenses incurred.
- Awardees will receive two years of complimentary AASLD associate membership and digital subscriptions to AASLD journals.
- Awardees will be appointed to a standing committee or SIG steering committee for a one-year ex officio (non-voting) position.
- Funding notifications for the 2023 will be sent no later than August 1, 2023.
Candidates will be evaluated on their potential for a career hepatology including their background and professional potential, commitment to health equity, and demonstration of motivation, self-direction, and personal integrity.
Individuals who practice in underserved communities or identify as part of a systemically marginalized group in medicine that has historically faced barriers due to factors such as their race, ethnicity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, or socioeconomic status (e.g., first generation college graduate, from low-income communities, etc.) are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information on the definition of these demographic groups, please see:
- Racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in medicine, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds: NOT-OD-20-031
- Sexual & gender minority (SGM) populations: NOT-OD-19-139
To promote health equity, increase patient access in medically underserved communities, and support increased diversity in the hepatology workforce, each year a minimum of 30% of available awards will be prioritized for applicants from health professional shortage areas or federally designated Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI) for groups underrepresented in medicine.
- Participants will be expected to attend The Liver Meeting (held annually in November) in-person for two years and must:
- Commit to attend for the duration of the meeting (Thursday – Tuesday)
- Commit to attend all required 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 functions throughout The Liver Meeting
- Check in daily with your mentor
- Throughout the program year:
- Provide for two-way communication and regular follow-up with your mentor
- Complete all active units of AASLD’s Fundamentals of Liver Disease curriculum
- Participate in a minimum of 3 AASLD webinars over course of program commensurate with competencies of curriculum
- Participate for one year as an ex-officio member of their assigned AASLD / AASLD Foundation Committee or Special Interest Group (SIG) Steering Committee
- Participate as a member of the Hepatology Associates Special Interest Group
- Regularly participate in virtual career development activities offered for program participants
How to Apply
- Use page 4 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 4) and submitted as one PDF document. Name the PDF file as follows: 2023 APP_Last name, first name (Example: 2023 APP_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.
The 2023 Emerging Liver APP program is made possible through unrestricted donations from AASLD and donors to the AASLD Foundation.